coaching for sustainable change

Personal Coaching

Patricia Risch M.Ed., PCC



"At the heart of coaching is a creative and thought-provoking process that supports individuals to confidently pursue new ideas and alternative solutions with greater resilience." – International Coach Federation



pcc personal certified coachCoaching is a process of change that enables the client to create fundamental shifts in the way they relate to themselves, others, and the world. General situations and transitions are addressed in the client's life through transforming their way of thinking, feeling and behaving. Topics are explored through a process of awareness and insight-based learning, which creates long-term behavioral change, and reflective inquiry. Additionally, coaching is a future-focused, discovery-based process in which the client is led to create solutions within themselves and is accountable to implement them. As obstacles and challenges are explored, practices for sustained behavioral changes and solutions that work are built. The primary focus of coaching is to create actionable strategies for achieving specific and clear goals. Professional coaching explicitly targets maximizing potential.


I bring a global mindset and international experience to the coaching engagement. My work with clients includes a broad spectrum of domains such as adjusting to new work environments, career changes, inspiring and supporting leaders, cross-cultural relations, transitions – to new countries, new academic settings - and a multitude of life’s challenges and situations.


Embedded in my coaching is a focus on well-being through an awareness and strength-based approach integrating mindfulness-based practices. My coaching is grounded in modern neuroscience, ontological coaching and positive psychology. Using insight-based learning and reflective inquiry, clients experience long term behavioral change. My heart-centered and integrative approach focuses on the present, develops attention and potential, and brings conscious awareness to life-situations.


Coaching during a transition is designed to create ease. Any change brings challenges and opportunities. Knowing what to expect and developing strategies, new insights and perspectives for transitioning with ease, will help ensure smooth landings.


I have navigated many international moves with my family and successfully transitioned into new cultures. I have coached culturally diverse people and understand and leverage differences, which is vital in today’s global world. Even though there have certainly been challenges, I have learned that crossing cultures and bridging worlds can bring enormous pleasure and incredible opportunities.


I commit to work with you to:

  • Inspire you to think creatively
  • Coach you to create awareness
  • Coach you to see blindspots
  • Coach you to think globally about life-situations
  • Inspire you to face hard work, and work intelligently
  • Invite you to be healthy in body, mind, emotions, and spirit
  • Invite you to explore self-compassion
  • Encourage you to develop sustainable practices
  • Encourage you to take risks
  • Keep you accountable for action steps


Email Patricia Risch at I am available for virtual coaching and at times throughout the year in Zürich for in-person coaching.