You came to your work because you care deeply about the world. But now you’re struggling.

Professional coaching may be for you if you find yourself in either of the following two situations:

1. Leadership Coaching

You hold an important leadership role in your organization and are responsible for a lot of the success of your team. Whether you’re new to this role or have held the role for some time, you’re facing at least one of the following challenges:

  • Interpersonal conflict(s) with your board, staff, supervisor, or colleagues
  • Feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm about everything you have to do, and yet worries that you’re not doing enough
  • Stress levels that threaten your relationships, health, or emotional wellbeing
  • Waning self-confidence and mounting self-doubt

You’re ready to resolve the current challenges so that you and your team can succeed with your critical work. And so that you don’t burn out.

2. Career Clarity Coaching

You’ve come to a career crossroads, and you’re wondering whether you need to get a different job, change careers, or make some other big work-related change.

But you feel bewildered about what changes to make and scared of how a change might affect the rest of your life. You’re also experiencing at least one of the following:

  • Your levels of exhaustion and overwhelm have hit a breaking point.
  • Voices of self-doubt or guilt make it hard to see how you can leverage your skills on a new path or leave current commitments behind.
  • You’ve tried everything you know to make changes at work, and yet still, you’re struggling.
  • You want a career that serves a greater purpose, sustains you financially, and supports your life outside of work.

More than anything, you long to get clear and confident about your next steps and to create a career that makes a difference, lights you up, and supports your life.

Whether you face leadership or career questions, if you’re like a lot of my clients, you’ve probably done a lot of work on yourself.

A lot of what you’ve tried has probably helped somewhat, but it’s not gotten you all the way there.

What’s lacking with most approaches—therapy, leadership training, professional development courses, and so forth—is that they address either personal transformation or professional strategy, but not both. What most people need is an approach that helps us show up more effectively in our work while also honoring our personal needs.

Professional coaching can help you cultivate the emotional and strategic skills you need to successfully rise to your challenges. With the right support, you can experience flow and fulfillment.

My experience working with Katherine was extremely transformational and led to huge and beautiful changes in my life. I let go of guilt, shame, and apology about following my body and intuition, excavated and realigned with my deeply held values, got clear about who and what I really want in my work life, and rooted more firmly into myself.

The experience was far more effective and transformative than any other therapeutic relationship I’ve ever had.

-Caitlin Marquis, Community Organizer

Most of us come to a point in our lives where we face challenges that are just too great for us to go it alone, where we need steady guidance to get through the scary spots and grow the skills to rise to the challenges ahead.

The support we need incorporates the following elements, all of which I incorporate into my professional coaching services:

One: Structured Accountability

Insights are short-lived. To turn theory into habit, we must practice—over and over again. And to keep practicing and accomplish our big goals, we need more than trainings, courses, or retreats. These one-off sources of support can elicit important revelations, but they don’t provide the support we need to integrate insights into our lives.

We all need a structure of ongoing accountability that helps us hold true to our values, stay on track with our goals, and integrate new learnings over time. With steady practice over time and ongoing support to help us stay on track, we can build habits that last a lifetime.

Two: Thought Partnership

Many of us do our best thinking in conversation with a skilled thought partner, someone who can listen deeply, ask questions that help us hear ourselves better, offer helpful perspective, shine light on possibilities we may not have considered, push us into new areas of understanding, and evolve alongside our changing circumstances.

Thought partnership like this may sound like a luxury, but the most cutting edge organizations understand that this investment in good thinking is one of the smartest they can make.

Three: Warm Accompaniment

Lakota-Cherokee shaman and psychiatrist, Lewis Mehl-Madrona writes, Beyond any technique, relationships are what heal. We humans need each other to build shelter, mend our wounds, stay safe, and find our way. Research by neuroscientist James Coan shows that hills look steeper and pain feels more intense when we’re alone. In no great story does the adventurer go it alone.

Yet, far too often, organizational and political leaders feel painfully alone with the challenges they face. And, when we feel alone, we’re less likely to take risks, experiment with new solutions, learn new lessons, respond in generative ways, and survive the challenging moments whole. We need at least one other human who has our back through the hard times, helps us back up when we fall, holds a soft landing place to keep bouncing back, and celebrates our victories with us.

Four: Systemic Perspective

The factors that hold us back from embodying our full potential often have little to do with us. Intergenerational family and organizational trauma creates dynamics that keep us acting and feeling in ways that we have a hard time making sense of.

For example, when children are parentified early in life (and expected to take on the role of parenting themselves, their siblings, or their parents), they can become strong leaders, but they can also expect themselves to take on way more than their share. In contrast, younger siblings who don’t receive the support they need may tend to see themselves as smaller than everyone else and struggle to fully take on leadership roles.

