Barbara Schiffman - Life Coach, Author, Hypnotherapist, Personal Development Coach, Speaker/Presenter, Spiritual Coach, Wellness Coach - Toluca Lake, CA
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Barbara Schiffman (CHT,Other)

Life Coach

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Phone 818-415-3479

To me, relationships are the most important element of our lives -- including our intimate relationships with our Self and our Soul. 

I've transitioned from being a successful Hollywood script consultant and career coach for over 30 years to following my inner calling as a Life&Soul Balance Coach. I now specialize in teaching people fresh ways to receive guidance from their own Souls for direction, creativity and personal evolution. 

I love learning new tools and methods for helping people evolve:  I'm a Certified Hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, Akashic Records Advanced Teacher & Advanced Healing Practitioner, Career Breakthrough Coach, Life Purpose Coach, and Grief Recovery Specialist.

But most of what I've learned in my 60-plus years comes from experience, exploration and experimentation, especially through my personal relationships. 

I've been married nearly 35 years, raised a world-traveling daughter who's now married and soon to start her own family. I "parented" my aging parents after strokes and major cognitive declines, and supported my husband to do the same for his ill parents in their final years.  When my husband recently broke his leg at age 70, I also learned how an injury impacts both spouses' lives in significant ways.  I've also had numerous business partnerships, joint ventures and shared projects, and know how partnering in business can be as challenging as partnering in your personal life.


It feels as if I've already lived several lifetimes in this singular life.  I'm grateful for all of it: the challenges, setbacks, losses and sorrows as well as the opportunities, surprises and joys.

Since I moved from Chicago to LA at age 21 to work in films and TV, I’ve taken countless leaps of faith -- and now teach others empowering ways to take them too!  My ecourse on Taking Your Leap of Faith -- available at -- includes tips, tools and support for taking leaps of faith in any part of life including career and relationships!

As for my personal Leaps: I’ve walked on hot coals (with breakthrough coach Tony Robbins), completed a half-marathon walk on the Ironman Triathlon path on the Big Island of Hawaii (13.1 miles!) plus several 5Ks in LA.  At age 56 I returned to college to become a Certified Hypnotherapist and Therapeutic Imagery Master Facilitator as well as a Past Life Regression Therapist.

I also became a public speaker after overcoming my life-long shyness and went on to co-found Toastmasters4Writers, the first Toastmasters Int'l chapter in LA for writers of all types, in 2005. 

My other adventures have been internal and creative:  writing, teaching, coaching and supporting people to transform their lives, relationships and careers.

I’ve been an author, journalist, screenwriter, film producer and host/producer of internet radio shows over the past 20 years.  I’ve also published book chapters in 7 anthologies (so far) plus dozens of articles in print/digital publications like Vision Magazine, Radiance Magazine, Inside Look Magazine, Writers Digest, Publisher’s Weekly, LA Daily News, Emmy Magazine and on websites like, and, among others in addition to

For over four decades, I've balanced dual careers in personal/spiritual development and the film/TV industry. I've been a speaker or panelist at dozens of personal growth or writing and showbiz expos. I’ve also led entertainment career breakthrough trainings in person for Flash Forward Institute and online for Rubicon Results Institute as well as serving as a script consultant for screenwriting 101 classes at Vanderbilt University and the Nashville Film Institute.

My life/career coaching work blends intuitive tools with practical insights to help people boost their own positive energy from the inside out.  I’ve created Life Balance programs which are available as ecourses, book+CD sets, teleclasses and in-person workshops. Learn how to use Nature's Four Elements to stay centered from the inside out via my new ecourse Life Energy Tune-Up (available starting 9/24/13)!

Since I love taking seminars and trainings, I'm certified as an Akashic Records Advanced Teacher and Healing Practitioner (trained and mentored by best-selling Akashic author-expert Linda Howe), a One-Hour Mastermind Director, a Grief Recovery Specialist (trained by Grief Recovery Institute co-founder Russell Friedman), an NLP Practitioner, a Simple Abundance Workshop Leader (trained by best-selling author Sarah Ban Breathnach), and a Voyager Tarot Teacher/ Coach (trained by Voyager creator-author James Wanless, Ph.D.).

To me, life is an adventure every day – and all we have to do is hang on, pay attention and enjoy the ride!

The Reason I Became A Helping Professional

After working as a Hollywood script consultant for two decades, I became a career breakthrough coach for people in the entertainment industry.  Through this I discovered how much more I love working with "true stories in progress" than with fictional stories.  So I became a Life/Career Coach, which evolved into Life&Soul Balance Coaching as my own spiritual connections deepenedl.  To me, our Lives are how and where we evolve our Souls, so every single part of life is spiritual as well as practical.

When my mom had a stroke in 1999 and my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's (which turned out to be a series of small strokes, however), I suddenly found myself becoming a "sandwich generation" mom.  My relationship with my whole family was transformed (especially my connection with my older brothers) as my husband and I supported each other for 10 years while all of our parents became ill, needed care, and eventually passed on.  This led me to working with others who are going through difficult transitions, especially Baby Boomers confronting similar issues, losses and challenges.  

I love working with Soul Seekers who are actively working to improve their lives and relationships (present and future).  We are all experiencing this life together, so it's vital to support each other at every step of our Soul's journey!

Barbara Schiffman

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Barbara Schiffman

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Barbara Schiffman

Quick Stats

Main Specialty:

Holistic Coach

Life Management

Life Transitions


Stress Management


CHT, Other

Time in Practice:

10 years +

I practice in:

All areas, please inquire

Additional Expertise:



Personal Development Coach


Spiritual Coach

Wellness Coach

I offer my services:

At my office


Willing To Meet in Public Locations like Starbucks (please inquire)

Via Skype

I am fluent in:


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