Ligia MA, FT, FAAGC, CPC, CHT, is the founder of My Meaningful Life, LLC and The Center for Transforming Lives in Miami, Fl where she consults with individuals and families; by offering coaching/support, groups and workshops.
Ligia is the author of three books on grief: The self-help book Transform Your Loss. Your Guide to Strenght and Hope, Counseling Hispanics Through Loss, Grief, and Bereavement. A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, and Transforming Grief and Loss. Workbook (for coaches and mental health professionals). She is a whole-hearted speaker in the field of grief & loss and life transitions. She has reached many people with her messages about transformation, meaning, and personal growth. She is a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement and a Fellow of the American Academy of Grief Counseling and former board member of ADEC (The Association for Death, Education, and Counseling). She holds a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Miami, MA in Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificates in Multidisciplinary Gerontology from Florida International University and in Loss and Healing from St. Thomas University.
About Ligia M. Houben
Certified Professional Coach
Ligia holds a certification as a professional coach from the International Coaching Academy (ICA) which is an accredited training provider by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
As your Life Transitions Coach, Ligia can help you change your life for the better. Ligia helps you to let go of limiting beliefs and She works with you in letting go of road blocks that prevent you from becoming the person you want to be. Because coaching focuses on the future instead of the past, overcoming limiting beliefs is one of the most powerful steps you can take to live the life you want. As you work with Ligia, you will be able to achieve your goals and transform your life living with more joy and purpose.
Certified Grief Counselor
As a Certified Grief Counselor and a Fellow of the American Academy of Grief Counseling, Ligia has specialized in helping others deal with any loss or difficult life transition in a caring and empowering way. People generally try to ignore their grief and pretend that nothing has happened to them, but inside they are hurting. If this pain is not acknowledged and recognized, then it stays with us, preventing us from moving on with our lives. With the purpose of helping you with your grief, she created the system The 11 Principles of Transformation, which can help you move from loss to emotional and spiritual growth. She offers this system in different formats: private sessions; groups; workshops, seminars, and as an online program.
“Certification in Thanatology (CT®) is a foundation certification that is designed to enhance professional knowledge and promote excellence in the field of thanatology. It recognizes a specific educational background in dying, death and bereavement, combined with experience in the field.” (ADEC)
Guided by her fascination with death and dying, Ligia became a member of ADEC, The Thanatology Association, where she was a board member and has remained very active. This is the association which conferred her with the credential Certified Thanatologist and the prestigious credential Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
Some of the consultations Ligia offers are related to last wishes, last rituals, and engaging in the conversation of death and dying, including fear to die.
Ligia has been a volunteer of Hospice, worked with funeral homes, and has the compassion to assist the dying person and their families during this transition.
Ligia has a passion for older adults and helps them deal with aging challenges. She is an advocate for their wellbeing and likes to guide adult children in the transition of taking care of aging parents. She did her certification in gerontology in 2002 at The Center in Aging located in Florida International University (FIU). Ligia worked at the Center in Aging in research and as a teaching assistant for online courses in gerontology. She was very much involved with the elder community, facilitating a ladie’s group for 9 years at the Jewish Communicty Services (JCS) adult day care center in Espanola way, Miami Beach. She also taught several courses at OSHER (lifelong learning) at University of Miami and Florida International University, North Campus.
Ligia is involved with The Alliance for Aging where she has taught courses for the staff and for adults dealing with life transitions. Her seminar “Transforming Grief and Loss” was offered as a 8-week program sponsored by The Alliance for Aging.
Her manual “Spirituality and Elders: The Fourth Dimension” was endorsed by the world known author Dr. Harold Koenig:
Spirituality and Elders: The Fourth Dimension is an important tool to have for those caregivers who embrace the holistic approach to aging. Ligia M. Houben explores the internal process that older adults experience as they confront issues such as isolation, physical limitations and mortality and offers ideas to emphasize spiritual elements such as gratitude and forgiveness. She draws from her special care for older adults and her desire to motivate healthcare professionals and laypeople to understand the necessity of integrating spirituality as a vital component of meaningful aging.
Harold G. Koenig, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Master Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner
Ligia is a licensed Master Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner by the Society of NLP of Richard Bandler. NLP is a valuable and amazingly technique for changing limiting beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes. As a skilled NLP practitioner Ligia can help you discover your full potential as she teaches you to reframe your thoughts and your expectations in life. The personal change you experience is a real transformation from the inside out.
Ligia’s work has been centered in the area of grief and loss, expanding into meaning and growth. She has a passion for life and believes all of us are able to fulfill our purpose if we can only change our attitude and beliefs.
Ligia has conducted workshops and seminars in English and Spanish, in the United States and Latin America. Ligia M. Houben has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including CNN Español, NPR, NBC, and Univisión. A pioneer in working with Hispanics and grief, she authored the book Counseling Hispanics through Loss, Grief, and Bereavement. A Guide to Mental Health Professionals, which has been widely embraced as a helping manual in clinical settings, hospitals, and individuals. This book includes her system of transformation, The 11 Principles of Transformation® which was introduced in her self-help book Transform Your Loss: Your Guide to Strength and Hope.
Ligia M. Houben was born is Managua, Nicaragua and lives in Miami, Fla. She is known for sharing her personal story of loss and transformation, her love for people, and her desire to bring peace and joy to others.