Iris Arenson-Fuller Bloomfield, Connecticut
Life Coach, Family Coach, Relationship Coach
BA, Certified Professional Coach-International Coach Academy
I help people recover & rebuild life after loss, (all kinds) trauma, and hard life changes.. I help them reinvent themselves and be creative survivors. I earned my PCC level credential, and am a Life & Loss Transformation Coach, mom by birth & adoption, grandma, poet/writer, former adoption agency founder and director.
I have decades of experience in social services, & coaching clients ready to make big changes, & to reach big dreams. My personal struggles as a young widow, loss of many loved ones & of my home & belongings in a tragic fire, have taught me a lot, as has my business background. I have been a caregiver for multiple family members, & have reinvented myself several times at various life stages. I love helping clients do that.
I help people go from Life Stinks to Life Shines. I can help you navigate the rough waters, & come out better than before, regardless of how painful & disappointing things have been. Find a new normal full of hope & promise.
I am also an expert in All Things Adoption!. Ready to stop suffering? Ready to find success & more satisfaction?
Here are some of the situations I can help you with:
-Loss of loved one
-Loss of dream/finding a new dream
- Relationships (finding, fixing, healing from)
-Sandwich Generation & Caregiving
I have always been about meaningful, satisfying, growth-producing relationships in my personal & professional life.
Clients find me deeply caring, down-to-earth & practical, though I am also very creative.. I don’t put up with time-wasting, destructive, self-defeating behaviors, but if & when people are truly ready to let go of those, I am there for them & they know how much I care & want to help.
I coach via phone sessions & with email support. Free consultations. Let's talk asap, so you can begin your transformation! Don't be afraid. Invest in yourself now! You are worth it and won't regret it.
Iris has 16 reviews.
I could not believe in myself without you. I jumped at your invitation to help me! I don't want to live miserable and feel like a failure everyday. You have helped ME find ME, find my courage, my strength & my will power to go on every day, after widowhood and facing other struggles. Just teaching me to only cry at a certain time and then end it and make it be over for that day..just that tool alone is priceless!! Very thankful for you. I feel blessed to know you. And firmly believe it was Divine Intervention that put you in my path. ????????????Samantha K.-Cedar Bluff, VA
“Iris is very talented, calm, patient, empathetic and empowering coach. She is very easy to talk to, which makes the environment of coaching very pleasant. I thoroughly enjoyed the group sessions of the group she led."Nupur Burman Bhatnagar –Coach, New York
Monica C. P.-B.
“You're amazing Iris, thank you for all that you do to help others.”Monica Catherine P.-B-Pennsylvania
"I really enjoyed working with Coach Iris. She was compassionate while encouraging me to stay on track towards my goals. My main purpose by hiring Iris was so that I could find the right adoption agency to work with. Iris was very knowledgeable and provided me with a lot of information and factors to consider when choosing the right agency. She helped me create different ways to reward progress with other goals, such as being on time as well as a big change I made in my eating habits. I appreciated that even after we stopped working together Iris has kept in touch with a genuine desire to know if my new habits are sticking, which they are."Jessica K.-Colorado
"For a coach who saw more in me,
More than I thought I could ever be.
Who taught me to discipline
This mind and body I'm in,
Who raised expectations and dreams,
Beyond normal endurance,
Beyond myself, and ever since,
I am a better person for it,
Because you taught me not to give up".
