Counseling & Coaching

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I work with both individuals, couples, and small groups, coaching them to live more easeful and satisfying lives. For all clients, I bring an attitude of loving presence, safety, and respect to this journey of self-discovery, supporting clients to surface, explore, and transform disharmony into clarity and solution-focused action.

Life Coaching: For those seeking a closer connection with their own inner wisdom, I help clients discover and release constricting perceptions, beliefs, and habits of thinking that block access to a more satisfying life.

Clients connect with their own innate wisdom and move through disempowering beliefs and fears, allowing them to make decisions from an aligned state of body, mind, and spirit.

My life-coaching approach involves providing a safe and private space for free-flowing conversation, based around thought-provoking questions that encourage clients to identify goals and the actions needed to achieve them. This gives clients more confidence and the motivation for success. Our meetings involve support, progress updates…. and celebrations of success!

Communications Coaching: I help couples, groups, and friends rebuild trust and connection and find a deeper sense of understanding and connectedness that ultimately leads to personal growth as well as stronger and closer relationships.

 

 

Clients explore and revise old "maps" of their inner world that no longer serve them so they can make new choices to gain clarity, insight, and freedom of action in order to...

  • Find richer connections with others

  • Navigate differences productively, effectively, and with an open heart. 

  • More confidently navigate life transitions.

  • Create new habits for health and well-being.

My specialties are supporting clients who wish to gain insight into repeating unsatisfactory life patterns, those seeking clarity in life direction, people working with stress, worry, or confusion,  and those experiencing challenges in healthy relationships and communications.

 

The “deep listening” approach I use is client-centered and focuses on discovering and releasing limiting perceptions, beliefs, and habits of thinking and doing. 

 

I use mindfulness and somatic awareness approaches which are both gentle and also effective. they are particularly helpful for those who have a background in art, music, movement, mindfulness, or sports, but can be used by anyone seeking a deeper knowledge of self. 

All sessions are currently offered via videoconferencing.

 

My Approaches
I draw from a variety of holistic approaches and am informed by several intersecting philosophies that allow the dance between inner and outer dilemmas to be uncovered and explored in order to illuminate new and more satisfying options:
  • Hakomi, a mindfulness and somatic method that allows for the unfolding of the wisdom of the body and the unconscious mind. This approach helps people discover, study, and revise limiting beliefs about themselves and the world. Hakomi suggests that change happens through gently exploring the organization of experience in the present moment to uncover and reexamine previously unknown limiting "core beliefs” and make changes based on present-day needs and goals.

  • Solution-Focused Coaching, an approach that honors the client's knowledge of the issues, and asks questions that shift attention toward potential solutions. 

  • Positive Psychology, which invites focus on the character strengths and behaviors that allow individuals to build a life of meaning and purpose.

  • The work of the Gottmans, who focus on supporting couples to reconnect with their partners and bring more positivity into their relationships.

  • “Interest-based” mediation and conflict resolution, which suggests that both intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts contain important information about what matters and that these are differences to be explored respectfully and thoroughly to allow for the emergence of insights and solutions that feel right for all.

 
 
 
Testimonials

Kathleen offered a calm spaciousness that allowed me to attune more closely to hidden and obstructed parts of myself. – R.R.

I just wanted to let you know that the coaching you provided me last week was so helpful.

When I was anxious and had the urge to eat, I set a timer for five minutes, took several deep breaths, journaled (made sure the journal was handy) and made plans to do food logging when the five minutes was up. Your open style, your ability to give me space to figure things out for myself and permission to re-try things I wasn't sure would work again were all very helpful. -- M.M.

I've had a wonderful experience with Kathleen and would absolutely recommend her to other young women. Her wisdom and understanding have allowed me to start working through some difficult aspects of my life for the first time and I am very excited to continue on that path with her."  --E.H.

When I started working with Kathleen, I was stuck. I knew what I needed to do and even how to do it and I was annoyed at myself for failing to make real progress. With Kathleen’s kind, calm presence and her ability to really listen, I began to acknowledge the progress I had made. With her support, I built the confidence to take clear steps towards my goal. Kathleen has a unique way of asking questions that get to the heart of the matter. With her help, I was able to update my goals to aim for what I really needed. This clarity and the encouragement Kathleen provided have made a real difference in my life. -- P.L. 

Kathleen gently encourages by listening to what is being said, and also what is not being said. – K.D.

We were struggling as a couple, and Kathleen helped us find ways to renew our appreciation for one another, find closer connection, and sort out differences in a way that worked for both of us. -- G.R. and M.C.

Her presence, compassion, and skill guided me to visit places of fear and shift them. The process was gentle and deep and has had lasting effects on my life.  Kathleen is an amazing guide, I highly recommend her. – J.M.

Kathleen is a skilled practitioner, whose deep well of knowledge and skill allows her to deeply listen to what my story is and how my body has been affected. After each session, I am deeply moved. I am always heard and validated. She gives me homework that I can integrate and practice. There is freedom in the work for me. Kathleen is a practitioner whom I recommend wholeheartedly. -- E.C.

Kathleen is a truly gifted coach. When I have been going through major life struggles, she is consistently compassionate and present with me. And when I am strategizing, she is emotionally supportive and asks constructive questions from a clear perspective. I have found Kathleen to have a good understanding of psychology, which she translates into being a kind, dedicated and insightful coach. - S.D.

We were feeling, honestly, pretty hopeless. With Kathleen's help, my partner and I made the decision to re-commit to one another and build new ways of communicating honestly and lovingly, but with clear and boundaries. She's really shown us the way to be open-hearted and safe at the same time.  -- O.C.

Hakomi is wonderful!  It worked really well for me due to its embodied approach. Kathleen held safe and skilled space for me and I was able to access new awareness and deeper understanding of myself. – F.L

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