Hello, I am Dr. Sree Meleth
I am a public health researcher and a transformational life coach. I created my coaching business, Freeing Ourselves, to help my clients step into the highest and best versions of themselves. I help them stop the continuous questioning of their value, and quiet the unrelenting critic in their heads.
I was raised in a Hindu Nair family by a devout father and an agnostic mother. At the age of 19, I lost my mother in a plane crash. With my Mom’s death, I lost my sense of home, my single steadfast source of emotional support, and my trust in life. In the months following, I struggled to decide if I believed in God or not. Finally, exhausted from the back-and-forth in my mind about whether to believe or not, I decided to just try living as if I believed.
Today, that small, tentative step toward faith has blossomed into a steadfast knowing and an unshakable connection.
Since that devastating night, on Dec 31st, 1977, when I lost Mom, I have experienced life in all of its messy glory. The faith that began as a tiny seed has served me well. I have come through the devastation of loved ones falling prey to addictions, suicide, and even the loss of a child.
Over the years, I have lived in 30 different homes spanning three continents. I have raised two wonderfully successful children and earned three master’s degrees and a doctoral degree.
Despite all of my achievements, I am the poster child for the Imposter Syndrome. I know how it feels to worry that I am not good enough, compare myself to my peers, dismiss my accomplishments as flukes, and spiral into that dark hole of inaction or, more often, ineffective action. I understand how devastating and stunting this constant questioning is.
I have discovered that the questioning comes from us rejecting parts of ourselves and deciding they should not be valued. As the saying goes , “ As within , so without” – as we reject and decide that parts of us are not worth honoring and loving, we see that reflected in our experience of life. We tell ourselves we are an imposter and lo & behold we experience situations in which we feel like one! The answer to the dilemma is to learn to love all parts of us fully. To be a fully integrated human being who is completely at ease in his / her own skin.
This is my goal in each of my coaching programs.
"Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved."
Sree is the poster child for the Imposter Syndrome. Despite all of these achievements, she often falls into the trap of worrying that she is not good enough, comparing herself to her peers, dismissing her accomplishments as a fluke, and spiraling into a dark hole of inaction or, more often, ineffective action. She knows how devastating and stunting this constant questioning is. That is why she created Freeing Ourselves.
She believes from the bottom of her heart that her purpose in life is to help her clients drop these questions of value and worth and stand tall in the knowledge that they are invaluable human beings. As the testimonials show, she is amazingly successful in achieving this.