North Star Personal Coaching

         Chart Your Course to a New Tomorrow

As a positive psychology coach, I work with people in seasons of change. If you’re ready to reach for your dreams--change careers, begin a new writing project, or commit to living a healthier, happier life--I can help you:

  • discover your strengths,
  • set goals you can believe in, and
  • overcome roadblocks,


I have had the opportunity to study with Diane and do peer to peer coaching telephonically with each other. Diane has an incredible calming presence allowing one to feel totally safe and supported while talking with her. She is full of humor and life bringing great energy to any conversation. I have also take the opportunity to read and work through the exercises in her book Your Personal Renaissance which allowed me to gain even greater insight into how to lead a more fulfilling life. I highly recommend others to buy the book and do the journaling and introspection that Diane guides us through in the book.

Patricia Sheveland
Experienced Workers' Compensation Claims Leader; Individual and Business Transitions Coach

During my Senior year at Santa Clara University, I had the pleasure of taking several of Diane’s literature classes. I credit Diane for helping me find my authentic voice. She is a consummate professional and a caring mentor who provides useful insights as was the case when I worked under her as a directed research assistant. I highly recommend Diane!

Yvette Castro Farias
Corporate and Foundation Partnerships Strategist / Grants Consultant / Writer, Editor and Researcher

Diane is a dynamic author, teacher and fabulous coach. She brings her exuberance and adventurous, joyful spirit to everything she does! She's so much fun, you're apt to forget her extensive academic background and excellence in research. But not for long, for her brilliant intellect, broad-spectrum perspective and intelligent humor light up her conversations, her classes, and her books. Be sure to read her latest book, Your Personal Renaissance, for even if you have found your calling, you'll revel in rediscovering yourself in the rich stories, both Renaissance and current, and it will revitalize the joy of sharing your unique gifts.

Mardeene Mitchell
Founder and CEO at Visionaries to Light, Inc.

I have known Diane Dreher in several of her positions.   Patience and humor are hallmarks of this consummate professional: from her I learned how to remain calm and how to use humor in tense situations; from her I learned the balance between discretion and full disclosure. As a communicator, Diane is forthright and clear but always polite and respectful. As an individual, Diane is well-rounded, highly intelligent, centered, and generous.

Simone Billings
Director of Core Writing, Department of English at Santa Clara University

to create the life you’ve been waiting for.

As your coach, I’ll ask you powerful questions to help you see through false beliefs and unproductive patterns that have been holding you back. You’ll rediscover your passion, feeling more hopeful and energized as you begin creating new possibilities, one powerful step at a time.

My coaching is based on research in positive psychology, including my own research, published in refereed journals and my book, Your Personal Renaissance.

If you click on this 
link, I’ll be happy to send you a discovery exercise from my book. You can also check out my blog for Psychology Today.

Meanwhile, I support you in living with the spirit Henry David Thoreau expressed in Walden, knowing that:

If you only advance confidently in the direction of your dreams 
and endeavor to live the life you have imagined, 
you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. 

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