Ligia's Story

Hello my name is Ligia, and I want to share with you how I transformed my loss and changed my life.  Just like you, I have encountered losses in my life, but the most significant happened when I was 12 years old.  I was a very happy child living in Nicaragua, my native country when my life changed in a heartbeat.  My father unexpectedly died from an aortic aneurysm and my world turned upside down.  My inner world actually stopped.  I continued living but with great void in my heart.

For many years, I tried to understand so I could come to terms with his death, but I was stuck in my grief, not even knowing I was grieving.  My healing came to be after working on myself and embarking in the field of grief and loss.  I started to comprehend the human pain, the different losses we encounter in life, and the effect these can have in our lives.  I realized the multiple losses I had experienced in my life and how necessary it was to process each one of them.  It was then when I made the decision that changed my life completely.  I chose to transform my loss into an opportunity to grow.

Enthused by this transformation, I wrote the book, dedicated to my father’s memory, Transform Your Loss. Your Guide to Strength and Hope.  While I was writing the book, and inspiration overtook me.  I reflected on the different elements which have been essential in my own process and I created The 11 Principles of Transformation®. I started using the system with clients, in groups, and in live seminars.  Because my purpose is to help others transform their loss and change their lives, I offer it now, as an online program.

My mission in life is to empower others as they face painful situations because when we are in the midst of a loss we may feel we cannot continue, but we all have incredible resources within ourselves and the system of The 11 Principles of Transformation® is the catalyst that will help you achieve that transformation.

From my heart to yours…Also inspired by my story of loss, I developed professionally in the area of grief, loss, spirituality and personal growth.What follows is my professional background so you also know about me in that aspect.

About Ligia

Ligia M. Houben, , FT, FAAGC, CPC, CHT, is the founder of My Meaningful Life, LLC and the Executive Director of The Center for Transforming Lives in Miami, FL where she consults individuals and families; by offering coaching/support, groups and workshops.

Ligia is a whole-hearted speaker in the field of grief and 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.  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.

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.  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 based on your values and beliefs.

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 the are hurting.  If this pain is not acknowledged and recognized, the it stays with us, preventing us from moving on with our lives.  With the purpose of helping you with your grief, I created the system The 11 Principles of Transformation®, which can help you move from loss to emotion and spiritual growth.  She offers this system in different formats: private sessions, groups, workshops, seminars, and now as an online program.

Certified Thanatologist

Guided by this fascination with death and dying, Ligia became a member of ADEC.  The Thanatology Association, where she 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.

Ligia is a licensed Master Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner by the Society of NLP of Richard Bandler.  NLP is a value and amazingly technique for changing limiting beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes.  As a skilled NLP practioner 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.