About Allison

Who is Allison, anyway?

This is Allison.

I am an enthusiastic person passionate about helping others achieve their goals in life. After working various jobs in service and helping professions, I started Allison Ormsby Coaching in order to speak to the special health and life needs of those in remission from substance use disorder, commonly referred to as “addiction” or “chemical dependency.” I am steadfast in my belief that it is possible to live the life of your dreams. However, most people don’t possess the skills necessary to either design that life, or even give themselves permission to live abundantly. My approach assumes that YOU are the expert on your life, and our work focuses exclusively on YOUR agenda. Through coaching, we will work through whatever is blocking you from achieving your goals so you can show-up as the highest version of yourself.

Since November 2016, I have been in training through The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) working toward becoming a Professional Certified Coach (CPC). iPEC is accredited through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and subject to their oversight.  I hope to be fully certified by December 2017.

Curious to know more about my personal journey of health and finding meaning in my own life?

Hi, I’m Allison and I’m an alcoholic.

I drank heavily in my late teens and throughout my twenties. What began as “partying” developed into a strategy for coping with uncomfortable feelings, and I pretty much felt uncomfortable all the time. I used alcohol to escape from myself. I hated myself. When I was sober, I felt overwhelmed by a sense of extreme shame that I was not living up to my potential – I was a disaster, I was a humiliation, I was a pity case, I was pathetic, I was not enough. I felt all of this, and I drank.

I was anxious and depressed all the time. I was suicidal. I once received a mental health diagnosis of “adjustment disorder with mixed mood,” whatever that means. Practically, at the time, it meant lots and lots of booze to cope with life. I didn’t measure-up at work, home or my social group. I felt like a failure; in my eyes, I WAS a failure.

In 2011, I got sober for real – went to treatment, participated in aftercare, attended peer support meetings, talked to a therapist weekly, and constructed a community of support around my recovery. Through new eyes, I cultivated a gratitude practice. I started to like myself. I realized that I enjoyed being alive and began searching for meaningful reasons to keep on living. My appreciation for myself and the world around me only grew, until I was able to reconcile my past and step into the present.

Hi, I’m Allison and I’m a Chemical Dependency Specialist (CDPT).

After several years of sobriety, I felt called to assist others in experiencing that magic for themselves. I enrolled in school to become a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional in the state of Washington (the state with the strictest licensing requirements, turns out). I will sit for the national certifying exam this year, and hope to be fully licensed by 2018. Initially, I worked at an agency in Seattle serving homeless and formerly homeless adults. I would go on to work with high school-aged youth in outpatient treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs) and doing prevention work with middle school students. While I truly enjoyed working with my clients and watching them grow, the work itself was not for me. I wondered if there was something wrong with me that I was not ultimately fulfilled by serving people in this way. That’s when I had the idea to combine my passion for sobriety with my other great love…

Hi, I’m Allison and I’m a powerlifter.

If you don’t wear a singlet, do you even lift, bruh?

Lifting heavy weights is my JAM. I love the feeling of moving massive amounts of weight on the bar. I thrive on the mental focus and determination necessary to accomplish this goal. I totally dig the supportive community that accompanies such a “jock” activity – it’s incredible.

I compete in the USAPL federation, and completed my first meet in December 2016. I have one meet coming-up before the end of 2017 and I already have my eye on competitions in 2018. I love the hard work that goes into the training as well as the camaraderie among athletes.

“I call middle!” With my teammates, Amanda Alvarez and Makenzie Paynter.

In addition to heavy lifting, I’m passionate about overall wellness. This includes a balanced diet, healthy sleep habits, supporting a meaningful spiritual practice, surrounding myself with people I love who care about me, allowing myself to experience the full spectrum of human emotion, being vulnerable, practicing honesty, drinking lots of water, spending time in nature, and doing what I need to do to support my mental health. I’ve learned to stay curious about myself and what I need at any given time.

Hi, I’m Allison and I’m a Holistic Lifestyle Coach.

This journey has lead me to become certified as a Holistic Lifestyle Coach through the CHEK Institute. You can read more about them and their mission here. I figured that if I really wanted to serve “my people,” I needed to get all the education I could in that pursuit. I am currently certified as a Holistic Lifestyle Coach level 1 (HLC1).

Hi, I’m Allison. 

How can I help you live a big, healthy, happy, life full of meaning and purpose?