Mary Ann Marx, BS, PLCC

In life’s journey we are often uncertain where we stand, where we are going and what is the right path for us personally. Knowing our True North enables us to follow the right path. Coaching is about helping others create positive change in their lives. Whether it’s in the workplace or in their personal life, coaching helps people get focused on personal goals such as relationships, time management, work/life balance, stress reduction, grief, life simplification and career goals.

Life Coaching draws on content from multiple disciplines, including: emotional intelligence, positive psychology, workplace coaching, use of self, evidence-based coaching, neuroscience of coaching, systems theory, relationship intelligence, organization development and appreciative inquiry.

Mary Ann Marx , BS, PLCC has a BS in Human Services with a Social Work Concentration, and earned her Mediation Certification from the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center and her Professional Life Coach Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more than 20 years, Mary Ann worked for Sauk Prairie Schools, Community Education leading after school, at-risk, and parenting programs and was the Community Education Director for over 10 years. Mary Ann’s coaching practice centers around empowering individuals to discover what’s getting in the way of the things that truly create balance and fulfillment in their life. As a Life Coach, she works with clients to help them get a clear vision on where they want to be, uncover what’s holding them back, and help them take action steps to achieve that vision. She takes a similar approach to her mediation services by helping parties in dispute come to peaceful and satisfying “win-win” solutions. Mary Ann facilitates workplace relationship groups, women’s coaching circles, and mediation services. She enjoys presenting on various topics that enhance and empower individuals and groups to greater happiness and fulfillment.

True North Life Coaching and Consulting

Coaching is about honoring and enhancing a person’s journey. People come to Life Coaches when they feel stuck in various areas of their lives. Coaching helps clients identify what is most important to them and align their lives around those things that matter the most. Coaches work with clients to identify personal or professional goals and support them in achieving them by identifying what’s getting in the way and create a path to get there. Coaching is not therapy or counseling – coaches focus primarily on the present and the future and consider the client to be the expert in their own lives. This is key to the success of the coach/client relationship because it enables the client to determine their own “answers” through the work done in the coaching partnership. The results are long lasting because the client becomes empowered in their own life and develops the tools that work best for them to sustain positive change.

Life Coaches:
• Encourage clients to set goals that they truly want
• Ask clients to do more than they may have done on their own
• Help clients focus in order to produce results more quickly
• Provide clients with the tools, support, and structure to accomplish more

How are coaching services delivered?
The initial session is about discovery. I prefer to meet with clients in person for this session and the discovery session can be anywhere from 1 ½ – 3 hours in length. Subsequent sessions are generally 45 – 60 minutes and can be in person or by phone. Some people like to meet weekly while others may choose to meet once or twice a month. I will make myself available to my clients in the format and frequency of their choosing.


Sample Sessions
Sample sessions are offered for anyone interested in exploring Life Coaching and the power it can bring to their lives. A sample session helps to discover if there is a match between us and the client and leaves the client with a new awareness of possibilities.


Grief is a natural and necessary process that is universal as part of the human experience. Grief can affect us physically, emotionally and spiritually. We each experience it and work through it in our own unique way. An individual’s journey through grief is just that – a journey.

Grief coaching is about helping the client take the steps necessary for their own unique journey. While therapy or counseling can help with the healing process, the focus of grief coaching is to help the client create a positive vision for their future and help them create their own new kind of normal.

Coaching through grief includes:

  • Support
  • Understanding – Being a witness to your unique experience and honoring what is.
  • Care & comfort
  • Tools for achieving joy and fulfillment
  • Vision for the future

My approach to coaching individuals dealing with grief is to help them experience it through a “mindfulness” perspective. Mindfulness helps to “allow” whatever comes to your grief experience and is a powerful way to get “unstuck” while tapping into your own inner wisdom.

Mediation provides a safe, neutral and respectful place to settle disputes. My approach to mediation is not about providing counseling or legal advice but rather to come to a mutual solution for both parties. In disputes, emotions run high and solutions can seem unattainable at times. In mediation, I encourage clear, constructive discussions without judgment or posing a solution. The solution lies within each individual and through an approach that encourages integrity, curiosity and compassion, conflict is resolved and transforms into a “win-win” for all concerned.
Communication is essential in any relationship and workplace relationships are no exception. High performing work teams benefit from high-trust working relationships that are grounded in mutually supportive and respectful work environments. I work with teams to develop interpersonal skills that allow for a higher flow of motivation and creativity where each individual feels they are a stake holder in the organization. This process is a blend of individual and group coaching with the purpose of developing a healthy, high performance work environment.

Many of us are stuck in the residual effects of our past thoughts and actions. This is what keeps us from moving ahead. Ask yourself, if you were at your best, what would you be doing right now? Believe it or not, the answers ARE inside of you, but locating them isn’t always easy. Sometimes it takes a different perspective, a different lens to see what’s been there all along. Women’s Coaching Circles are where you can start to live your best life. We’ll explore those things that are getting in the way. Each week, new topics will be presented to help you unfold your true self.

Coaching Circle Topics Include:

Values Mining – When you know and honor your values, you create a fuller and more meaningful life. Uncover and clarify your core values while creating a unique mixed media canvas to display them. Special Guest Coach, Theresa Kim will lead this activity.

Balance & Self-Care – Gain insight into what’s missing or out of balance and learn how to get the most out of life.

Gremlins (A.K.A. “Inner Critic”) – Find out what they are, who they are and how to deal with them.

Perceptions Explore the “stories” we tell ourselves and learn how to begin creating a new life story of self-fulfillment.

Changing Habits & Creating Intentions Learn how to add gratitude and joy in daily life and create intentions that will help you ditch the old habits that no longer serve your best self.

Contact Us

I would love to talk with you to answer any questions that you may have.

Contact Information:

Telephone:  608-393-9336

Email:  maryann (@)