Patrick Williams, Ed.D., President and founder of the Institute for Life Coach Training, brings with him a wide variety of training in psychology and professional experiences, as well as training as a coach. Dr. Williams serves as Chair of the IUPS Professional Coaching & Human Development Department.
He is also the co-author of the highly acclaimed Therapist As Life Coach: Transforming Your Practice, a Behavioral Sciences Book Club selection, as well as a former member of the board of directors of the International Coach Federation (ICF). In addition, Dr. Williams and another IUPS faculty member, Dr. Lloyd Thomas, have co-authored a highly successful new book well worth checking out, Total Life Coaching: 50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance Your Practice...and Your Life. He has also co-edited Law & Ethics in Coaching, and most recently co-authored the highly acclaimed Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute for Life Coach Training.
His personal approach is eclectic, drawn from his graduate education, life experiences and other professional training. After 16 years as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Williams joined CoachU in early 1996, graduating in 1997. He was one of the initial few who was recognized as a Master Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation in 1998. He has trained with Tim Gallwey (author of The Inner Game of Tennis and The Inner Game of Work) and John Whitmore (author of Coaching for Performance) utilizing coaching approaches from sports applied to business. He also trained with Iris Martin (author of From Couch to Corporation) on techniques for executive and corporate coaching, as well as Frederic Hudson’s Life Launch Intensive Coach Training.
In addition, Dr. Williams has had NLP training and began executive coaching with The People Business in Ft. Collins, Colorado in 1990. He is a seasoned coach who has participated in many of the personal development approaches of the last three decades. His psychology training emphasized approaches and theories of Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Abraham Maslow, Roberto Assagioli, William Glasser, Victor Frankl, Virginia Satir, and other theorists of the Humanistic Psychology and Human Potential Movement. His doctoral dissertation was published as a textbook entitled Transpersonal Psychology and the Evolution of Consciousness.
Since 1990, Dr. Williams has been a personal and business coach, working in partnership with individuals who want to live an extraordinary life.
He presents workshops and speaks on a variety of topics related to personal and business excellence, and is a graduate and a former trainer with Coach University, one of the early coach training schools.
In 1998, he recognized the need to provide training to mental health professionals who desired to add coaching to their business or who wanted to improve their therapy practice. Dr. Williams founded Therapist University, now called The Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT), a “distance learning” forum with all classes taught by teleconferencing. His faculty are all seasoned therapists and certified coaches with varied backgrounds in formal coach training. The curriculum for ILCT’s Foundational Coach Training Program has been researched and drawn from Sports Psychology, Humanistic Psychology, NLP, Corporate and Organizational Development and the growing body of Coaching Literature.
In all of his professional endeavors, Dr. Williams brings a whole-person approach to his work and presents himself with integrity, a deep sense of caring, and a lightness of spirit. His mission is to profoundly impact the lives of those he coaches and trains so that they may profoundly impact the lives of others.
Education and Certification
B.A. Kansas University - Psychology 1972 (Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa)
M.A. West Georgia State University – Humanistic Psychology 1975
Ed.D. University of Northern Colorado – Transpersonal Psychology and Counseling 1977
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 1980 – Present
Certified EMDR (Trauma Reduction Techniques) 1992
Certified Ericksonian Hypnosis 1991 • Coach University - Trainer 1996 – 1998
Coach University Graduate 1997 • Master Certified Coach – 1998
Registered Leadership Coach