All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
When Virginia Jreisat, MA, LPC, joined EDGE Learning and Wellness as a Therapeutic Life Coach in late 2018, she knew she wanted to inspire EDGE students to grow with honesty and directness.
“I always remind my students that in order to see changes in themselves, they first have to ‘get comfortable being uncomfortable,’” said Virginia. “This alludes to the idea that hard work is not pleasant, changing past behaviors and negative coping skills is not easy, but every single day that you do something a little different, you start to build a better version of yourself.”
Virginia has continuously helped students build better versions of themselves by using a variety of evidence-based techniques. She guides and supports students one-on-one as they create and maintain thought patterns and behaviors that encourage healthy, independent living. As an EDGE Life Coach, Virginia also lives with the program’s student community. This allows her to set the tone for a healthy environment where individuals can learn and thrive on a social level. Virginia maintains this milieu with other EDGE Life Coaches by facilitating group check-ins, weekly community meetings and twice-monthly group outings.
“The role of a life coach is always changing,” said Virginia. “Life coaches have to be able to read what their students need in the moment — whether that be an empathetic ear to spring ideas off of, or an intense conversation about program expectations and what may be keeping a student from growing.”
Although Virginia tailors her coaching approach for each student and his or her specific needs, her goal is for all students to improve their dimensions of wellness and foster a sense of self-worth, internal motivation, and intrinsic accountability. She wants students to understand they are capable of achieving their goals with effort, planning and resilience, ultimately transitioning out of the program with the skills necessary to create a balanced and joyful life.
“I like to think that we are all a work in progress, regardless of where we are in life,” said Virginia. “Life is hard, and when we get knocked down, the world often tells us to stay down. I love being in a position where I can encourage students to believe in and foster their own potential, instead of shrinking away from it.”
Virginia graduated Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and International Studies. She continued her education at Northwestern University and earned a Master of Arts in Counseling. When she’s not helping students achieve success in college and beyond, Virginia likes to study languages, specifically Arabic and Spanish. She also enjoys traveling, working out, walking around Chicago, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.