Kate James is a life, business and leadership coach

Kate is a life, business and leadership coach, author, mindfulness teacher and speaker. She founded Total Balance in early 2002.

Who Kate works with

Kate works with clients from all walks of life. She has helped artists, lawyers, yoga teachers, entrepreneurs, spiritual healers, CEOs and stay-at-home-mums. 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 life coaching style is 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 intuitive, practical and sometimes even spiritual. She draws on philosophies from mindfulness, positive psychology, ACT, creativity and neuropsychology. Some of the authors she enjoys are noted here.


How Kate helps her clients

Kate believes that everyone has a unique set of gifts. She will work with you to discover your personal strengths, to identify your values and to define your version of a meaningful life. She is passionate about teaching people to live more mindfully – when you’re grounded, calm and self-aware, it’s easier to connect with your sense of purpose. For details about how Kate has helped other clients read of a few case studies here.

In her personal life

A few 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, family happiness, creativity, simplicity and connection.

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 and for business about mindfulness, meditation, how to live a purposeful life and creating balance in life. You’ll find some examples of press here.

You can listen to Kate’s meditations online

Kate teaches a mainstream form of meditation and mindfulness to corporate and private groups and she is one of the meditation teachers on the incredibly popular Insight Timer meditation app, home to over 18 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  To date, over 130,000 copies have been sold and in 2017, two of her books were listed in the top-ten best-selling personal development books for the year. Believe in Yourself was released for sale in the United States and Be Mindful will be released in the US early in 2021.

Her latest title, Change Your Thinking to Change Your Life was released in January 2021.

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 19 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

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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