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Meet Susanne

I’ve seen how easy it is to focus on what’s wrong and not realize what can be done to feel better. You can live well with pain!

—Susanne Murtha, CPMC

About Living Well Coaching

What is a health coach?
I am trained in evidence-based approaches in behavior change and positive psychology. My roles as your coach include active listener, advocate
, resource, observer, and guide. I hold an unwavering belief in your ability to tap into your own wisdom, resourcefulness, and creativity to make sustainable changes in your health through self-understanding, behavior, and well-being.
 
How can a health coach help me?
I’ve coached hundreds of people managing their pain. I’ve seen how easy it is to focus on what’s wrong and not realize what can be done to feel better.
Take active, progressive steps to engage in your life more fully and dial down your pain doing what you enjoy.

What inspired you to coach people around pain?

Although I manage my own intermittent headaches and low back pain, my primary motivation was seeing my mother suffer in silence with persistent pain while caring for my father with dementia. When I learned the new evidence for understanding pain, I knew it could have helped her. It can help you!
 

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Our work together can help you:    

 

  • Gain the courage to break the cycle of pain with sensitivity and commitment to dial down your pain naturally.

  • Leverage the same mechanisms that contribute to pain to meet symptoms in a new way that balances your system and deconditions your pain response.

  • Move toward your vision of success of living with pain using your natural strengths and personal values to create lasting change.

  • Address pain upticks and create strategies to be proactive with the challenges of fluctuations in pain and energy.

  • Regain your desired level of performance, productivity, confidence and feel able to maximize your time with family, friends, activities and projects. 

Health Perspectives: Western Science and Eastern Wisdom

My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and thousands of hours studying, learning and practicing. I have integrated time-tested east meets west approaches to living well with pain with in-depth certifications in yoga instruction, yoga therapy, iRest meditation and Ayurveda. My interests span from gentle, yet powerful subtle practices to a love of anatomy and research. Hearing your story can elicit a variety of options to find the right tools for your needs. 

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science: Health Promotion from SUNY, Empire State College


EXPERIENCE

  • 7 years of professional coaching and educating on health topics at hospital, manufacturing, corporate and remote digital settings.

  • 4 years exclusively coaching on joint pain

  • 6 months coaching women’s pelvic health including pelvic pain.

  • Founder of Yoga In The Adirondacks. Created and taught more than 25 themed workshops and class series in 5 rural communities. Over 25 years facilitating others to have healthier, happier lives.

  • 2020 Keynote Speaker at the Caregiver Conference for the Center for Neurobehavioral Health at SUNY Plattsburgh

  • Program Director for Creative Healing Connections serving women with chronic illness and caregivers.

 
CERTIFICATIONS

  • National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach

  • Pain Coach Academy Advanced Pain Management Coach

  • Wellcoaches Core and Professional Health & Wellness Coach Certification

  • Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists and Integrative Yoga Therapy

  • ACE Personal Trainer and NASM Specialization In Women’s Fitness

  • Integrative Restoration Institute (iRest) Meditation Facilitator

  • Kripalu Yoga Teacher Professional Level, Kripalu School of Ayurveda

 
COMPLIMENTARY TRAINING

  • Pain Reprocessing Therapy

  • Institute of Coaching Mental Health Literacy for Coaches

  • University of Arizona College of Medicine Integrative Approaches to Pelvic Pain In Women

  • Tufts University School of Medicine Integrative Approaches to Pain Management

  • Lorimer Moseley Masterclass by San Diego Pain Science Summit

  • Integrative Pain Science Institute Trauma Informed Pain Care

  • Reconciling Biometrics with Pain Science with Greg Lehman

  • Motivational Interviewing in Health Care with Stephen Rollnick

  • The Harvard Medical School Lifestyle Medicine for Weight Management

  • UMass Chan Medical School Tobacco Treatment Specialist

  • Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy and Overcoming Anxiety Training

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Professional Memberships: NBC-HWC, Wellcoaches, CPMC, ACE, IAYT, Yoga Alliance, NAMA

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