"Iris has helped me deal with my daily struggles and puts so much heart into her work. I have not met anyone before who wants to help me to the extent she does, and who gives time and energy the way she does. I recommend her highly to coach you through a variety of difficult problems and life changes"Sarina H.- Massachusetts
I began working with Iris when I was struggling through new widowhood and feeling life would never be ok for me again. I worked with Iris for over 6 months. She helped me not only with my grief and with the insecurities I felt as a widow, but helped me to look at my past in relation to why I make the choices I often make. Iris worked with me on recognizing my inner strengths and building confidence in my own abilities...Iris has pushed me to use my own talents and creativity. As my circumstances and goals changed over time, Iris assisted me in shifting gears and focusing on my new challenges...I would suggest your contacting Iris and hiring her as soon as possible.Diane R.-New Jersey, Widow, Retired
Divorce stinks! I thought it was what I wanted and needed when the marriage was falling apart. I thought that my life would miraculously fall into place as soon as it was final. Boy, that didn't happen. I felt lost, like a failure and plenty scared. Iris quickly helped me recognize my grief. She gave me some tools to begin to deal with it. I had lost my sense of self too. She helped me find what I was made of that was good, and that was still working. We kind of rebuilt me together. It was like rehab, one step at a time. as I re-learned how to be me. Soon I was having fun and looking forward to our sessions. My kids noticed a big difference in my moods after only three sessions with Iris. I I have seen some huge great changes in how I deal with things. I stay on task and don't give up right away now. I relate to people much , much better than ever before.Lisa T., CT-Divorced Mother-Hairstylist
I am a gay male and lost my partner to AIDS some years ago. I want to find a new relationship but am still sick with grief and afraid. Someone I work with told me about Coach Iris. I was skeptical at first about her ability to help a gay person since she is not gay, but boy, was I wrong. She is so open and such a “possibilities person”, as she describes herself. She is very right about that and has helped me to see so many new possibilities in life. I am so pleased at the progress in my life and with my new goals and accomplishments. Thank you, Iris!Axel B.-New York-Retail Manager
Iris was such a great resource for me when I was going through everything that followed placing my son for adoption....Iris was such a good listener. I felt like she genuinely cared about what I was going through, and helping me come out of it okay. She also checks in on me every so often now, months after our sessions have ended...We did exercises that really helped me see a future beyond my pain and grief...She was one of the major factors in my “recovery” this past spring, and I will always be thankful to her for this. Even the first time we talked on the phone I felt like she was interested and genuinely cared about me.Julia D., CT-Student and Birthmother
Iris is an insightful and compassionate person and an excellent life coach. She has been of great help to me through some very difficult times.Ted Myers, Santa Monica, CA-Musician, technical writer
Iris is very knowledgeable in her field, with an enormous amount of compassion and understanding for others. I highly recommend her. She has a heart of gold.April Coburn-Viola, Long Island, NY- Adoption Agency Director, Adoptive Mother
Iris is a deeply caring individual who is passionate about her work. She has high integrity, working with her clients is a labor of love for her and she is an expert in what she does.Barbara Rezner, Esq., CT-Attorney and Adoptive Mother
It was hard for me to decide if I needed a therapist or a life coach. Iris helped me figure that out first, informing me that she wanted the best possible kind of help tailored for me. I had lost my job, lost a close friend, had some new medical problems and was having trouble relating to my friends, who suddenly seemed superficial to me. Iris was there for me all the way. She was always interested in me and what I was thinking and feeling. She tuned in to the slightest changes in mood and tone. She was tough but caring. She refused to accept my excuses that I had gotten into the habit of giving. She demanded the best from me. I balked at first but started to get on board as we developed actions and plans. When I began to feel and see changes in my life, I started to get excited. I have a new job, am in a better state of mind. I am learning to live with my medical problems but better yet, I have pushed my limits with Iris' help and found avenues to meet some new friends who are much more in tune with who I am and with my lifestyle than the people I used to hang around with. Iris is not all about money either. She helped me find a way to make coaching fit my budget.Amy C., VT-Ultrasound Technician
I think that Iris has an unusually heightened awareness and the ability to break thru "the forest" to see every single "tree". I hope I'm not being too cuteCarol C. New Milford, CT & CO-Trade Organization
There are very few people that I trust and respect enough to share my deepest and darkest feelings with so sharing isn’t exactly the easiest thing for me. Iris happens to be someone that I truly trust and respect and enough so that I’m able to let my guard down and actually open up and talk (which is RARE for me). From the first time that I met her I knew that she was a special person…Someone who can be trusted. She has a unique quality about her that makes it easy for people to open up to her and let her see the rawest part of them…That’s a GIFT! I open up to her for many reasons. I trust her logic and perspective, she's level headed, understands and empathize with the struggles that I’m going through, is easy to talk to, I TRUST and VALUE her thoughts, comments, opinions and ability to help me examine my beliefs and actions. Most importantly, I know that no matter what she'll be honest with me and won’t necessarily tell me what I want to hear, but rather what I need to hear.L.D.-CT-Adoptive Mother, Homemaker
Felicia Hailey, Cedar Hil, TX -Teacher & Life Coach
Iris taught me a lot about coaching and how important it is to ask the right questions. My goal was to do more with my coaching business and I achieved that by the time our 12 weeks of sessions were done. I will remember to focus more. I will build on the coaching skills I learned. Iris seems like a very experienced coach with years of experience. She has the ability to encourage and make you jump out of the box. I like that and I need that.