by Suzee Connole

The CiPP Spotlight has been my baby for the past year or so. I’ve talked with some marvelous people doing amazing things in their field. With the new year come new ideas! Meet Lisa Brown, a 2016 CiPP graduate and the first Spotlight using our new format. This is intended to drop you right into Lisa’s world to see where she’s from and where she’s going. Enjoy!

Why did you attend the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology?
I wanted to learn how to be happier. I read What Happy People Know and was intrigued by positive psychology. I did a couple of internet searches and found CiPP. Once I built up the self-confidence to attend, I signed up!


Did you have any reservations?Absolutely! I thought CIPP was strictly for social workers, psychologists and psychotherapists. I signed up and found out it was exactly what I needed. It was wonderful. I would recommend it for anyone personally or professionally.

Have you taken any other courses at WBI?
I’ve also taken Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals with Lynda Wallace, the Inspire Your Ideal Workshop, and the Learn to Teach the Inspire Your Ideal Workshop.

What were you doing when you discovered it?
I was a real estate developer.

Are you still in that line of work?
No! Positive psychology changed my life and launched a new career for me. I am now a life and relationship coach based in Hyannis, Massachusetts. I coach individuals and couples both locally and internationally via in-person, telephone, or video-call sessions.

Was there one lesson in CiPP that stood out to you?
Fill Your Own Bucket. This lesson teaches people to put themselves first and make sure they are taking care of themselves as much as they are taking care of others. Your needs are just as important as everyone else’s. When I was first married, I wanted to be fabulous wife and mother. I felt I had to be successful in my career and wanted to do a great job with everyone I encountered. Positive psychology brought me to the realization that being my best self was the best gift I could give to my world. When I do that, I am happier.

What is an important theme in your coaching practice?
With couples, a goal is to reestablish fun and happiness so both parties can function from a positive place instead of desperation. You have to bring lightness and romance back before developing new skills.

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Read more of Suzee’s CiPP Spotlights featuring our CiPP Alumni and how this course has impacted their lives.


Suzee Connole is the Marketing Assistant for Wholebeing Institute. Part of her role at WBI involves highlighting how alumni, faculty, and guest speakers are taking positive psychology principles and applying them in the communities where they live and work.

Lisa Brown, a WBI-certified Positive Psychology Coach, is passionate about helping individuals and couples lead happier lives by unearthing and tapping into their strengths, values, and desires. Lisa is a CiPP graduate and an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. When working with clients, she specializes in relationships, always starting with the one we have with ourselves.