About Kate James
It wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I started to learn about my values, my strengths and my life purpose. In 2002, with the support of a great coach, I felt confident to pursue my ideal career which was the beginning of Total Balance.
Who I work with
My clients are people who feel like I did back then. Many are introverts, some say they suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’, all are creative (even if they haven’t discovered how to express that yet) and all care about living with purpose.
My coaching style is insightful and practical
I’m a low-key kind of coach. I’ll help you get motivated but not in a high-fiving ‘ra-ra’ kind of way. My approach is often described by clients as intuitive, insightful and sometimes even spiritual but I believe in bringing all of these concepts together to create practical, workable action steps that will have a genuine impact in your life.
The work I value is in the fields of mindfulness, Positive Psychology, ACT, creativity, authenticity and neuropsychology (some of the authors I love are noted here).
Have a read of a few case studies to find out how I’ve helped other clients.
I help people believe in themselves. I believe that everyone is creative and has a unique set of gifts to offer the world. I’m also passionate about teaching people to live more mindfully – it’s from this place that you discover a genuine sense of inner harmony.
It’s also important to me to make a difference in a more significant way by contributing my time and a percentage of income to causes I care about.
When I’m not working
I make time to do something I love (other than work) every day. I meditate daily and exercise often. I love walking, yoga, writing, taking photos, growing my own herbs, cooking for my family and friends, reading and hanging out with Chris, my partner of 30 years and our adult daughters.
I’ve gathered more than 4,500 hours of coaching experience over the past 14 years and have been meditating for over 20. I am often invited to speak in the press, on radio, on tv and for business about creativity, balance, meditation, mindfulness and stress. You’ll find some examples of my press here and information about my speaking gigs here.
I was one of the first Australian coaches to achieve PCC accreditation with the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 2005. Download my professional bio here.
I’ve spoken at conferences for The Body Shop, Serious Women’s Business and Flying Solo amongst others. Clients include Origin Energy, University of Melbourne, Latrobe University, RMIT, Sensis, Freehills, Middletons, Mallesons, Phillips Fox, Bolle, IBM, Aviva, Coles Myer, Tabcorp, CSIRO, Linfox, Toyota, Cadbury Schweppes, Urbis, Macquarie Bank, ANZ, NAB, Bank West, Clemenger, CHE, George Patts, Ogilvy, BWM, Village Roadshow, Department of Transport, Department of Human Services, Department of Sustainability & Environment, Department of Justice, Financial Ombudsman Service, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Whitelion and Kids Under Cover.
What clients say
‘I first met with Kate when I was at a real career crossroads. Kate helped me to nut out my values and aspirations, recognise my natural talents and then identify opportunities and pathways for me to put that all together so that I could actually make stuff happen. I love the way that Kate was able to calmly and pragmatically break things down to the basics. Put simply, working with Kate helped me to get clear – which has been nothing short of life changing.’ Leanne Clancey, Food & Travel Writer
‘I absolutely adore Kate. She is a highly skilled, generous and enormously gifted business coach, especially for those who don’t traditionally consider themselves “business people”. I discovered her through sheer luck (thanks Google), and I remain sincerely grateful for the counsel she offered me back in 2010 when I was first fleshing out the bones for what would become Big Hearted Business. Thanks Kate!’
Still have questions?
If you still have questions about the way that I work, or about coaching in general, you might find the answers on our frequently asked questions page.