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Kate James

I’m an author, coach, mindfulness teacher and speaker. I started my business, Total Balance in 2002 and almost 16 years later, I 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).

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 – it’s from this place that you discover a genuine sense of inner harmony. 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, grow my own herbs, 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 about anything new and spending time 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

  • Coaching: I offer one-on-one career, business, leadership and life coaching as well as intensive half-day discovery sessions.
  • Retreats: I run mindfulness retreats in Byron Bay and from early 2018, on the Mornington Peninsula.
  • Speaking: I run mindfulness workshops and keynotes for organisations.

Find out more about all of my offerings here.

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’m one of the meditation teachers on the incredibly popular Insight Timer meditation app, home to over 2 million meditators around the world. You can listen to my meditations there (for free!).

My books

In 2012 I fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing my first book, Believe in Yourself & Do What You Love. Since then, I’ve written two others, Be Mindful & Simplify Your Life and Change How You Think & Be Happier Now.

To date, over 80,000 copies have been sold.

My credentials

I have gathered more than 5,000 hours of career, business and personal coaching experience and many hours of meditation teaching over the past 16 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.

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Still have questions about career, business or personal 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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