My Story

I was raised in the USSR in a society built on dominance and fear. I also know firsthand how difficult it is to move to a different country, adjust and reinvent yourself in a new place.

With a degree in Mathematics and quarter of a century of teaching experience it was time to pursue new passions and I switched careers after the age of forty. I put to use decades of studying personal development, applied psychology , theology and Bible and became a Certified Christian Life Coach.

I mentor and teach from a God-centered spiritual perspective by connecting with our Creator on a deepest level. ​I am passionate about helping leaders regain clarity, create a plan and move forward with a renewed sense of purpose.


I also love emancipating female leaders from fear of not being accepted and seen for who they really are. It excites me to witness their true power emerge as they let go of frustration, worry, anxiety and overthinking. I help many get confident presenting on stage and on camera and allowing their beautiful personalities shine.

After battling severe anxiety I wrote Return to Joyful Living: Reclaiming Life From Fear, Anxiety and Toxic Overthinking. This book describes my personal story of overcoming acute stress and anxiety and yet again becoming empowered, purposeful, joyful and fulfilled. 

I love to live a balanced life and in my spare time I read, work out, go to the beach or cook gourmet meals. My other hobbies are gardening, cross stitching and knitting.  When in my beloved Europe, I spend time with friends, visit opera, theaters and museums and go to the seaside.

I made my home in beautiful California, where I live with my husband, son, and two Pomeranians. I enjoy the freedom to travel for work and pleasure, addressing audiences and serving my clients from anywhere in the world. 

© 2019 Lena Giffoni Life Coaching International