coaching for sustainable change

Personal Coaching

Patricia Risch M.Ed., PCC



"It was such a pleasure working with Patti for professional coaching over the last six months. I didn’t know what to expect from coaching, as this was my first experience. Heading into it, I knew I wanted to gain skills that could up my professional game and better equip me as a leader in the workplace. Patti helped me achieve that and so much more. Patti is an excellent listener; her ability to hear what I’m saying and thoughtfully respond with helpful feedback is fantastic. Patti consistently provided insight that shifted my perspective. I was able to apply the ideas and tools that we developed together during the sessions to my work and home life. This resulted in better working relationships with my colleagues and even a healthier balance at home. Patti is a talented professional who provides genuine and thoughtful coaching at the direction and pace of her client. I highly recommend Patti to anyone seeking a professional coach."


Jaclyn Wilmot, MPA, Volunteer Engagement Director

Engineers Without Borders USA, Denver, Colorado



"Patricia has the warmest and compassionate coaching style. Her energy reflects a deep caring and willingness to walk the dark alleys and point the way to the sunny spaces in life. She's right there with you the entire time."


Joan Ramstedt-Andersen, PCC

Ramstedt & Associates, Newport Beach, CA, USA



"Patricia is a kind-hearted and fierce coach which is a powerful combination. She helped me slow my mind down and focus on the beingness of my intentions. A wonderful experience with a great coach. Thanks!"


Paul S. Sanbar, PCC, Certified Coach Supervisor

Los Angeles, CA, USA



"Patricia's presence and deep questions helped me uncover/realize many of my internal processes and the why behind my goals. I really appreciated her holistic approach and the calm energy she brings to the coaching session. There is a feeling of ease combined with deep discoveries during the sessions."


Roula Saba Mouhanna, Founder & Manager CoreChange

Beirut, Lebanon



"I have chosen Patricia, because of her ontological approach to coaching, which is an area I am particularly interested in. I got much more than learning about ontological coaching. I was coached on very challenging issues and made major decisions in my personal and professional life. Patricia as a coach is very observant and appreciative, focuses on a way of being, asking really insightful questions, picking up my values and my strengths, celebrating my successes."


Zlatica M. Stubbs, MA, PCC, MKcS, Professional Coach Trainer and Coaching Supervisor

Manchester, UK, Zilina, Slovakia



"It is impossible to walk away from a discussion with Patricia Risch without feeling enriched. The long-term, positive and sustainable changes help her clients to move forward. Her professional background, experience, compassion and continuous expansion of her skills make her an invaluable resource for those seeking a clear, positive and at times, alternate path."


Francine Goodman, MS-CCC, SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Zürich, Switzerland



"Patti is an inspiring and wonderful coach and she truly drives sustainable change. She has a natural gift which enables her to connect easily with all kinds of people from high school, college students to professionals across different continents. Patti has an intuitive, flexible and individualized approach to coaching that drives concrete and amazing results."


Cristina Haas

Zürich, Switzerland



"I had a friend recommend doing this. And it was an excellent choice at the time of my life. Patricia was an amazing down to earth coach that had great helpful things to add to learning with additional ways to succeed with success. She was a great listener and always had great tactics with different areas that came up with transitions of moving to another country, dealing with different cultures, different people, and categorizing selfcare time. Amazing individual and I would recommend her to anyone else."


Kelly Pettit, Post-Graduate Student in Veterinarian Science

University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe



"I took the Coaching course as part of my Leadership development training. The course helped me to develop the areas where I needed to straighten and helped me find my leadership style (Democratic). I also learned how to adjust my oral and written communications with my staff and senior Management. My staff has communicated that I am more approachable and relaxed. I highly recommend taking Coaching from Ms Risch."



Rockville, Maryland



"I had the great opportunity to engage with coaching from Patti. We had some amazing conversations and she asked some great questions that really made me think how to manage a new team. This is especially true as I started my coaching with Patti as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. She really helped put a lot of management questions I had into perspective and allowed me to engage with my employees as we all transition to a new way of doing business. I would highly recommend her as a professional coach."


