For years, I didn't have a clear understanding of what coaching was—or could be. Sure, I'd heard of life coaches and wellness coaches, but I didn't have experience with the shifts possible when working with a trained, professional coach to develop people as authentic, creative, evolving individuals. Whether you're hoping to make a big change in your career, grow leadership skills, resolve challenging work dynamics, leverage strengths, break down barriers, align your personal and professional missions and visions, or recalibrate during times of loss or transition, coaching is a powerful approach.
I first experienced the power of coaching when my partner engaged a coach after transitioning into a new CEO role. I listened as they described the powerful questions explored during coaching sessions—and the experiments they designed to uncover possibilities and challenge assumptions.
I watched their leadership skills strengthen and new insights emerge. Before long, a vision for the future and the path to get there became clear. It was, in a word, transformative. I was immediately captivated and began to explore what it takes to become a truly great coach.
The Coaching Process
I quickly discovered that the best coaching happens through asking powerful questions. While I admit I don't have all the answers, I do have really good questions to help you discover the answers you need. With a BA and an MS in Psychology and a career focussed on evaluation and outcomes measurement (not to mention a love of detective novels!), questions are core to who I am and how I think.
In coaching, the questions I ask position you—the client—at the center. And that's exactly where you should be; you are the expert on you. I believe each one of my clients is incredibly capable and inherently resourceful. When you are at the center of your own growth and development, the changes you make are far more meaningful and, as a result, sustainable.
Partnering with a skilled, certified coach can provide the dedicated, confidential space many of us need to purposefully consider and craft a plan of action. Coaches also act as a mirror, reflecting your strengths, insights, and barriers—and sharpening your clarity and focus.
The coaching alliance is all about transformation—getting you to the place you really want to be as the authentic, inspired, courageous person you truly are. My job is to facilitate that change and help you stay the course.
Coaching begins with a conversation (book one here) to explore what your aspirational future might look like. A refined clarity is essential to ensure you have a north star to guide you along the way. We will develop a coaching plan together so that we share a roadmap, including how to leverage your strengths, anticipate potential obstacles, build practices to support your journey, and track milestones along the way. How each coaching session unfolds largely depends on the plan we co-develop and what experiments and learning unfolds between sessions.
My coaching training was completed at the Hudson Institute (Santa Barbara, CA), a comprehensive, year-long program including theory, experiential learning, practice, skill-building, and mentoring by master coaches. Hudson's model prioritizes a holistic and developmental approach. What that means in practice is that I focus on the whole person—the unique, fascinating, possibility-filled individual that only you are—at work, at play, and in relationship with others. It also means we work together to adjust and update your coaching plan as needed to account for any changes and insights that show up along your coaching journey. I currently hold an Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coaching Federation.
More About Kate
Hudson Institute (2018)
ICF Associate Certified Coach (2019)
ICF Professional Certified Coach (2020, 2023)
New York University (Gallatin School)
BA Psychology & Criminology (2000)
University of Liverpool
MS Investigative (Criminal) Psychology (2001)
Pronouns: they/them/theirs & she/her/hers
Lives in San Marcos, CA (just north of San Diego)
Dogs: Dio (short for Diotima)
Loves: writing fiction, reading thrillers, seeing live music, and supping on bourbon
Deep commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and ending mass incarceration