Constantine Dhonau, CPLC
Positive Intelligence™ & Relationships Coach
Over 10,000 hours of personal, professional, coaching, therapeutic development in one-on-one and group settings.
1 year coaching individuals and couples into healthier, more positive, more fulfilling relationships with themselves and each other.
3 years leading teams of teens, young adults, and their families in the wilderness to master grounding skills, non-violent communication, and ceremony.
4 years of university culminating in a Baccalaureate Dissertation on Self-Compassion in LGBTQIA+ Individuals.
1,800 hours of service in an under-resourced 5th-grade English classroom with extensive personal and professional development training from AmeriCorps.
Work with me to learn how you can transform self-judgement and self-sabotage into self-mastery.
More About Me
I feel best when I see people becoming their best. I feel even better when I get to help them be better.
I get the best results with the people I work with when we build a relationship on support, inquiry, and challenge. I use a guideline methodology with emergent design that is informed by years of experience and extensive research to surpass your goals in the most organic, enjoyable way possible. I believe in a collaborative “gradual release” method. I'll provide more guidance and skills upfront as you integrate and implement them more on your own to channel your inner Sage. My main role is to hold the larger picture and offer you my unique perspective to notice and imagine what others may miss in your process.
My path of personal, professional, and spiritual development has taken many forms. I’ve learned grit, surrender, compromise, leadership, humility, honesty, and how to be of service throughout my journey.
My personal growth stems from more than a decade of self-reflection through collaborative journaling, publishing a hybrid memoir, studying and practicing self-compassion, and traveling solo through Europe and the U.S.
My professional experience builds on my research psychology degree, an Americorps gap year, training with Outward Bound, working as a wilderness therapy guide, life coaching, and continued education.
My spiritual journey draws from multi-cultural ceremonies, existential inquiry, divination, and Daoism.
I was raised by my mother and my aunt in St. Petersburg, Florida. My formal education includes studying abroad in Spain and defending my Baccalaureate Dissertation on Self-Compassion in LGBTQIA+ Individuals at New College of Florida. I spent more time in Spain, Italy and Greece and completed a service year with City Year Denver, an AmeriCorps program. I served over 1,800 service hours in a 5th-grade English classroom and led trainings as the Leadership Development Coordinator. Then, I enrolled in a 52-day instructor development course with Outward Bound.
We backpacked in Colorado, crack-climbed in Wyoming, fasted during a 3-day solo, and completed a 2-week practical in Alaska by backpacking across a glacier and bushwhacking through Alaskan backcountry. I finished, despite a knee injury, and discovered a deep stillness from being immersed in nature. The following year I went back to Florida to rehab my knee, working both a day and night job with little time in between. I felt like a failure, expecting to redirect my dream of becoming a wilderness guide due to my injury. After a year of rehab, I returned to Denver, where I crammed 3 jobs in retail, youth mentorship, and driving for Lyft until I finally started as a field guide for Open Sky Wilderness Therapy.
In over 3 years, I worked over 555 days in the field (8,000+ hours) working with teens and young adults in crisis, backpacking through the Utah desert and Colorado mountains. Open Sky trained me in a litany of therapeutic skills for coping, communicating, containing, reframing, redirecting, culture crafting, mentoring, and more at the individual and group level. However, with great reward comes great challenge. Shortly after being promoted to Senior 4 Field Guide and publishing my first book, Collateral Intentions, I decided it was time for my next chapter.
My spirituality grew with two of the most ancient texts of China: the I Ching (YEE-chjing; “The Book of Changes”; 3000 BCE~1000 BCE) and the Dao De Jing (DOW-duh-chjing; “The Book of The Way and Its Virtue”; ~300 BCE). Nearing the end of my guiding career, I held at least one ceremony for myself every day before leading a final training for new guides, culminating in a much larger transitional ceremony.
Weeks after I finished guiding, I hiked 4 days on the Arizona trail before completing my first Hanbleyca (on-BLEY-cha; “crying for a vision in the night;” a beautiful Lakota ceremony. The ceremony takes weeks or even months to properly prepare hundreds of prayer ties which surrounded me in a 10-foot circle for 4 days and 4 nights without food, water, or human interaction. I extended my food fast an additional 4 days. All of these components of my transition brought me into a deeper relationship with spirit, myself, and the world around me.
My Positive Intelligence™ & Relationship Coaching practice integrates coaching certifications, research psychology, models and theories, daily self-reflection practices, wilderness guiding, spirituality, ceremony, and multitudinous personal/professional development.
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The most raw, potent, and relatable, portrait of the human experience you will read today. This coming-of-age mosaic evokes your deepest fears and highest aspirations throughout your own life's journey. Any page at random will carve a smile, lump your throat, and make you forget yourself until you come back to earth from being lost in your own memories. Collateral Intentions chronicles a decade of our finest years: crossing the threshold into adulthood. Constantine Dhonau spills blood in ink for 222 pages without restraint.
Constantine's coaching changed my life! I was experiencing a lot of anxiety around my purpose when I found his services. I took his Dao De Jing program and did a 180 in those 81 days! Now I'm more balanced, confident in my path and striving financially. He's the real deal. Highly recommend!
K. F., former client
As a former commitment-phobe, Mr. Dhonau helped improve my confidence and held me accountable. His curriculum was highly beneficial, helped me organize my thoughts, and split one large goal I had been procrastinating on into small steps so it was more feasible. I would highly recommend his program to others, and think that when you take into account all of his assurance , support, and how accessible he was, LAUNCH is a true bargain.
R. W., former client
Constantine's teachings have been some of the most amazing influences to my journey and he's helped me align so many parts of my life! He has a way of unlocking doors you didn't know existed. I'm so grateful to have worked with him and 100% suggest his coaching for others!! THIS IS YOUR SIGN!
B. E., former client
I recently worked with Constantine on my MFA in Poetry applications and his support went above and beyond what I expected...He was also able to see the big picture of my work, identify themes, and provide feedback on how to more fully encompass my poetic niche...you will not find someone as talented, compassionate, and astute as Constantine. I am so grateful to have him on my writing team!