What do you want to change in your life? My role is to lead from behind and help you to create your own answers. We only have one life; let’s step out of our self-imposed prions and live it to the fullest. Connect with me below and let’s make it happen.


Many people ask me what coaching is, and one definition that I particularly like is “discussion-based personal development”. People invariably enter a coaching relationship seeking change, and often feel stuck or challenged with figuring out how to reach their vision, or are confused about what their vision is.

The coach’s job is to help her client see the solutions that are already there, through deep listening and asking challenging questions to encourage recognizing and breaking habitual patterns that have been less than helpful, identifying limiting beliefs and roadblocks, and creating new ways of being that lead to transformation.

As a coach I won’t tell you what to do, give advice or take the place or a psychologist, but rather will “lead from behind”, empowering you to take control of your life with the trust that only you know what is best for you, and that your aspirational future vision can become a reality when we create stepping stones that lead towards it as a coach-client team. Through developing self-awareness and personal accountability we can move from a place of feeling and acting like life is happening “to me”, to an empowered state in which the world is our ally and our lives are designed “by me”.

I received my formal training and certification as an Executive Leadership Coach through Rice University’s CoachRice program and primarily focus on coaching current and emerging female leaders in the workspace. I am certified to administer and coach individuals or groups using the EQ1-2.0 and EQ-360 tools focusing on developing emotional intelligence and I am also a member of the ICF (International Coaching Federation.)

“Through developing self-awareness and personal accountability we can move from a place of feeling and acting like life is happening ‘to me’, to an empowered state in which the world is our ally and our lives are designed ‘by me’.”

Additional Coaching Services

  • Life coaching for women with subjects surrounding life satisfaction, job transition, relationship transition, sexuality, and work-life balance.
  • Coaching female physicians and healthcare workers facing burnout or other work-related challenges.
  • Administration and Coaching using the EQ1-2.0 and EQ-360 tools for individuals and groups focusing on developing emotional intelligence.
  • Coaching in mindfulness/self-awareness and meditation. I am trained in both Samatha (calming/focused breathing/concentration) and Vipassana (insight) meditation techniques and generally teach both together.

Coaching Sessions

Sessions are generally 45 minutes and can be arranged in person in Houston or by Zoom video conferencing at flexible times. Our initial “get to know you” session is generally 90 minutes and involves delving into where you are now and where you want to be, so we can formulate a plan for future sessions. Most clients benefit from 6 to 10 sessions at 1 to 2-week intervals and many clients continue the coaching relationship long-term on a monthly basis.

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in engaging me as a coach. My fees are $250 per individual 45-minute session or $2,000 for 10 sessions. Our initial “get to know you” session has a one-time discounted fee of $200. Payment is required at the time of scheduling.

Coaching Forms

If you’re ready to get started with coaching, be sure to click this link after you’ve chosen your first coaching session using the online schedule below.

“I started coaching sessions with Dr. Susan at the perfect time in my life. I had some major changes going on that I did not quite know how to handle and was considering backing down from an amazing opportunity. Going into coaching I had a fear that I would hold myself back because I often struggle with truly opening up about what is on my mind, however, Susan was able to hear and pick out the important pieces of what I was saying which continued to open me up comfortably. She coached me through lessons that I did not even know I needed to learn and got me to the other side healthier and more prepared than I would have ever thought possible for myself. I absolutely recommend taking the opportunity to go through life coaching with her.”

Hannah E.

“Before starting my coaching sessions with Dr. Hardwick-Smith, I honestly felt I was fully satisfied with the direction of my personal and professional life. However, I did struggle to balance the two greatest loves of my life, new family vs. career. I felt stressed and spread pretty thin.   Utilizing the tools and suggestions given to me by Dr. Hardwick-Smith, I noticed my critical thinking, self-awareness, and creativity has begun to thrive and develop. I see the loves of my life in a new positive light and welcome the challenges they bring by implementing the knowledge and tools gained from each session. I am truly grateful, inspired and motivated to achieve higher levels of happiness and contentment within all aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. Thank you, Dr. Hardwick-Smith; I mean this from the bottom of my heart.”

Michelle M.

“Dr. Hardwick-Smith’s coaching has helped me take a step back and reflect, and to look at all of my accomplishments personally and in business. I feel more able to sit and appreciate and be grateful, instead of always feeling “not enough”. Her coaching showed me how to really take the time to think about what’s been holding me back in certain areas and how to put a plan together, and take action steps to pursue the changes that I want to put into place.”

Angie G.

“I was very hesitant in the beginning about what to expect from coaching. I was not sure what issues I wanted to address and was somewhat fearful of being judged. Dr. H-S was great at asking the right questions, based on my values, to get me to come out of my shell. This allowed me to see things differently and become more courageous about being myself. She quickly helped me decide what areas would best serve me with our time together and opened my eyes to a world of possibilities that I had previously not thought possible.”

Racheal S.

“I have been a manager in the healthcare business for over 30+ years. Dr. Hardwick-Smith’s coaching sessions were phenomenal. She helped me recognize my ‘inner critic’ and guided me to understand how to feel more confident and utilize my new found confidence in presenting during meetings. She supported my growth and development in becoming a better leader. I have changed my approach to managing and my staff are loving the new me. Thanks, Dr. Hardwick-Smith.”

Sharon B.

I have a very strong belief that our successes in life; start from the lessons we learn through our own failures and setbacks. These critical life lessons are not always easily realized. For myself, personally, this was very much the case. Setback after setback, I was frustrated by never fully realizing what I was missing.

Dr. Hardwick-Smith provided an ideal opportunity to help find those missing pieces by consistently exhibiting a wonderful and very natural skill for listening. She demonstrates a keen ear for observing the smallest of conversation details and then brings those many observations to the forefront for discussion.

With Dr. Hardwick-Smith’s coaching and guidance, I’ve been able to take on a healthier, more positive view of myself.

Discussions never felt rushed. No detail was ever too small or minor for discussion. Each and every session, she provided me with intriguing and insightful feedback that allowed me to discover the missing pieces for my future successes.