When we learn to hold a systemic perspective and see the dynamics that have been holding us back, we can far more easily get unstuck and make the changes we long for.

Five: Deep Inner Work.

The archetypal question of any great journey is—Who am I now? To answer this question, we must cross through many gates—moments of great decision where we must let go of something that no longer serves us in order to step fully into the person we’re called to be now.

With the right support, each gate becomes an opportunity to let go of limiting patterns, heal our trauma, transform our relationship with the wounded parts of ourselves, and unapologetically claim our power.

Honoring Feelings & Needs

Six: Practical Skill-Building Support

This complex moment in time demands a complex set of skills—interpersonal communication, systems thinking, decision-making, organization, time management, boundaries, focus, leadership presence, and so forth.

Leaders need support cultivating the skills necessary to achieve the outcomes they long for, show up in ways that make them proud, and sustain their energy. When we cultivate the skills we need, we can more easily trust that we’re doing our best no matter what happens, and let go of what is outside our control.

By receiving the support of these six elements, my clients gain the clarity and confidence they need to move forward with excitement and ease.

One year ago, I took a new position leading a global social change initiative, and I found myself doubting my capacity. I explored a number of women’s business leadership options, but Katherine’s approach resonated most. I wanted to create real change in the world, and I wanted to feel fulfilled in that work. I wanted to inspire my team as well.

Before starting coaching, I had my doubts. I wasn’t looking for therapy. I remember telling Katherine that this work wasn’t about the personal me, it was about the professional me.

But with Katherine’s gentle support and respectful suggestions, over time, it became clear that my learning was not only making me a more confident leader but helping me grow as a person—a daughter, a mother, a friend.

I look forward to every session with Katherine, and I always come out feeling more clear, confident, and armed with new practical ideas to try. Most importantly, most days I’m really fulfilled in my work.

–Beth Bradford, International Child Protection Consultant

Hi! I’m Katherine Golub, MBA, PCC (she/her).

Since 2013, I’ve coached community leaders, organizers, activists, and people who work hard to make a difference in the world. It is my honor and joy to help my clients heal burnout, overcome workplace conflict, create careers they love, cultivate the emotional capacity for sometimes incredibly challenging work, and have a surprising amount of fun while they’re at it.

Since I was a high school senior in 2000, I’ve organized for social change, first focused on US foreign policy, workers’ rights, and solidarity work in Latin America, and now dedicating my attention at the local level to collective wellbeing and justice as a city councilor in my small town in Western Massachusetts.

I love my work as a coach and the fact that it allows me to integrate my passions for personal and collective transformation.

Through practicing what I preach as an organizer, mother, partner, business owner, and community member over the decades and through supporting my hundreds of clients, I am convinced that burnout is not inevitable. With the right skills and support, our work can feel life-giving. Leading can give us life, and we can create careers we love.

It would be an honor to explore the possibility of getting to support you and your work in the world.

When I came to Katherine, I cared so much about my work and the students I serve, but I seemed to lack some mysterious supervision skills, and it appeared the other supervisors had them.

Rather than feeling shame about my challenges like I had before, Katherine and I worked together as a team to help me find healing, growth, and passion again.

Week after week, I noticed positive shifts in my perspective and leadership skills. I developed clarity about the kind of leader I want to be, strengthened my connection with my inner wisdom, learned to trust myself to make important decisions, and developed systems to empower and guide my staff.

I now approach challenges at work with clearer direction and confidence, and  I’m far more grounded in my choices at work and in the rest of my life. Rather than feeling anxious about what’s next, I’m excited to be on the journey.

–Meghan Bone, High School Program Director

It brings me great joy to witness my clients cultivating the skills they need to be effective and fulfilled. Here’s a smattering of skills I help my clients develop:

Embodying a Centered & Confident Leadership Presence:

  1. Slowing down and pausing before reacting or impulsively moving to fix problems
  2. Soothing your nervous system and returning to center, even when things get heated
  3. Tuning in to—and trusting—your body’s intelligence and inner guidance

Clarifying and Focusing On What Matters Most:

  1. Discerning what you truly need and want in your life and work
  2. Identifying and staying true to your multiple, sometimes-contradictory values
  3. Envisioning the future you long for—and holding this vision front and center as you navigate the ups and downs of everyday life

Soothing Shame, Guilt, & Self-Doubt:

  1. Turning toward yourself with warmth, kindness, and compassion
  2. Letting go of limiting stories and behavior patterns that hold you back
  3. Decisively acting to honor your needs and your peoples’ needs

Getting the Most Important Stuff Done:

  1. Creating right-sized expectations for yourself and your people
  2. Organizing your life to get the important stuff done and focus on your priorities, including self-care
  3. Tracking glimmers of celebration, gratitude, and wellbeing

Communicating & Navigating Conflict Effectively:

  1. Making clear requests that people are more likely to say yes to
  2. Listening with genuine curiosity to others’ ideas and criticism
  3. Discerning which feedback to implement and which to let go
  4. Saying no in ways that strengthen relationships

Katherine weaves big themes together and distills them into tangible, manageable and meaningful steps like it was no big deal, effortless and joyful.  Her clients have access to a huge range of approaches, practices, and a whole wealth of training she’s done herself. It’s a very unique way into coaching that really cultivates wholeness.

