Meet Tom Smith
I founded Ridgeview Coaching LLC, because I find joy in helping clients move through tough transitions and unexpected life crises. Over the course of my corporate business career and my role as a pastor, I’ve spent years specializing in guiding individuals through challenging times. As an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, I have the tools and expertise to help you move through transitions and onto the path of transformation. My experience as both a coach and a client has given me a unique perspective on the power of coaching to create space in which exciting personal transformation may occur.
I am a national coach for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a volunteer life recovery coach at GIFTS men’s shelter. I hold a Masters Degree in Divinity and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. As an author, I've written works that explore life transitions and how to navigate through them.
Whether you’re seeking support in your personal life or career, I am here to help. Through individualized coaching sessions, we’ll work together to ensure that you have the tools and resources necessary to navigate and thrive through life’s most important transitions. Contact me today to schedule a session.
When I'm not coaching, I love being a husband and father and enjoy skiing, cycling, kayaking, time with family, friends and our two Samoyeds, Lucy and Dwight, and cats, Winston and Koa. Two of my favorite places to hike are Sedona’s red rocks and Flagstaff’s Walnut Canyon.
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Ridgeview Coaching LLC creates space where individuals, teams, and leaders experience exciting transformation by overcoming challenges and pursuing goals worthy of their lives.
“I struggle with severe anxiety. My psychiatrist focuses on what’s wrong with me. Tom focuses on what’s right. After each session I leave feeling more hopeful for the week ahead."
"After 30 years, my employer downsized me. I was angry. I didn’t know what to do. A couple coaching sessions with Tom helped me gain a new perspective that allowed me to set goals and begin rebuilding
"I shared with Tom I was struggling with a painful past relationship. During our sessions I felt he really heard me. He helped me identify some action steps that allowed me to move forward."
Tom is genuine. He is confident with what he knows and doesn’t try to fake his way through things beyond his expertise. His clients’ success comes first. If Tom feels he isn’t the best coach for a client, he’ll refer them to a colleague.
Tom has personal experience navigating stress caused by significant life changes. The grace he experienced working with an authentic, compassionate coach changed his life. He offers that same life-affirming experience to others.
Tom believes each client is a capable and complete person right now who is the expert of their life. With coaching from Tom, his clients gain new awareness of their situation and develop actionable steps to move them toward their desired goals. He believes in you.
Tom balances the seriousness of guiding clients though life’s transitions with a sense of humor. He treasures the privilege of walking with people through challenging times and believes that sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.