Chris Wardell

Denver, Colorado



"During all the years I have known Patricia, I feel very fortunate to have worked with such a professional, compassionate and caring educator. In every capacity, Patricia demonstrates a high level of professionalism combined with strong inter-personal skills, which greatly facilitates her work with children and adults."


Ji Han, Director of Curriculum and Learning

Zurich International School



"Patti is caring, reliable and committed. She is balanced and mature with a generously warm perspective of life and the world around her. Her personal stability is evident in her constant positive attitude to her work and the people around her."


Annika Hansson, RN

Zurich International School



"Patti is a gifted, intuitive teacher who is exceptionally well attuned and sensitive to the emotional and intellectual needs of her students and colleagues alike. She has an almost uncanny instinct for recognizing, understanding, and interpreting the moods, dispositions, and feelings of any person with whom she interacts. She has also developed a finely attuned sense of school culture and ethos, a gift with she is able to put to excellent use in advising Principals and other Leadership Team members, especially in crisis situations. Patti's ongoing work and professional development in the field of transformational and interpersonal coaching with both adults and adolescents reflects this unusual strength of hers."


Peter Mott, former Director

Zurich International School



"Patti Risch is the consummate professional. While working at the Upper School of the Zurich International School, she competently and professionally dealt with a wide range of issues in her counseling role. This included bereavement counseling, bullying, family counseling, providing teacher emotional support, anorexia, depression, academic assistance, and student transition issues. Where necessary and relevant, she would refer families to and liaise with professional psychologists and psychiatrists. On a personal level, Patti is someone who enjoys being around people. She has a great sense of humor and has the flexibility and easy going nature to mix with all different personality types."


Jon McLeod, former Upper School Principal

Zurich International School



"Patti demonstrated excellent coaching skills adhering to the ICF core coaching competencies. She provided a safe, professional, flexible, and supportive coaching presence. She was an expert active listener; she asked powerful questions, used direct communication, and led her clients to effective planning and goal setting. Patti has a gift for providing strong support and partnership throughout the sessions. She consistently and skillfully followed her client's direction. Patti demonstrated a true talent for listening below the surface and brought ideas to light for possible exploration with her client."


Sheri Boone, MCC, BCC, ICF Mentor Coach



"Patti's reputation is founded on her professionalism and her remarkable ability to guide individuals and small groups through a number of personal issues and concerns. She is a fine educator, a professional coach and personifies kindness and integrity."


Laurie Hawkins, Director of Student Support

Zurich International School



"Patti is one of the most highly committed, ethical, and passionate coaches I know. She honours quality coaching and brings a high degree of personal integrity to both her coaching and her relationships to others. As a coach, Patti brings a very empathetic and nurturing presence to the clients, which helps clients to open themselves and to move forward."


Dr. Lille Springall

Lifequest, Zürich, Switzerland



"Mrs. Risch has a very nondirective style. She is an excellent listener, explores deeper into the topic and is clear in her questioning. Her presence is strong while coaching and the atmosphere and trust that she can build quickly with the client are remarkable. I have the feeling her clients feel respected and comfortable to explore uncomfortable issues with ease. She is connecting her clients with strengths they already have and supports them to define the next actions steps with great clarity."


Désirée A. Steinmann, Professional Coach ACC

Steinmann International



"Patti guided me to recreate my life, to set goals and to find a new beginning on a new path. I have a clearer and greater vision of my strengths and how I can use them to serve myself in positive ways and ultimately to be able to serve others. She has supported me to find balance in my life. I feel empowered and much stronger. Patti brings presence and trust to the coaching relationship. She clearly tapped-in on my strengths and my potential. I now believe in myself and my vision. This journey brings great joy to my life."


Kirsti Heiskanen, Finland and Switzerland,

Pilates Instructor, The Pilates Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA



"With Pilates as the anchor, Patti is able to help increase core body strength, body awareness and control, postural stability, and relaxation. But perhaps even more importantly, Patti is able to help the student understand how their body and mind are interconnected. Through reflection and discussion, the student can begin to understand how their body posture and movement is related to their behavior in other areas."


Laurie Watt

London, England