I’m now communicating my needs to my staff (and myself) more clearly and in a way that elicits support. I am busier than ever but also somehow operating with a sense of stillness and presence.

I’ve aligned my personal life with my professional life in a way I’d never experienced before. It truly feels like my life and my livelihood — myself and my working self — are integrated now, nurturing each other and reflecting the same values, commitments and aspirations.

-KC Ceccarossi, CEO, Common Media

Through an ongoing relationship of warm accountability, thought partnership, and transformational support, I help my clients achieve the outcomes they seek. So, what do my professional coaching services entail, exactly?

One: Creating the Container

If you and I were to work together, in the first month, we would create the container for our work together—a personalized development plan with competency-based outcomes tailored to meet your needs, a vision statement, and an embodied commitment statement. We create this plan in two two-hour sessions plus back-and-forth communication through email.

Two: Coaching Sessions

Over the course of the next five months, we meet twice a month for one-hour sessions. We begin each session by celebrating what’s new and good related to our work together and getting centered. Then, we identify what you want to walk away from the session with, focus there, and by the end of the session, you will almost always come away with what you wanted at the beginning of the session.

The focus of coaching sessions varies greatly and is based on your needs. For example, in one day, I might help clients prepare to facilitate a conversation about workplace belonging and inclusion, figure out how to honor conflicting needs such as solitude and collaboration, or heal intergenerational trauma underlying procrastination in a job search.

We close each session by setting right-sized action steps for the next couple of weeks and writing them in your development plan.

Three: Weekly Check-Ins

Every week, you write a check-in about where you’re at with your action steps. I read what you’ve written and respond with questions, celebration, insights, and suggestions. This reflection practice helps you integrate new insights, build new skills, and stay accountable to your big goals.

Four: Unlimited Email

Throughout our time together, you have access to me through unlimited email. You can send me anything you want my eyes on—resumes, cover letters, proposals, and so forth—and I will respond with my thoughts.

Many private coaching clients email daily to help them stay accountable. Others write to me to receive support when a challenge arises so they can quickly get clear about how to proceed.

The Cost:

I work with each private coaching client to find a heart-centered price that feels good for both of us. The range runs from $4,200 to $8,400 for six months, which can be paid in one payment, or split up into six monthly payments.

I offer the following self-assessment questions to help you determine the rate that best fits your resources. I recognize that each person’s experience regarding these factors is complex, and I hope these questions support reflective discernment. Most of this list is sourced from the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance (AORTA):

  • Are you and your family homeowners or landowners?
  • Have you attended private education institutions or do you have an advanced degree?
  • Are your bills or credit cards on autopay?
  • Have you not had difficulty accessing and affording healthcare or health insurance for you or your family members?
  • Do you have little to no debt and/or do you have disposable income?
  • Do you have a safety net composed of “financially stable” or wealthy friends?
  • Do you have U.S. Citizenship?
  • Does your income only support you and not other loved ones?
  • Have you or do you expect to inherit money or property?
  • Have you (or could you have) attended college?
  • Have you (or could you have) attended graduate school?
  • Is your organization paying for at least a part of your enrollment?

If you work for an organization that offers professional development funding to staff, I encourage you to ask your organization for the funds to cover the cost of coaching and help you become a more effective leader for your team, organization, and community. I am happy to provide documentation to support your request.

Feel free to reach out to me at katherine@callingsandcourage.com with any questions.

It was a huge plunge for me to hire a professional coach. It seemed frivolous. But after months of trying to fix the problems on my own, I knew if I wanted to make my business work and be successful, I needed some help.

Katherine taught me how to say no and create boundaries. I now have better control over the time that I spend, and I take myself more seriously in my work and my relationships with my clients. My nerves are more settled and I am comfortable in my life. And now, when life is starting to feel unsettled, I have the ability to change how I respond to it and regain control and a sense of calm.

In nearly every conversation I have with people about my business or their own, I find my natural response is, “You should meet my career coach!” In every session, I had a feeling of being grateful when I showed up and was even more filled with gratitude when I left. I can’t recommend Katherine’s coaching loudly enough.

-Marcie Cormier

Let’s talk!

If you’re ready to discuss the possibility of working together, I invite you to set up a discovery session.

First, fill out the form below. I’ll be in touch within two business days to set up a time to talk.

