Kate James is a career, life and business coach

I have many different roles in my life. I’m a career, business and life coach, author, mindfulness teacher, speaker as well as a wife, mother and grandmother. I started my business, Total Balance in early 2002 and 18 years later, I still wake up to a business and life that I love.

Who I work with

I work with clients from all walks of life. I’ve helped artists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and stay-at-home-mums. You can read about my typical client here.

Clients include The Body Shop, University of Melbourne,  Freehills, Middletons, Mallesons, Bolle, IBM, Aviva, Coles Myer, CSIRO, Macquarie Bank, ANZ, Clemenger, Ogilvy, Department of Transport, Department of Sustainability & Environment and Brotherhood of St Laurence (amongst many others).

My life coaching style is insightful and practical

I’m a low-key kind of coach. I’ll help you feel motivated but not in a high-fiving ‘ra-ra’ kind of way. My approach is often described by clients as intuitive, practical and sometimes even spiritual. 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).

Interested to work together? See if you’re a fit for the clients I generally work with.


How I help my clients

Mostly, I help people clarify what they want and believe in themselves enough to do what they love. I believe that everyone has a unique set of gifts to offer. I’m also passionate about teaching people to live more mindfully – when you’re grounded and calm, it’s easier to connect with your own version of a purposeful and meaningful life. For details about how I’ve helped other clients have a read of a few case studies here.

In my personal life

A few years ago, we made a tree change to a small acreage on the Mornington Peninsula. When I’m not working, I meditate, walk the local bush tracks, practise yoga at home, spend time in the garden, read, bake sourdough bread and make my own preserves. I live with Chris, my partner of over 30 years and we have two married daughters and a darling grandson, Oscar.

We have lots of dreams for our property. We’d love to be off the grid one day, we want to grow an abundant veggie patch, raise our own chooks and host long lunches with producers from around the region. My biggest personal challenge is finding time to do all of the things that I love.

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 charity.

What I offer

In the press

I am often invited to speak in the press, on radio, on tv and for business about mindfulness, meditation, career change and managing stress. You’ll find some examples of my press here and information about my speaking gigs here.

You can listen to my meditations online

I teach meditation and mindfulness to corporate and private groups and I’m one of the meditation teachers on the incredibly popular Insight Timer meditation app, home to over 9 million meditators around the world. I’m a huge advocate of meditation and have been meditating daily for the past 27 years. You can listen to my meditations on Insight Timer (for free!).

My books

In 2014 I fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing my first book, Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love. Since then, I’ve written Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life, Change How You Think and Be Happier Now and Build Resilience and Free Yourself from Fear.  To date, over 120,000 copies have been sold and in 2017, two of my books were listed in the top-ten best-selling personal development books for the year. My latest book is Create Calm – an antidote to anxiety and stress. In late 2019, Believe in Yourself was released for sale in the US.

My credentials

I have gathered more than 7,000 hours of career, business, leadership and personal coaching experience and many hours of meditation teaching over the past 18 years. I was one of the first Australian coaches to achieve PCC accreditation with the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 2005 and one of the early teachers of ‘mainstream’ meditation in Melbourne. Download my professional bio here.

What people say

Still have questions about career or life coaching?

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.

Interested to work together?

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