I highly recommend SAS for Women. In seeking a legal separation after a longterm marriage, I worked with Kimberly Mishkin for several months as she helped me to navigate this highly unfamiliar (and scary!) territory. I could not have done this (and stay sane at the same time!) without Kim’s wise, gentle, knowledgeable, and compassionate guidance. Kim and SAS – you’re the best! Thank you so much.
~ Deborah Schlein
When I heard about SAS for Women I had already been separated for over two years and divorced for almost one. I’ve often heard that it takes a couple of years post-initial emotional roller coaster to feel that we are back on our feet. I was feeling just that, finally grounded, when suddenly, ghosts from my “past” married life resurfaced, pulling the rug right out from under me — shattering my entirely new, recreated existence and identity! I thought I had been through “reinvention,” but suddenly, there I was, once again! I had lost it all.
I reached out to Liza who had worked with a good friend of mine and she helped me gain a broader perspective, accept my mistakes, be kinder to myself, close past doors with dignity and eventually heal by doing so. What I like the most about Liza’s approach is how action-oriented it is. Different than in therapy, Liza helped me define a framework of specific and fully customized action items to mitigate and survive the crisis. I wish I had had the support of SAS for Women during my divorce, but am grateful that I’ve received the exact survival tools I needed at a time when I did not expect another traumatic shift, but was hit with one. Now emerging from the post-divorce fog and the hurdles of building a new career, I feel I’m strong again. I now have a clearer path!
I was emotionally drained and felt powerless and lost in this crazy process. I needed savvy women . . . . SAS accompanied me during long conferences with my lawyers. They came with me to court. I knew they had my back 100%.
~ Nancy C.
My life changed from one day to another in early March of 2014 when my husband (and father of my children) informed me that our 16 year relationship “wasn’t working out anymore.” The following months were an excruciatingly painful period of self-doubt, panic, and fear mixed with a cocktail of anxiety and depression. Eventually I began to be able to lift my head up again and network with resources for women that had or were experiencing similar circumstances and through this network met Liza Caldwell. Liza has been a pillar of support during this period offering exactly the right medicine and advice for the moment: a shoulder to cry on, constructive advice, additional resource referrals, and, in particular, objective coaching to help identify core values that have become the real working tools of healing. Through the many months of my separation knowing that there was always a person out there whom I could rely on has kept me coming back for her support and guidance. There have honestly been many days during this time when I have acknowledged that I felt that I would not have made it through without her. As I now start to see light at the end of the tunnel, I owe a debt of gratitude to her and to her approach which I can only describe as the heart of compassion and understanding.
I was in a very difficult place and didn’t know if my thoughts were valid. I needed someone who didn’t know myself or my husband to listen to the facts and help me understand my feelings. Liza was just that person. She was comforting, kind and most of all helped me understand my feelings. What a wonderful service that I am so lucky to have found. She helped me make the best decision in my life, to choose me over anyone else for once. Thank you Liza and SAS!
~ Alyssa Marie
SAS is a tremendous resource for me in many areas—financial, medical, practical—I am a widow and after my husband died, had to pick up many pieces…..since working with SAS, first with Kim for grief counseling, then with Liza for coaching, I feel in a much better place than I was two years ago. Liza follows up our sessions with a list of tasks that are manageable and that I feel I can tackle with her help. She has connected me with professionals who have given me invaluable advice. I would wholeheartedly recommend SAS for women going through any major life change: Kim and Liza are calm, compassionate, knowledgeable and will be there for you with support, ideas and advice in a non-judgmental safe forum.
~ Denise M.
For years I have been in an unstable marriage, ranging from hesitantly hopeful to downright ugly. I’d thought about leaving so many times but found the vast unknown so nauseatingly scary that I ended up doing nothing and then hating myself for being such a coward. During one conversation with a dear friend I was told about SAS for Women and that I could hire a divorce coach to educate me about and walk me through the process. This was exactly what I needed to help me begin something that had terrified me for years.
Since reaching out to Liza I feel so much more comfortable about what lies ahead. Liza is practical, logical, and straight forward but never loses sight of the amorphous emotional side of this issue, which plays a huge role. Given my distance from NYC, we work by phone. Her warmth and knowledge are so engaging even over the phone lines.
Her coaching includes imparting knowledge from someone who’s been there, specific unintimidating assignments, as well as addressing the feelings that are so deeply entrenched in divorce. She empowers me and celebrates the small victories, never pushing me to move faster than I am ready. At the end of each session she leaves me on a high note, recounting why I should be proud of myself. And then sends a follow up email in the same vein so that I can review for my own information or for a pick me up.
