Independent Practitioner

David Hadden, J.D., M.P.C.

David Hadden, J.D., M.P.C.

Life Coach

As a Life Coach, David partners with individuals and couples to examine and help resolve issues of concern and curiosity. Examples might be improving a relationship, relieving stress or anxiety, navigating a transition, making a difficult decision, addressing work-place concerns, finding deeper meaning in one’s occupation, opening to greater intimacy, or exploring a pathway to greater energy and excitement. These are topics that may be practical or emotional in nature, or quite often a combination of both.

David employs a body-centered approach, grounded in principles of mindfulness and positive psychology. The process is collaborative, creative and thought provoking. David invites his clients into subject matter and depth only to the extent the client is willing to venture. The goal is to empower the client to discover the next step that is right for them. Trust and safety lie at the heart of effective coaching. Candor, gentleness and humor are essential ingredients.

David is a graduate of Hartford Family Institute’s Professional Training Program in Body-Centered Psychotherapy, a program in which he has assisted teaching for three years. He has a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Graduate Theological Foundation, and has studied with MentorCoach, LLC, a coach-training program accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). The latter has included life coaching ethics and skills, body-centered coaching strategies, practical application of positive psychology principles, and serving clients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Prior to his work as a Life Coach, David counseled law clients for 33 years as a partner in a Hartford-based law firm. He attended college at Harvard University, and received his law degree from The University of Virginia School of Law. He and his wife have raised three children, and lived in the Hartford area for over 35 years. David likes to be outdoors whenever possible, and enjoys hiking, studying and periodic travels.

David’s office is at Hartford Family Institute, 17 South Highland Street in West Hartford. He may be reached at or (860) 559-5894.



Chronic Anger

Conflict Resolution

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)


HFI Body Centered Psychotherapy


Life coaching and life changes

Life Transitions

Personal growth


Each independent practitioner is a sole proprietor of their own private practice. There is no supervisory connection between the Partners, Associates and the Independent Practitioners.