Coaching with Katie

THe Basics

I offer coaching sessions to learn to practice mindfulness in daily life in order to see more clearly and live more intentionally: to know yourself more fully and treat yourself with kindness, in service of greater wellbeing. What exactly we focus on depends on you and your experience and desires.

We start with a 30-minute free consultation to chat and see if coaching with me is a good fit, if so, we schedule 4, 6, or 8 weekly or bi-weekly sessions, either by phone, Facetime, or in person in Pacific Grove, California.

 

What kinds of topics can be addressed in coaching?

The approach, content, and intention of the coaching programs will vary with each person, because YOU are unique! Do any of these sound like you?

  • "I keep hearing about mindfulness and meditation, but I don’t know where to start, and I'm wondering if it would actually be useful for me."

  • "I struggle with stress, worry, and anxiety. I'm looking for help in dealing with these feelings because they're having a negative effect on me."

  • "I feel like I'm stuck in the same old habits that aren't so healthy, and I need help out of my rut."

  • "A lot of the time, I feel kind of bad about myself. I worry a lot about pleasing other people, and often it makes me unhappy."

  • "Life feels scary right now because of a new job/a recent loss/an upcoming change. How do I face this with courage?"

"I'm so grateful to have discovered Katie! I was looking to initiate a mindfulness meditation practice in the lead up to giving birth, and worked with her over a period of 8 weeks, with 45-minute check-ins every other week.

Before every call, I'd gather a few questions and notes from my practice, but still wondered if we'd have enough to talk about. And every call, she would surprise me with insights, possibilities, and new ways to approach my practice in preparation for birth.

She's an EXCELLENT listener, very patient, has access to an abundance of resources to recommend (both her own and those of others), and tailored the sessions to fit my needs.

I *highly* recommend Katie to everyone looking to initiate or deepen their meditation practice, or introduce greater mindfulness into their lives."

— S.L., former client

Katie, what do you love to talk about?

  • Mindfulness & Meditation: How we wake up to our lives and shift perspective

  • Self-Compassion: Letting go of judgement and shame, and being ever-so-kind to ourselves

  • Building habits and creating your own practices that serve your wellbeing

  • Working with anxiety, stress, overwhelm, fear, and uncertainty

  • Showing up fully in the world, taking up space, setting boundaries, and being your authentic self

  • Caring for yourself and your needs, especially as an introvert and/or Highly Sensitive Person

How does it work?

You can contact me using the form at the bottom of this page, and we'll set up a time to chat via Skype or FaceTime (or in person, if possible). The first call is FREE, and will last about 30 minutes. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other a bit, and for us to explore and define what you're seeking, to set the intention and focus of our time together. Then you can choose to commit to 4, 6, or 8 regular sessions. These calls will last 45 minutes, and we'll schedule them every week or two, depending on your needs. Over the course of these sessions, I’ll offer...

  • A listening ear

  • A mirror: reflection about what I'm hearing from you

  • Humor. Life is funny and we humans are pretty funny. We’ll talk about serious things, and we can be light, too.

  • Hope. I know that change is possible, little by little, and I’ll hold that hope even when you may be feeling doubtful.

  • Empathy, compassion, and inspiration. Anxiety, overwhelm, fear, and self-doubt are so familiar to me because I work with them in my own life daily. It isn’t just you, it’s me too… and this shared experience can be a source of comfort and strength. We’re in this together.

  • Respect for you and your unique journey.

  • Ideas and resources for at-home daily mindfulness practice and reflective writing

  • Short guided meditations and reflections specifically designed for you

  • Encouragement and support for the changes you experience

 

What do you bring to this & what's your approach to coaching?

I bring sensitivity, empathy, compassion, and a wish to serve. I also bring my self and my history, which includes grief, career change, and experience in working with my own anxiety, people-pleasing, and self-judgement. I’ve come a long way, and I am still in the midst of my own journey… in other words, I’m practicing what I’m teaching. I believe that offering my own vulnerability and authenticity in coaching and teaching can help normalize emotions and thoughts that can feel so isolating.

I have experience in teaching mindfulness to children, adolescents, and adults, and I know that while each person is different, there is so much that we share. I am a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and I’ve spent my adult life as a teacher. Some of my best tools are curiosity, openness, positivity, flexibility.

In my own life, one of my main desires is to see clearly in service of growth, even when growth feels painful. Meditation, mindfulness, and reflection are ways of being more awake and aware in each moment. As a coach, I am not looking to give a bunch of advice, to rescue you, to tell you what to do, or to prescribe some type of "action plan to meet your goals." My role is to help you to uncover more about yourself, to assist in developing your awareness and self-compassion, and to provide guidance and resources from my training and experience. (Read testimonials about my coaching and teaching.)

 
 
 
 

What kinds of results can I expect?

This is a question which doesn't exactly have an answer. :) A lot depends on what your intention is, how much time and attention you are willing and able to give to this process, and how ready you are for inner exploration. In addition, we as humans are so dynamic that we can't even begin to predict what will happen within and around us when we start to behave and react in new and different ways. You can expect, though, that if you put in time and energy, you will experience growth and transformation as a surprising gradual unfolding.

 

How much does it cost?

My rates for coaching are on a sliding scale. If you pay at the highest level that you can afford, you'll enable me to provide coaching to others who need to pay less.

  • Initial call/meeting: FREE (This gives you have the opportunity to see if this is a good fit for you.)

  • Four 50-minute sessions: $450 - $300

  • Six 50-minute sessions: $575 - $425

  • Eight 50-minute sessions: $700 - $550

(After the package of sessions is completed, if you'd like to continue working together and/or address a new issue, you're welcome to register for more sessions.)

 

How can I start?

Glad you asked! ;) You can fill out the form below, and I'll contact you shortly to set up our initial session. I look forward to working with you!

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