My journey is just beginning. And I honestly don’t know where I’m going to land. However, with Liza as my coach I am no longer afraid. The future remains unknown but I know I will not face the tough times alone.
And that is priceless.
~ Avery O.
I am not a divorcee but was in need of coaching. Liza took the time to sit with me and listen to my story and through our conversation, helped me to realize actions I needed to take to get unstuck. Thank you, Liza!
~ Dena DeOrio
This was hard and I never thought I could deal with my situation in front of other people, but SAS was so freeing and empowering.
~ Patty T.
Very useful service to help prep me for a custody trial. I needed feedback from a neutral third party, and Kim was a great sounding board.
~ Beth Pinsker
I have been practicing family law in Texas for over 20 years now and have been recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist for 14 of those years. I learned a lot more too when I went through my own divorce 3 years ago. I never thought there would someday be a single resource that could help women and guide them and support them in all areas. Then along came SAS. They will help you decide if you should keep the house or sell it, how to select an attorney, how to put together the best custody plan for your kids, how to invest the money you will receive as part of the divorce settlement. Women seem to think that once the decision to divorce is made, they have reached a huge milestone and that part of their life is now behind them — what they don’t realize is that they are about to embark on a 2 to 3 year journey of roller coaster emotions and reinvention that they never, ever expected.
~ Daryl G. Weinman, Lawyer and Family Law Specialist
My first meeting with them was unlike anything I ever experienced. They customized my session, focusing on my future — instead of my past like traditional therapy sessions. It was just what I needed. I was preparing to leave my job, leave New York City, was writing a one-woman show, and was preparing to direct a musical in Texas. I had a lot on my plate! During our sessions, often done over the phone because of my traveling throughout the country, I was given invaluable tools that I was able to use immediately — to change things! Liza and Kim’s work is unique. They are a powerful, personable, and balanced team who helped me greatly when I was in a time of enormous life changes.
~ Lori B.
A friend of mine told me about SAS and how SAS had helped her, so I took the plunge. Liza and Kim were amazing. We worked out a step-by-step plan that I would answer to. This worked, because it came from MY ideas. We shaped my ideas into actionable steps. I also visit a therapist on a regular basis. The big difference between therapy and what SAS does is that I don’t just talk through my emotions or setbacks. With SAS coaching. I focus on action plans WITH ACCOUNTABILITY. This translates into successful steps, even if they’re baby steps! No judgment. I work at my own pace. SAS has been game-changing for my life!
~ Doris V.
Liza inspired me to listen to myself and to make changes in my relationship. She has such positive energy; she made me feel she really understood. Like she knew what I was going through. I felt heard. Today, I am happily married and more confident. I trust myself now.
~ Judy E.
I felt confused and alone. Kim and Liza helped me with practical issues by assisting me in listing manageable, concrete steps to take. I felt stronger and more in control. The part of my experience that changed me the most was the coaching. I learned to deeply explore my thoughts and feelings around various topics in my life. It opened windows into my psyche. My experience with Kim and Liza has transformed me.
Liza and Kim have touched my life in such a deep and profound way. Slowly, with their help, I am finding meaning in my life and reasons to move forward.
~ Terri K.
Liza is such a champion for me and my ideas. She makes me feel that what I want to do can be done! — and I am the perfect person to do it. She’s no-nonsense and uses every second of time with richness. She asks what I want and why that is important to me, then gets right to work on directing me to make an action plan. She helps me brainstorm widely and then in detail. She guides me to prioritize them into actionable steps. She gives feedback and resources. She challenges me to be brave and to take the first steps. I report my progress back to her by email. Liza is a high-energy “can-do” coach.
~ Mary Porcino
My experience was great! I felt very comfortable talking to Kim about my emotions. She is very understanding, comforting and a great listener. I love the fact that we shared not only my experiences but she also shared her experiences with me.
I looked forward to every week and it helped me get to a better place. I’ve never been so vulnerable around anyone, but I’m glad I opened up.
Liza has the knack of articulating exactly what you need — be it spurring you to action or encouraging quiet introspection. Her brilliance lies in the nuances and subtleties she brings to the table while exploring every facet of your agenda. I’ve shared some very deep, dark experiences with Liza and she has enriched my life deeply.
~ Shweta Modi