Patrick Williams

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Dr. Patrick Williams, Ed. D., MCC

One of the early pioneers of coaching, Pat is often called the ambassador of life coaching.  Pat has been a licensed psychologist since 1980 and began executive coaching in 1990 with Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kodak and other companies along the front range of Colorado. He is a member of PHI BETA KAPPA and CUM LAUDE graduate of Kansas University in 1972. He completed his masters in Humanistic Psychology in 1975(University of West Georgia) and doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology in 1977.(University of Northern Colorado)

Pat joined Coach U in 1996, closed his therapy practice six months later and became a full time coach. Pat was a senior trainer with Coach U from 1997-1998. He then started his own coach training school, the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT) which specializes in training those with a human services orientation. ILCT has trained over 2,500 helping professionals and has opened offices in Korea, Turkey, Italy, China, and the UK.

Pat is department chair of the Coaching Psychology program at the International University of Professional Studies (, and has taught graduate coaching classes at Colorado State University and Denver University, Fielding University, City University of London and many others. He was also a curriculum consultant for the Coaching Certificate program at Fielding International University.

Pat is a past board member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and co-chaired the ICF regulatory committee. He is currently president of ACTO, the Association of Coach Training Organizations and an honorary VP of the Association of Coaching Psychology. Pat was also honored in 2008 as the educator of the year for the New England Educational Institute.

In May of 2006 Pat was awarded the first Global Visionary Fellowship by the Foundation of Coaching for his Coaching the Global Village ( initiative to bring coaching methodologies to villages in developing countries and to leaders of non profits and nongovernmental organizations who serve them. He is passionate about coaching and dedicated to ensuring it remains a respected profession

Pat has authored multiple articles and has co-authored the following books:

  • Therapist as Life Coach: Transforming Your Practice (2nd Edition 2007)
  • Total Life Coaching: 50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance your Practice and Your Life (2005)
  • The Law and Ethics in Coaching: How to Solve and Avoid Difficult Problems in Your Practice (2006)
  • Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute for Life Coach Training (2015, 2nd edition)

Most recently he is a contributor to The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching (Chapter 1, 2008)

And in 2018 he published Getting Naked:On Emotional Transparency

    As of 2012 Pat sold ILCT and  Pat continues to coach, train and lead in the ever evolving field of professional life and wellness coaching