Kate James – LIFE & BUSINESS COACH

I’m an author, life, career and business coach, mindfulness teacher and speaker. I started my business, Total Balance in early 2002 and 17 years later, I’m lucky enough to still wake up every day 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. Read about some of the qualities of 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 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).

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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

Every day, I make time to do something I love (other than work). I meditate daily and exercise often. I walk, do yoga, write, take photos, garden, cook for my family and friends and hang out with Chris, my partner of over 30 years and our adult daughters. I love music, travel, good food, reading, learning and creating a beautiful home.

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 nearly 7 million meditators around the world. I’m a huge advocate of meditation and have been meditating daily for the past 26 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 will be released for sale in the US.

My credentials

I have gathered more than 6,000 hours of career, business and personal coaching experience and many hours of meditation teaching over the past 17 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 life and career 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.

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