About Pat

Pat Snyder , a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, brings to coaching nearly 30 years’ personal experience combining the practice of law with marriage and an active family life. Her former practice, within state and federal agencies, entailed litigating cases, hiring and managing other attorneys, and living according to a schedule that was not her own. For that reason, she has a special empathy for those facing the challenges of leading a balanced life in the law.

For a dozen years, she’s chronicled her own struggles in a monthly humor column, “Balancing Act” and in 2009 published a book about the challenge of balance, The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life. She also speaks and writes frequently about successfully navigating transitions and grieving loss.

Her personal experience and her work in the areas of life balance, transitions, and grief have convinced her that even in the most challenging circumstances, changes in attitude and perspective are powerful tools for moving us forward, and she challenges her clients to examine their circumstances in new ways.

Certified in the Co-Active® coaching method, with an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation from the International Coach Federation, she believes her clients are creative, resourceful, and whole and have within themselves the answers that will lead to greater fulfillment at home and at work.

A coaching experience with Pat is a partnership, in which the power lies with the client to transform the way he or she lives. Through the use of powerful questions, she helps uncover core values, envision a more meaningful life and become accountable for the action steps required to take flight.

Pat has a B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law. In October 2012, she completed  a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree at the University of Pennsylvania, with a capstone focus on strengths-based coaching of lawyers.