Then, we’ll get on a free call to discuss what you’re grappling with and what next steps you might take. I’ll ask you questions, assess your needs, and make a recommendation of what support I think might help you most. Often, that’s an invitation to work with me, but if I sense that something else might serve you more, I will refer you to other support.

I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Professional Coaching Services Discovery Session Application

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On the fence about whether to reach out?

I understand. It’s a big investment, and you want to make sure it’s right for you. If you were my coaching client, I’d encourage you to do the following:

  • Check in with your body: In your mind’s eye, imagine participating in the group. How does the idea feel in your body—good and exciting? Good but scary/exhilarating? Those are good signs.
  • Explore the cost: Ask yourself: What is the cost of participating in the course? What is the cost of not joining? Which is greater?
  • Turn toward your Voice of Doubt with love and kindness. Our Voice of Doubt is the part that says Yeah, but… and What if… when we get closer to making a big decision that aligns with our heart’s longings but comes with a cost.

Do your best to turn toward your Voice of Doubt with love and kindness and ask what it needs. Then, ask yourself: How might I move forward in a way that honors my many needs?

  • Reflect: What are your intentions for the next phase of your life? Does participating in this course feel well aligned with your intentions or not? What does your inner knowing say?

If your inner knowing says no, honor that. If it says maybe, check in with yourself about whether you have any questions. If you think the course is what you need but have questions, please ask by emailing your questions to me at katherine@callingsandcourage.com. I don’t want an unasked question or unexpressed concern to keep you from getting clear.

If your inner knowing says yes, I hope you will reach out. And, remember that you do not need to make any commitment before getting on the free call.

And if now’s not the time, but you’d love to receive a taste of my work and morsels of guidance each week, I invite you to receive my weekly Love Letters to Changemakers. Click here to subscribe.

And, in case they’re helpful, here are some more client testimonials for you. Enjoy!

I’m the only woman on an all-male executive team at a start-up company, and at first, I had a difficult time feeling like I had a place on the team. Before I met Katherine, I was caught in a cycle of analysis paralysis, and nothing was really changing.

Katherine helped me realize that for real change, I need to look within. I now listen to myself in a much deeper way instead of just hanging out in my head. Rather than looking to other people to feel good about myself, I’m tapping into what I know to be true about who I am and what I’m capable of. Instead of being passive, I have a much better understanding of what I want, I know how to take control and shape how I experience my life (work and otherwise), and I’ve been able to actually change my situation, rather than just thinking about fixing it.

I’ve taken so many classes on self-growth, and two main things set Katherine apart. First, she has a style that’s zero-judgment. Many people in the “coaching” field have a certain vibe that makes it hard for me to feel like I can be my full self. Katherine, on the other hand, is completely accepting and real, and working with her has allowed me to get to a place that is super authentic.

Second, the tools and teachings she offers are much more practical and easy to apply than a lot of the other stuff out there. Many classes give you the background and theory, but then you don’t know what to do with it. She explains the research behind the practices she teaches, and then she tells you how to apply it to your own life. Her teachings actually get you results.

–Tess, Start-Up VP

Just a few months ago, I felt confused, overwhelmed, unclear, and buried beneath a mountain of tasks. I came up against a pivotal moment in my career, and I didn’t know whether to go left or right or forward or backward or diagonal.

My business partner told me to call Katherine. Even though I was reluctant to add one more thing to my plate, I trusted that working with her would help me develop the habits and boundaries I needed to see a clear direction forward.

Just three months later, I have a new job description that’s completely aligned with the work I love doing. I’ve learned how to recognize and communicate what I need and create clear boundaries with my employees that benefit all of us.

As a result, I’ve filled several new classes to capacity and completed three major projects that have been sitting on my desk for a long time. I’ve owned my business for seven years, and I finally feel like I have the time and space to grow it, rather than just maintaining it.

Now, I’m able to say “no” to the small stuff, stop the interruptions, set my priorities, and stay on the right path. Katherine taught me how to lay out my thoughts and ask the questions that allow me to hear my own thoughts clearly.

I’ve done a lot of therapy with a lot of different people, but what makes this work different is that it’s task-oriented. I put what I learn into practice. I take the steps each week, and I’m accountable to following through. I had no idea that we’d go as deep into work as we have, and each thing I learn uncovers a deeper, exciting layer of discovery.

-Laurie Johnson — Owner, The Pilates Studio

I first came to Katherine after receiving hard-to-hear feedback on a 360-degree evaluation. I needed to learn how to slow down, listen more carefully to my supervisees and peers, incorporate others’ views and suggestions, and put people before the process, especially when facing deadlines and time pressure.

I wanted a skilled coach who could help me see the habits and assumptions that kept me from showing up as my best self, and I needed to build skills in intentional listening.

