Hi, I'm Katie.
I believe that we all can feel less suffering and more contentment. Most of the time, when we feel stuck or lost or frustrated or just "not quite right," there's a blind spot we're not seeing, or an opportunity to develop some skills that would help us thrive more in our own lives.
That's where coaching can be an extremely powerful resource.
I'm deeply committed to coaching because working with a coach changed my life for the better. Sure, we can "push through" or figure out many things on our own, but it is much easier with help.
Is coaching right for you?
While therapists often work with folks with serious psychological disorders, coaches specialize in working with people who mostly "have it together" in their lives — mostly paying their bills, honoring their life commitments, etc. — but who still feel like something is "off."
This distinction is important. Everything in your life doesn't have to be horrible, but you could be feeling a yearning for something different, or a sinking sense that something isn't right.
What's "off" could take many different forms:
- You feel stuck — dissatisfied or just not right in your life — and you aren't exactly sure why. Or maybe you know exactly why...but you aren't sure what to do about it!
- You are feeling overwhelmed by your life, relationships, or commitments.
- You feel like your life "should" be pretty good, but somehow you feel sad, frustrated, or anxious.
- You know that you need to take a next step in your personal or professional life, but aren't exactly sure how to do it.
- You're having some big or recurrent emotions, thoughts, or even physical sensations — and you aren't quite sure what to do with them.
- You can tell that there are certain personal skills that you need to develop, but you aren't sure how to go about it. Those skills could include: communicating in a way that helps you get your needs met or to makes others feel more heard, listening and acting on your thoughts, emotions, or intuition better, not procrastinating or hiding from major issues in your life, and more.
Tell me more about coaching.
My coaching is focused on the idea that adult development matters. Many of us think that we're "done" developing once we hit our twenties, but nothing could be further from the truth. As we face new opportunities and difficulties in our personal and professional lives, we need to continue growing and learning.
My coaching focuses on helping people develop, so they can better handle and thrive within their own lives.
My approach is an integral one. That means that no matter what you are struggling with, I am interested in you as a whole person. If you are struggling with a specific problem at work, for example, we will likely also discuss your relationships in general, your environment, your self-care habits, your sources of anxiety and pleasure, and more.
Coaching also requires engagement from you. In addition to our sessions together, you'll be asked to spend some time each week reading, reflecting, or taking on some new actions. This work is essential and is another way in which coaching can be different and, depending on the person, more potent than therapy. When you take action each day or each week, you are more likely to notice larger shifts.
I never expected to become a coach. I worked in the corporate world as a management consultant and at a tech start-up.
But even though I was pretty "together" in my life and felt happy a lot of the time, there were a lot of things that just didn't feel quite right. I started doing some self-reflection on my own, and realized that there were a lot of things that weren't working about my life — my relationships, my work, where I lived, and especially how I ate. I made some progress on my own, but it was working with a coach that really changed the way I thought about and acted in my life.
One of my favorite things is helping people understand themselves better while becoming more deep, strong, and authentic in the world.
I believe that most of us won't have a life path that is 100% linear — which can be a challenge for those of us who want safety and certainty. Support in finding our way through the windy path of life can be another way that coaching can be useful.
My professional credentials
I'm a certified coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), the only independent licensing organization for coaches. I completed my coach training and Integral Coach certification with New Ventures West, one of the oldest coaching schools in the profession.
My undergraduate degree is from Princeton University, Magna Cum Laude.
Work with me
I work with individual clients around the world over Skype. I also take on in-person clients in the Los Angeles/Glendale area. If you'd like to work with me, please fill out this form! I'd love to hear from you.
While I love to work with clients on a range of life issues, I also do some work specifically for people who are frustrated with their eating + weight through the Dessert Club.