Heather Gold, MSW, ASW (Life Coach/Professional Organizer) Helping others in chaos and finding order is a path that is very comfortable for me to navigate. As a Life Coach/Professional Organizer, my passion is to help people create an improved quality of life and a healthy environment through organizing. It can be overwhelming when clutter starts taking over the physical space but it also diminishes the mental and emotional state of individuals causing paralysis and stagnation. My ability to see the potential guides the work I do with individuals, helping them understand where they are at the present moment and then giving them the direction to create results. Being an idealist, I believe that people can aspire to greatness, especially when faced with adversity. One of the best ways this can be achieved is by collaborating to find positive solutions and this is why I strive to always provide the best service to my clients and the community.
As someone who has struggled with a disability for the majority of my life, I understand the challenges that arise from despair and how crucial it is to preserve good health. This very idea is what led me to choose to be a Life Coach/Professional Organizer. The value of health and support from not only family but also the community can help one realize how important balance in life is to happiness. This is the very reason for which I facilitated the Declutter Support Group from 2008-2014 at the Redding Public Library. After seeing both of my grandmothers incapacitated by hoarding, I also perceived the toxic effects upon their body and mind. This provided inspiration for me to help others with this affliction by having them recognize when their possessions are owning them. After my paternal grandmother’s death in 2006, I moved to Redding and in January 2007, I started providing organizing services to the North State from Redding to Chico.
Something I find very sacred is the trust I develop with individuals. When someone invites me into their home, I make it a point to keep an open-mind and to have no judgment. I ask a lot of questions, which gives me insight as to who the individual is so together we can assess their options. By seeing multiple perspectives, allows for change. A strength I possess is the ability to see the big picture by taking the client’s goals and break them down into bite-size steps. Some have described me as providing “tough love,” which I take as a compliment that the relationship I have built is solid and transformative.
In 2011, I decided to go back to school and earned my Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Southern California. During the same year, I was featured as a professional organizer on the TV show “Hoarding: Buried Alive” as a specialist in the field of hoarding and chronic disorganization. I am a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) and in the process of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW.
I have been featured in articles and as a speaker in the North State, offering seminars, workshops to individuals and groups through coaching/consulting. I am someone who believes that my disability has shaped my positive outlook on life and combined with my empathic nature this provides me the ability to teach people how to become empowered.