As a certified coach myself, I can honestly say that Katherine is a very skilled coach. She holds a wonderful balance of accountability and compassion, her depth of knowledge in various frameworks brings new awareness, and she identifies just the right tools to match clients’ needs.

–Jane, Assistant Vice President in Learning & Development at a Large Academic Medical Center

For years, I was in the habit of investing too much energy ruminating over interpersonal conflicts and taking on volunteer or consulting commitments that took more from me than I got in return.

I’ve worked on these habits through a variety of modalities for over fifteen years, and it was time for another deliberate investment. I chose to work with Katherine because of her deep experience with the work of conscience and her heartful approach to the need for rest and recovery.

Katherine helped me to reach a new level of resilience, rest-easiness, and stamina in the face of adversity and failure. The bite-sized competencies we set helped me remain present in my body, and the weekly attention to building those competencies provided structure and familiarity that I relied on while we explored the unfamiliar ideas that came up in our coaching sessions.

Because we worked together both synchronously by video and asynchronously by writing, I could access our work together at any time. The structure of our work together became a profound resource, and I felt deeply connected to our thought partnership in a way that supported me to give ever more attention to my discovery process.

Katherine’s graceful coaching weaves together diverse dimensions of body, personality, and social relationship. Many people could self-help themselves to build competency along one or two of these dimensions, but few could self-help themselves to a course of personal discovery that is as comprehensive and coherent as Katherine’s coaching.

After several months of our ongoing dialogue, I’m more at ease within myself, more aware of myself as an emergent being, more conscious of who I am and of the mystery of who I am. I couldn’t have arrived here on my own, and I haven’t found many guides who could’ve helped me arrive here, either.

-Tim Shores, Communications Specialist and Planning Board Member

When I started working with Katherine, I was always going above and beyond for people, but I still thought I wasn’t doing enough. I couldn’t prioritize, and I was completely overwhelmed. I also felt numb. I think I knew that if I paid attention to how I felt, I’d realize that what I was doing wasn’t working. But I didn’t think I had other options, so I avoided feeling anything.

With Katherine’s guidance, I reconnected with my body and learned how to identify what I need and what feels right. I became much better at not taking on everything myself and trusting other people to do things. Instead of being driven by guilt, I’m now guided by seeing where my gifts are most needed. I make choices that serve me and the world more, and I feel more confident about my decisions.

Katherine helped me realize that there would be opportunities if I stayed present. I was in this new mindset when I attended a training, realized that I loved it, and took the leap to set up a new program. Whereas before I might have felt tense or worried about an uphill battle, I moved through the process with a sense of ease. If I hadn’t had coaching as a source of support, I might have missed the path that opened up to me.

–Abby, Gender-Based Violence Systems Change Advocate

As the district manager of my region’s first recreational marijuana dispensary, I sought Katherine’s support because I knew I wasn’t yet where I needed to be to face the upcoming explosive growth of onboarding forty new employees in one month.

Working with Katherine, I learned how to trust myself, slow way down and pause (even in the midst of rapid change), and stop second-guessing myself. During the media whirlwind of opening day (six different news outlets!), I even had a few employees ask me how I remained so calm and in control. That made my day!!

By the end of our work together, I knew in my bones that I was up for the challenge. Since then, it’s been an incredible, fun journey! I still can’t express how valuable working with Katherine was for me! I am a different leader than I would have been, and, months later, I am excited to say that I am a person who pauses still.

–Angie

I sought Katherine’s support to get clear about my next career steps and rediscover my sense of confidence. Prior to working with Katherine, I’d done a lot of inner reflection but continued to flounder around in questions like— What do I want to do? Who am I? What do I have to offer? I felt a sense of paralysis around taking action.

The structure Katherine provided built a ladder of self-sufficiency that got me out of my hole and kept me accountable for moving forward. With Katherine’s support, I learned to reflect in a way that moved me forward rather than sending me down a rabbit hole.

Katherine picked up on cues that I wasn’t aware of. She would often say something like “I noticed you keep using this word or your body language changed when we talked about this idea.” Or she would point out important things in my daily work— things that went well or not well. I needed this support and reflection to get clear on what was next.

Each step I took with Katherine’s guidance helped me get clear on what was next— a career in social work, supporting folks with chronic illness. I started exploring Masters in Social Work programs, talking to social workers, and attending information sessions. Finally, I applied, got in and started two and a half months later.

Now, I feel so much energy and excitement. I’m so much happier working and interacting with other people who are thinking about things in a similar way.

Rosie Perera – Social Worker

Over the last year, I worked with Katherine as my executive coach to accomplish my goals. Through our work, I learned a lot about myself, my strengths, and my weaknesses. What an eye-opener! We talked honestly and openly about my leadership skills and how to build my confidence and ability to trust myself.

