Mary Ann Marx, BS, PLCC, ACC

In life’s journey we are often uncertain where we stand, where we are going and what is the right path for us personally. Knowing our True North enables us to follow the right path. Coaching is about helping others create positive change in their lives. Whether it’s in the workplace or in their personal life, coaching helps people get focused on personal goals such as relationships, time management, work/life balance, stress reduction, grief, life simplification and career goals.

Life Coaching draws on content from multiple disciplines, including: emotional intelligence, positive psychology, workplace coaching, use of self, evidence-based coaching, neuroscience of coaching, systems theory, relationship intelligence, organization development and appreciative inquiry.

Mary Ann Marx , BS, PLCC, ACC has a BS in Human Services with a Social Work Concentration, earned her Professional Life Coach Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). For more than 20 years, Mary Ann worked for Sauk Prairie Schools, Community Education leading after school, at-risk, and parenting programs and was the Community Education Director for over 10 years. Mary Ann’s coaching practice centers around empowering individuals to discover what’s getting in the way of the things that truly create balance and fulfillment in their life. As a Life Coach, she works with clients to help them get a clear vision on where they want to be, uncover what’s holding them back, and help them take action steps to achieve that vision. As part of her coaching practice, Mary Ann facilitates workplace relationship workshops, and is a co-facilitator for WRHP’s Living Authentically Coaching Series. She also enjoys combining her love of cooking with coaching in her work with Abbondanza! and invites you to check out and share in the experience of abundance through food, family & friends!


True North Life Coaching and Consulting

Coaching is about honoring and enhancing a person’s journey. People come to Life Coaches when they feel stuck in various areas of their lives. Coaching helps clients identify what is most important to them and align their lives around those things that matter the most. Coaches work with clients to identify personal or professional goals and support them in achieving them by identifying what’s getting in the way and create a path to get there. Coaching is not therapy or counseling – coaches focus primarily on the present and the future and consider the client to be the expert in their own lives. This is key to the success of the coach/client relationship because it enables the client to determine their own “answers” through the work done in the coaching partnership. The results are long lasting because the client becomes empowered in their own life and develops the tools that work best for them to sustain positive change.

The Role of Coach and Client
The role of coach and client is as peers. I am a professional coach, not a licensed therapist, and do not attempt to provide diagnosis or treatment. You will share with me what you want for yourself, and I will assist you in discovering how to get there. The coaching relationship is about your agenda, always. I will listen, reflect, ask questions, give perspectives, and options. My job is to support you and I believe that you always know what is best for you – I will walk alongside you in that journey of discovery.

Life Coaches:
Help clients get clear on what it is they truly want in their lives.
Discover what’s getting in the way of those things.
Encourage clients to do more than they might do on their own.
Help clients focus on their goals in a forward motion.
Provide clients with the tools, support, and structure to be able to accomplish more.

I offer an initial one hour consultation at no charge. This helps clients see if there is a good fit for them in a coaching relationship and provides them with an opportunity to ask questions and experience some coaching as well.

Grief is a natural and necessary process that is universal as part of the human experience. Grief can affect us physically, emotionally and spiritually. We each experience it and work through it in our own unique way. An individual’s journey through grief is just that – a journey.

Grief coaching is about helping the client take the steps necessary for their own unique journey. While therapy or counseling can help with the healing process, the focus of grief coaching is to help the client create a positive vision for their future and help them create their own new kind of normal.

Coaching through grief includes:

  • Support
  • Understanding – Being a witness to your unique experience and honoring what is.
  • Care & comfort
  • Tools for achieving joy and fulfillment
  • Vision for the future

My approach to coaching individuals dealing with grief is to help them experience it through a “mindfulness” perspective. Mindfulness helps to “allow” whatever comes to your grief experience and is a powerful way to get “unstuck” while tapping into your own inner wisdom.

Communication is essential in any relationship and workplace relationships are no exception. High performing work teams benefit from high-trust working relationships that are grounded in mutually supportive and respectful work environments. The purpose of these workshops is to provide a continuum of skill building opportunities for employees to gain greater self-awareness, help identify their strengths (self-empowerment), adapt to change, and become more successful in their work and personal relationships.

I present on various topics and can tailor them to individual businesses/workgroups. Common topics include those that enhance skills related to emotional intelligence, professional relationship building, and enhancing communication skills.

The mission of these self-reflective and interactive workshops is to help participants gain greater insight into living authentic lives, with purpose, joy and heart-centered intent. Each session will cover a topic relevant to authentic living and include practical tools, strategies and open discussions. This series is co-facilitated by Certified Professional Life Coaches, Mary Ann Marx, True North Life Coaching, LLC and Cella Janisch-Hartline, Enlightened Way: New Day, LLC. Join us on this journey back to heart-centered living.
Topics & Dates for 2016—Mark your Calendars!!
“Who Was I Before I Put Myself Last?”
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 6:00—8:00 p.m.

“Get Out of Your Head & Get Out of Your Own Way!”
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6:00—8:00 p.m.

“Hold on Tight or Let Go…”
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:00—8:00 p.m.

“Belonging & Believing—Creating Meaningful Connections”
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:00—8:00 p.m.

“In the Face of Anger”
Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 6:00—8:00 p.m.

Each workshop is held in the Wisconsin River Holistic Professionals office located in the Prairie Fire Yoga building, 560 Park Ave., Prairie du Sac, WI.

Contact Us

I would love to talk with you to answer any questions that you may have.

Contact Information:

Telephone:  608-393-9336

Email:  maryann (@)