Kate James is an author, coach and speaker. She founded Total Balance in early 2002. She works with her clients to create clarity, confidence and calm.

Who Kate works with

Kate works with emerging and current female leaders and business owners who want to build confidence and clarity about their direction. You can read about her typical client here.

Corporate 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).

Her coaching style is supportive, insightful and practical

Kate is a low-key kind of coach. She’ll help you feel motivated but not in a high-fiving ‘ra-ra’ kind of way. Her approach is often described by clients as kind, intuitive, transformative, and sometimes even spiritual. She draws on philosophies from positive psychology, ACT, mindfulness, creativity, and neuropsychology. Some of the authors she enjoys are noted here.


How Kate can help you

Kate believes that everyone has a unique set of gifts. She will work with you to:

  • discover your unique strengths
  • identify your values
  • feel more confident and grounded
  • gain clarity about your direction
  • find your purpose
  • create your own version of a meaningful life.

She is passionate about sharing how positive psychology and the practical aspects of mindfulness can be used to help us live and work with greater awareness. For details about how Kate has helped other clients read a few case studies here.

In her personal life

Five years ago, Kate and her husband made a tree change to a small acreage on the Mornington Peninsula where they’re working to live more sustainably. When she’s not coaching, teaching or writing, Kate spends her time meditating, walking the local bush tracks, practising yoga, gardening, cooking, paddle boarding, reading or with her adult daughters and grandchildren, Oscar and Milla.

Kate’s top personal values are inner harmony, kindness and generosity, connection, freedom, creativity and simplicity.

Giving back

As well as caring for the natural environment and supporting organisations that value diversity and inclusion, Kate contributes time and a percentage of income to a range of not-for-profits that focus on the wellbeing of women and children. Read more about current causes here.

Kate’s work

In the press

Kate is often invited to speak in the press, on radio, on tv. You’ll find some examples of press here.

You can listen to Kate’s meditations online

Kate shares a mainstream form of meditation and mindfulness on the incredibly popular Insight Timer meditation app, home to over 24 million meditators around the world. Kate has had a daily meditation practice for the past 30 years.

Kate’s books

In 2014 Kate fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing her first book, Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love. Since then, she has written several other titles including Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life, Change How You Think and Be Happier Now and Create Calm  Two of her books were listed in the top-ten best-selling personal development books in 2017. Believe in Yourself and Be Mindful were released in the US.

Her latest title, Change Your Thinking to Change Your Life came out in January 2021 and her upcoming title, Quietly Confident is due to be published in early 2024.

Kate’s credentials

Kate has gathered more than 8,000 hours of career, business, leadership and personal coaching experience and many hours of meditation teaching over the past 20 years. She 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.

What people say about Kate James

Read what people say about Kate and her work here.

Still have questions?

If you still have questions about the way that Kate works, or about coaching in general, you might find the answers on our frequently asked questions page.

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