Katherine is so skilled. She’s open, welcoming and supportive. It’s not easy to talk about our weaknesses or recognize our strengths. Leaders can be very hard on themselves. I learned to relax and trust my ideas!

-Sandy Sayers – Former Executive Director – United Way of Franklin County

Although I’d spent a lot of time building my skills, I often felt confused about my next steps before reaching out to Katherine. I was stuck in perfectionism and fear of failure, and my loud inner judge was often in the driver’s seat.

After a lifetime of checking off boxes for other people, I longed to figure out what was true for me and develop the ability to trust myself and show up boldly.

Katherine provided the space, guidance, and kind yet firm accountability I needed to get clear about what is important to me and my next steps toward my vision.

From the beginning of our work together, she was dependable, organized, responsive, and constant wealth of knowledge and support. Her questions and observations always helped me unearth new insights. Having the consistent time to review my progress and celebrate helped so much.

Working with Katherine, I discovered that I have the power to choose—what I do, how I do it, and how I feel about myself and about my circumstances. I developed the courage to put myself out there and try things that I wouldn’t have tried in the past because I was afraid of disappointing myself.

I am now so much kinder to myself, and I comfort myself when I feel discomfort. I trust that I have the practices I need to support my vision for a long time to come.

-Oriana Falkowski – Coach

When I began my work as the director of a human services organization, it was fun, exciting, and challenging. As the program grew, the demands grew, and it felt like everything was always too much, too often, too many, or sometimes,even, too few. I knew that something had to change, and I began to think the only solution was to leave.

Katherine helped me create space in my life, my calendar, my thinking, and my physical environment. My desk is no longer a cluttered, crazy-making thing, my calendar has blocked off time for lunch and massage, and I even rescheduled a weekly staff meeting to take a qi gong class. I have a sense of expandedness that I don’t feel compelled to fill up.

My life has a better flow now. I feel more grounded, more relaxed, and sometimes I can even let things just whirl. There’s an ease to most days.

Sometimes, we need someone to give us permission to put ourselves back into the center of the equation in our own lives. Sometimes, we need a new pair of glasses, a new way of seeing ourselves and our work, someone to guide us in forming a new vision for ourselves. Katherine was this person for me, and I hope that she can be that person for you, too.

–Linda Sarage, Former Non-Profit Program Director

Before working with Katherine, I lacked clarity around what I wanted to focus on professionally.

I had trouble figuring out what my gifts were or how to access them.

I wasn’t sure a coach could help me, honestly, and I thought what I needed to discover would work itself out over time. Financially, I also wasn’t sure I could afford the work, but I took a leap of faith. Soon enough, though, the work with Katherine helped me gain clarity.

Even in the earliest stages of working with Katherine, I was able to focus on and articulate specific goals, not just professionally but personally. I was able to see where I created my own roadblocks and get out of my own way. I not only homed in on my greatest passion, but I started to create a plan for how to bring it into reality as a business.

I learned to trust my instincts, stop listening to my fierce inner critic, and create a message for my work that people will pay attention to.

I would without a doubt recommend Katherine to anyone wanting to get clear on what’s next and create a career aligned with their passions and gifts.

-Kelly Vogel, Educator

I was unsure about my next career steps, and I needed help making decisions that supported my wellbeing.

Katherine held space for open, vulnerable, and real sharing, and the regular reflections gave me the support I needed to shift tough long-term patterns into a new way of being.

During our work together, I started a new job, and I’m approaching it much differently than my previous work. I am now committed to honoring my body’s need for rest and taking breaks throughout the workday. I regularly get present, listen to what’s calling me in each moment, and make incremental shifts.

It’s now so much easier to live from my full body, not just in my head. As a result, I have more energy and can better discern what my needs are, moment by moment. I highly recommend Katherine’s coaching to anyone looking to overcome burnout, get clear around difficult decisions, and become the changemaker they’re called to be.

-Cori Hall – Higher Education Professional

Katherine was just what I was looking for without knowing what I was looking for. I appreciated her thoughtfulness, deep listening, and personalized approach. She helped me improve my communication skills, listen to my body, and gain focus and clarity in my decision-making so I could make decisions confidently and authentically. 

-Stephanie Slysz, Human Resources Manager & Planning Board Chair

When I first reached out to Katherine, I was building a private practice as a trauma healing practitioner and struggling to market myself consistently. I felt overwhelmed trying to figure out which tasks to prioritize, and I hoped that Katherine would provide accountability. It ended up being so much deeper than that.

We got to the heart of the inner dynamics that were inhibiting me from marketing myself consistently. It turns out, my inconsistency wasn’t laziness, but tied to deep-seated inner fears. With Katherine’s support, I was able to identify these fears and heal them. As someone who has done a lot of inner work, the depth of the healing I experienced over just six months of working with Katherine boggles my mind!

