David Cunningham Indianapolis, Indiana
Life Coach, Relationship Coach, Spirituality Coach
BA, MA, ICF trained coach, Sober in Recovery 20 years, Tenured College Professor
David Cunningham is known for his gentle, empathic wisdom. He cares deeply about others and loves helping people reframe situations to find peace in the midst of difficulty. For the past two decades, he has remained deeply committed to doing the deep, and often challenging, spiritual work required to heal and grow. His passion for self-development and spiritual sensitivity has equipped him to listen and coach with compassion, kindness, humor and insight.
After 20 years of sobriety, he is frequently asked to share 12 step principles to help people overcome fear, anger and shame. As a tenured professor, he utilizes foundational teaching principles to lead, teach and mentor others into knowing and living a life of purpose. As a classically trained artist, he sees the beauty in the world that others overlook. As a coach, he helps others see the beauty in themselves that may otherwise be overlooked.
Abandoned by his father and abused by his stepfather, at the age of 19, David turned to alcohol and anything he could find to numb the pain from his childhood. Suicidal, bankrupt, and desperate, David got the help he needed from friends, mentors and strangers to start the healing and recovery process. Coaching and teaching is a natural outgrowth of the gratitude he feels for those that have listened, loved and helped him have the amazing life he has today.
In 2017, he began hosting and facilitating a spiritual growth and rejuvenation retreat for men finding purpose and reigniting passion. Since then he has engaged in formal coaching training and is scheduled to receive his Professional Coaching certificate this spring.
David currently lives in a beautiful historic home in downtown Indianapolis with his wife Amber, five children, cat, dog and birds. In addition to coaching David is a professor of Art at Franklin College and an award-winning artist.
5 reviews (1 verified) (5.0)
Coaching with David has been very helpful and of great value. In fact, it has exceeded my expectations. Before coaching, I could feel unwanted, negative, unhelpful things growing in me, but I was having a hard time resolving them. During my coaching sessions, I was able to reframe some issues in my life: letting go of unhelpful or inaccurate meanings I had assigned to life events/experiences, and coming to a better (and often more realistic) understanding of them. This reframing moved me to a place where I was ready to take needed, constructive action on situations in my life that weren't working. Not only has my mindset improved irrespective of circumstances, but my circumstances have improved as well due to the constructive action I've felt more emboldened to take. Also, sometimes it is just nice to get to say some things to someone without any resistance or judgement or personal record-keeping or affirming, especially negative emotionally-driven things that you don't fully mean or want and that you couldn't say to the people involved. There is just something about being able to voice it in an unadulterated way (without any resistance or judgement from the person listening) that helps the emotions attached to the statements dissolve and puts the feelings in perspective for you (most of the time without any feedback). Sometimes you just need someone who is willing to be that fully-present empty space for you. Coaching played that role for me as well. I am grateful. Thank you David.John
David is someone that truly listens and helps you break through your mental obstacles. He helps you discover root thoughts and mindsets that are potentially holding you back from achieving your goals. If you are someone that is trying to work towards your goals, but more importantly grow as a person, then you should talk with David. He truly knows what he's doing, and can help guide you in the right direction.Immanuel J
I have been friends with David for many years, early in his coaching journey, he asked if he could practice on me. At the time I had been in therapy for several months. My first session with David, was far more productive than the months of therapy Id done. By the end of that session, I was ugly crying happy tears as the result of becoming familiar with my true self.Brody H.
David is a gifted and caring listener that in return asks the right questions, helping to guide you in the right direction for self betterment.Bart Leonard