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Both driven Latinas and driven women who are trauma survivors have experienced trauma (family, generational, or systemic racism) which has created a distortion of how they see themselves. Not overcoming these internal blocks/obstacles prevents them from living their fullest potential in the world. This negatively impacts their self-confidence, their self-esteem, and their ability to truly thrive in the world. 

Unfortunately, most coaches don’t take these factors into account. This prevents driven Latinas and driven women who are trauma survivors from fully receiving the support they need, from truly being heard and seen, and from fulfilling their fullest potential in the world.

As a driven Mexican woman with indigenous roots who has also healed from a lot of trauma, I see coaching from a holistic place. In order to truly support you in manifesting your fullest potential in the world and overcoming the obstacles in your life today and from past traumas, traumas must first be gently processed through trauma coaching. Doing this will you support you in reconnecting to your authentic Self, so you can clearly see who you are. 

As a new vision is gained you can then incorporate goal coaching to support you in reaching your new goals and vision in a way that feels authentic to who you are! You can finally manifest your fullest potential in the world!

The coaching I provide is unique because it’s a discovery process and I don’t tell you what to do, think, or feel. Instead, you’ll learn how to access your own inner wisdom and healing. This makes the style of coaching I provide even more powerful and effective.

The services I provide to support you in your empowerment process are Trauma Coaching and Transformational Goal Coaching.

Mónica’s Mission

Mónica O. Duarte helps driven women – with a specialization in working with Latinas – overcome the obstacles in their lives today and from past traumas, so they can gain clarity of who they are, find their purpose in life, reach their goals, and live their fullest potential in the world. 

Trauma Coaching

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Before you can reach any goals in your life, it’s vital that you process the trauma that’s holding you back first (or in conjunction with reaching your goals). Here’s why….  

Trauma causes a distortion of how you see yourself. This means that while you’re living with unprocessed trauma you might be operating out of a trauma response that disguises itself as a goal or vision! 

For example, a woman may want to become an entrepreneur out of a trauma response of not feeling safe in work environments. Or she may feel uncomfortable being seen and may call themselves an introvert – when in reality they have experienced a trauma that makes a part of them feel unsafe to be seen. Or a Latina who is very talented may feel like an imposter regardless of how many degrees, classes, or recognition she gets. A part of her feels she needs to keep proving herself to others out of a trauma response of not feeling good enough due to a past trauma. 

Once you can finally process the traumas that are holding you back, you can begin to see yourself clearly, reconnect to your authentic Self and your new vision in life, and begin to move forward with your new goals. Doing this work supports you in manifesting your full potential in the world!

Parts Work/ Internal Family Systems (IFS) – The Modality I Use To Help You
Process Trauma

The main modality I use to help you process trauma is Parts Work – also known as Internal Family Systems. This innovative but powerful modality was created by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. who is a well-known therapist in the field. 

The idea behind this modality is that every thought, feeling, and sensation you experience originates from a part that lives in you. Just like the world has many different people – you’re also made out of many different parts that live in your internal world and help you navigate the world. In this modality no parts are bad, however, some parts had to change their natural roles when you experienced trauma in order to keep you safe in the world. 

As your Parts Work Coach, I’ll guide you on how to safely and gently connect with your parts so you can support them in processing the traumas they’re stuck in and that are holding you back from living your fullest potential. You’ll also learn how to help your parts take on new roles in your internal world so they can be more supportive of where you are now in your life. Once your parts do this your internal world starts to shift naturally. This might manifest with you suddenly having new supportive thoughts you never had before, feeling lighter, and feeling more hopeful and free to be yourself. 

In my experience both as an IFS client and a trained Parts Work Coach, many clients begin to experience relief, clarity, calmness, and compassion for themselves – many times for the first time in their lives.

With this modality, you’ll also learn how to reparent yourself and give yourself what your caregivers and other important people in your lives could not. I have worked with Latina clients who had been depressed for several years and the work we did helped them process the trauma that was connected to the depression. This is how powerful this work is!

An Empowering Model For Driven Latinas &
Trauma Survivors 

This style of coaching is also powerful because unlike other coaches I don’t tell you what to think or feel. Instead, you’ll learn how to go within yourself to find your answers. This is very important because many Latinas and trauma survivors are used to being told what to do, how to feel, and think. You can see this happening a lot in the coaching industry with individuals who are not properly trained and even in some trauma healing containers. 

Especially with Latinas, we’re constantly told by society and systemic racism that who we are is not ok and that we need to assimilate if we want to thrive and fit in the U.S. Working with Parts Work will help you shift this.

Instead, you’ll learn how to reconnect back to your authentic self and your inner truth, so you can show up fully as yourself in the world. 