After years of feeling creatively stagnant, it’s like the dams have opened and my creative energy is flowing freely and abundantly. I feel energized about my mission, excited to share through my marketing, and confident that I can steer my business forward as it continues to grow and expand.

I enthusiastically recommend Katherine to anyone who feels blocked or unsure about which direction to move in next. Her holistic approach will help you get beyond superficial solutions to the heart of what’s holding you back. It’s deep work that will transform your work and your life.

-Elena Mamatas, Trauma Healing Practitioner

Before I met Katherine, I struggled with the “fear of getting started,” or what I called FOGS. Katherine taught me to calm my mind and choose my next step with wisdom. I rely on the practices she taught me to manage my workload without feeling overwhelmed and get started on things easily.

Coaching helped me to shift my role at work. Before, I was caught in the weeds doing technical work. Now, I am the point person for a strategic program to increase accessibility in online user experience. It’s fascinating work.

Whereas before, I wasn’t very communicative, I now communicate early, often, and well. Opening myself up to working with other people was key to my current success.

Once my work improved, it opened everything else up too, like family and friendships. It still fascinates me how working on one piece of my life ripples out in so many directions.

-Matt, IT Director

When I came to Katherine, I felt like I was carrying so much for so many people that I was about to crumble under the weight of the overwhelm. Deep down, I knew I needed to make big changes, but I felt guilty about letting people down. As a result, I experienced mood swings, and I never had time for much of anything that brought me joy.

It was a leap of faith to invest in working with Katherine, as I’d experiencing unfulfilling relationships with therapists before. I wasn’t sure if this would be different. But I knew that I needed to simplify and create the structure so that my work could feel sustainable and nourishing again, so I took the leap of faith. And, I’m so happy that I did.

Working with Katherine helped me learn to trust in myself, honor my needs, find my voice, and know that it’s okay to speak my truth. Katherine gave me the support and encouragement I needed to let go of a significant piece of my work, which was the right step at the right time. It is amazing how different I feel now. I’ve sighed a huge breath of relief. I’ve lifted a weight from my body, and I have a physical sense of freedom and openness in my being.

I now have space in my life to do things I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I know it sounds cliché, but six months after working with Katherine as my online coach, I feel like the world is my oyster, and I’m on the right path.

-Annique Sampson – Midwife

Before working with Katherine, I felt burned out after decades of work as a teacher, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the next phase of my life. I tried reading books to get clear about how to move forward, but I still felt uncertain. Working with Katherine did so many things for me:

Katherine normalized my struggles, encouraged me, and helped me believe that I deserve and could achieve a more satisfying life. Her intuitive, compassionate approach made me feel like I had a friend by my side through this process of change.

Working with Katherine was like peeling an onion. I got past the surface awareness to discover the more foundational dynamics holding me back. So many aha moments!

Six months later, I am better able to sense what is best for me, what aligns with my guiding principles and what ingredients I need for my life to be balanced, satisfying, and meaningful.

I plan to continue using many of the practices Katherine taught me regularly, especially when I need to discern and take next steps.

My work has taken a different direction than I expected but that feels so right for me—pursuing a path in disaster relief work. And I am even more pleased with the unexpected growth in my understanding of myself and my relationships.

I highly recommend working with Katherine to anyone who wants to more intentionally move through their life—people who are looking to change careers, feeling like they’re in a “midlife crisis,” re-entering the workforce after taking time off to raise kids or be caregivers. Anyone who wants to understand themselves better and figure out how to make a positive impact while taking care of themselves and feeling wholeness and joy would benefit from reaching out to Katherine.

-Domi Long, Disaster Relief Specialist

A year and a half into COVID, I was burned out and emotionally exhausted. I told Katherine that I needed someone else to be in charge for a while, so I was hiring her to be my boss.

Katherine helped me discern which items to prioritize and hold myself accountable for moving projects forward. I reorganized my schedule, revised my website and prices, set up a new accounting system, and developed new practices to regain and maintain my energy.

Katherine helped me recognize what was holding me back from taking care of myself, address deeper lifelong patterns that led to overworking, and recommit to a practice of self-compassion.

Less than six months after hiring Katherine, I no longer feel burned out. Instead, I’m in what feels like a whole new phase of my practice and am enjoying growing the non-work areas of my life. I can’t recommend Katherine’s work enough!

-Kathryn Cadwgan, Acupuncturist

Coaching with Katherine helped me reconnect with my intuitive side, develop self-appreciation, and get clear on my next steps in a moment of personal and professional transition.

Coaching also helped me become more aware of the things that trigger me and choose responses to those triggers that serve me in the long run. I feel more grounded, self-aware and energized to take on new challenges!

