Be a lamp,
A lifeboat,
A ladder,
Help someone’s soul heal,
Walk out of your house like a shepherd.

—Rumi


Ana Maria Cardoso, Ph.D.


I started my professional life as a passionate Biologist, earned a PhD in the field of genetics, and became a professor/researcher at the  University of Campinas - UNICAMP - in Brazil.

After ten years in the field my life turned 180 degrees when  a spiritual life was shown to me and  I moved to California. Here I’ve pursued deep and committed spiritual practices including Vipassana meditation, the teachings of George Gurdjieff’s teachings and different modalities of prayer. This inner journey helped me to become  deeply  present to myself and others and that beautifully refined the quality of the attention I give to others.

Later I experienced another huge shift  when I discovered the fascinating field of neuroscience in my personal quest to understand human behavior, and find solutions for  problems I had in my own life, which led me to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and its amazing ability to bring change  to deep, long-standing negative life patterns. Family Constellations is another modality offering unexpected ways of helping people shift in areas that have felt unresolved their entire life.  I earned my NLP Master Practitioner certificate, and also trained as a Family Constellations Facilitator. I trained under the leading trainers at the nationally known school, NLP Marin.

Another strong influence in my life has been Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communications (NVC) work, a powerful tool for learning skillful communication that forms deeper and more trusting relationships. I, addition, I received my credential in Integral Coaching from New Ventures West in San Francisco.

Learning and applying these techniques to myself opened completely  unexpected new horizons and possibilities in my life, and as an Integral Coach, it's my life's joy to facilitate transformation in people’s lives. With Integral Coaching the client is fully seen and provided with ways to regain access to the unique qualities that only they embody, enabling them to flourish and flow with life.