Walking My Talk

Additionally, many coaches including some that are trained in Parts Work have not done the work to heal from their own trauma and are not trauma-informed. This makes me even more supportive as your Coach. I’ve spent the last 2 years working with Parts Work/IFS to heal from my own traumas, so I understand what you’re experiencing when you’re doing the work. I’ve also spent 12+ years on my spiritual path and supporting clients in their spiritual growth. 

Transformational Goal Coaching

After you’ve processed the trauma that’s been holding you back, it is most likely you’ll want support in manifesting your new vision and goals in life. This is when Transformational Goal Coaching comes in!

As a Certified Goal Coach, with this style of coaching, I will support you in reaching any goals for any aspect of your life. I’m trained in helping you create deeper awareness to find your own answers. This style of coaching is a co-creative process, so I do not tell you what to do in these sessions either. For this reason, I do not need to be an expert in your field. 

By asking the right questions, creating a safe and compassionate container, and understanding what your brain needs to create deeper awareness – I’ll support you in connecting to your own inner wisdom and becoming your own expert in your life, so you’ll understand what you’ll need to move forward in reaching any goal. Aspects of the goal coaching I offer are holistic life, career, leadership, and spiritual coaching. 

In fact, research has shown that when it comes to reaching our goals – we’re most likely to move forward in reaching them when we develop our own deeper awareness instead of someone else telling us what to do. This is vital for driven Latinas and driven women who are trauma survivors. 

Goal Coaching with me will support you in learning how to access your own inner resources and building your self-confidence so you can reach any goals in your life.

This style of coaching is also powerful for professionals in leadership roles. 

Professional Education  & Experience

  • Professional Certified Coach
    International Coaching Federation 
    Working towards my Professional Certified Coach Credentialing (PCC) 
    January 2022 – Present 
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) – Credentialing
    International Coaching Federation
    Awarded, December 2022 
  • Certified Holistic Life, Career & Executive Coach
    Goal Imagery® Institute, International School of Coaching Mastery™
    (ICF Accredited)
    ACTP Path – 125 Specific Coaching Training Hours
    + 10 – 1 Hour Mentoring Sessions
    January 2022 – September 2022
  • IFS Anti-Racism Peer Mentor Group
    A group created by Parts Work students.
    November 2021 – February 2022
  • Parts Work Coaching Certification 
    Leadership That Works (ICF accredited)
    A one-year Parts Work Certification Program facilitated by IFS Practitioner Guthrie Sayen, PhD, PCC.
    September 2021 – September 2022
  • IFS (Parts Work) Therapy
    Worked with an IFS Therapist to process many of my own traumas.
    September 2020 – Present
  • Archetypes Education
    Studied, researched, and began working with Archetypes with a spiritual and branding emphasis.
    October 2017 – Present
  • IFS Annual Conference
    IFS Institute
    Attended workshops on IFS and anti-racism, indigenous groups, and
    ancestral trauma.
  • IFS (Parts Work) For Coaches
    A six-week peer mentor group by IFS Practitioner Brian Jaudon.
    October – November 2021
  • IFS (Parts Work) For Coaches
    IFS Institute
    A six-week live training by the IFS Institute.
    August –  September 2021
  • Advanced Social-Emotional Intelligence
    Human Accelerated Performance (HAP) Training
    An eight-week live course.
    June – July 2021
  • Social-Emotional Intelligence
    Human Accelerated Performance (HAP) Training
    An eight-week live course.
    January – March 2021
  • Ordained Minister Certification 
    Certification by Wisdom of the Heart Church
    Arcata, CA
    January 2016
  • Masters of Divinity
    University of Metaphysical Sciences
    Arcata, CA
    January 2016
  • Karma Yogi Intern Program
    Ananda Center at Laurelwood
    Gaston, Oregon
    January 2015 – April 2015
  • Bachelor of Divinity
    University of Metaphysical Sciences
    Arcata, CA
  • Bachelor of Science in Advertising
    The Art Institute of California San Francisco
    March 2008
    Best Portfolio In Advertising Award

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Driven Latina Coaching

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Transforming into our authentic selves is a lifelong journey that must first happen from the inside and then is extended out.

When done correctly, healing from trauma and the process of reaching our goals can be a spiritual practice that is guided by our Creator and inner knowing. This connection is our natural state.

Being honest with who we are and how we show up in the world is what keeps true to ourselves and supports us in creating a fulfilling life.

We all have the wisdom inside us to find our own creative solutions and manifest our fullest potential in the world.

In a world where we’re constantly being told what to think and feel – it takes an enormous amount of courage to be honest with ourselves, take our power back, and do the inner work that’s needed to manifest our unique vision in the world.

Compassion is a critical quality for deeper healing in ourselves and while we support others in their journey.

As a Mexican woman of color with indigenous roots, Mónica believes that in order for our community to thrive, everyone must be treated with dignity and respect.

About Mónica

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