-Insiyah Bergeron – Sustainable Economic Development

I used to feel that I had to work harder to make things happen, but Katherine showed me that being present, pausing, taking a step back, and observing— rather than reflexively “doing” something— was transformational.

Learning to slow down and respond rather than react automatically allowed me to avoid panic during a crisis moment and choose the best path at each point along the journey. My work with Katherine gave me the space to imagine and trust that there could be something different that would be even better, as opposed to just slogging down the same trail pulling the weight behind me forever. And it was true!

My free time is now truly mine, and I am exploring areas of interest that bring me great joy and spending more time with friends and family.

As I set goals for myself over the last few years, the word “freedom” kept coming up. My goal was freedom, and now I have more freedom than I’ve ever had. My goal was to have ease, and I have more ease than ever before.

-Sue Keller, Dentist

As a recent college graduate, transitioning into the professional world was confusing and overwhelming. Coaching with Katherine helped me learn how I work best, what questions I should ask my supervisors to get my work done efficiently, and gave me honest feedback about the way I present myself.

Soon after working with Katherine, I got a promotion. I now have much more interesting work, a lot more responsibility, and a supervisor who communicates clearly and thinks through things the same way I do.

I still use a lot of the tools and strategies I learned with Katherine to formulate my schedule and routines, and as a result, working from home has become SO MUCH EASIER. That cannot be emphasized enough. It was a real struggle before I worked with Katherine, but I actually enjoy it now.

-Mariah Kurtz – Urban Planner

Katherine helped me learn to enjoy being in the driver’s seat while allowing life to show me the way. Our work together began with a desire to further myself professionally. And yet over time, we touched on many aspects of life.

I now feel clear and grounded about my next steps forward. By learning to relax, get quiet, and listen, I awakened to a purpose I could not have predicted. I feel energized and committed to this project in a way that I cannot remember feeling for a long time.

By going after my passion, I’m modeling leadership and bravery to my children. And because I’m now more fulfilled and tapped into what is meaningful for me, I feel a much greater connection with my family and an ability to be present when we’re together.

Katherine helped me to better organize, communicate, set goals, and develop authentic confidence. I now notice the subtleties that make all the difference in reaching my ideal effectiveness, creativity, availability, and satisfaction in my work.

Each session with Katherine gave me the strength to know myself more and embrace the fact that I’m the artist who creates my own path. It now feels natural for me to let the next step on my path to bubble up and to act with creativity, interest, excitement, joy, and fulfillment. I look forward to taking this new connection with my inner truth into other areas of my life and continuing to connect with what truly matters!

-Robin McKeon – Physical Therapist

Since my twenties, I’ve attended seminars about personal growth. None came close to working with Katherine. Her approach helped me develop a better mindset and a practical skill set for starting my own consultancy. She helped me identify and overcome habits that were no longer helpful and replace them with more productive and healthy behaviors.

Now, when facing a difficult choice or juggling too many tasks at once, I refer back to the goals Katherine helped me develop to prioritize and make the right decision. Now I journal daily, which helps me set my thoughts aside for reflection at my leisure. And when things get too intense, I pause and return my attention to my body and mind.

A few weeks before leaving my career of thirty-three years, I had consulting work lined up that was meaningful, lucrative, and within my wheelhouse. I credit Katherine with helping me make my new calling a reality, find more joy and balance in my life, and develop the tools to continue moving forward.

-Marc Natanagara, Educator

I’m the father of two kids under six-years-old, and I was one year into my new business when I decided to work with Katherine. I’d put together a solid business plan and had the numbers down cold, but I hadn’t planned for the stress of being a one-person show. I had a lot to learn about time management.

Katherine taught me tools to deal with the stress of being a business owner, such as how to set priorities and set up systems to keep track of all of my tasks. Just as importantly, she helped me learn to accept the fact that I’m not in complete control of everything but to focus on what I can control. After only a few short sessions, I was experiencing less stress and could focus more on finding new clients. Instead of trying to do everything at once, I now have a step-by-step process that feels manageable. Most importantly, I’ve learned that I can be successful in my business while also being true to myself and my clients.

The tools I learned allow me to manage my time better and focus on what’s most important. As an added benefit, reducing the stress at work has reduced the amount of stress I normally bring home. My family is experiencing the benefits, too.

-Shawn Wrisley – Business Consultant

I initially reached out to Katherine because I was a high-achieving workaholic with a very successful career and a young son and needed to figure out how to find some balance in my life. However, as I worked with Katherine, I gained so much more.

Not only have I achieved more work-life balance than ever, but I also gained the courage and self-confidence to let go of things that held me back from being my full self. I learned to listen to my intuition, quiet the inner critic, set healthy boundaries, and am creating space for what I’m most excited about—a budding new entrepreneurial career and a life aligned with my truest self.

–Amy, Leadership Consultant

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