Kate’s life coaching sessions are about helping you to discover the clarity and confidence to pursue a career and life that you genuinely love.

How does it work?

We begin with either a single session to clarify your most important personal and professional goals and to identify the limiting-beliefs to overcome. You’ll leave this session with some action steps and feeling motivated and inspired. Most clients find it helpful to book a follow-up appointment to feel supported and accountable – but we’re flexible and don’t lock you into contracts or timeframes.

Life coaching can help you to:

  • Increase your confidence and self-belief.
  • Create a vision for a life you will love.
  • Understand your unique values and strengths.
  • Overcome your self-limiting beliefs.
  • Improve your relationships.
  • Manage stress more effectively and develop a greater sense of inner calm.
  • Improve your health and wellbeing.
  • Understand the importance of self-care and prioritising time for yourself.
  • Create a healthy relationship with money.
  • Discover new creative interests (even if you don’t feel particularly creative).

Who do you work with?

Kate offers in-person coaching in Melbourne but works with clients from all over Australia. The people who are most drawn to Kate’s work are those who know how to fit into mainstream culture, but sometimes feel that there’s something missing in the traditional version of success. You can read more about her ideal client here.

How is Kate different from other life coaches?

Kate specialises in working with introverts, perfectionists and those who feel a sense of ‘imposter syndrome’. Her clients describe her coaching style as intuitive, insightful, empathic, kind and supportive.

Is online coaching or in-person best?

Online coaching really is as effective as an in-person session. In some cases, it’s actually a better model for coaching. It’s time-efficient and very personal. If you’re still in doubt, give it a try. You might be surprised.  If you’re interstate and keen to visit for an in-person session, we can recommend local accommodation options when you make your booking.


60-minute session: $260
90-minute session: $350

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What’s your background?

Before starting Total Balance in 2002, Kate spent over a decade working as a business manager for film-makers, architects and designers. She studied coaching with one of the first international coaching schools and was one of the first coaches in Australia to achieve a PCC accreditation with International Coach Federation. She’s committed to ongoing personal and professional development including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindful Self-Compassion (Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer) and Internal Family Systems amongst other things.

I’m not sure if I start with a half-day session or a one-hour session. What would you recommend?

The content of both sessions is much the same but the half-day session is a deep-dive intensive. It’s different in the sense that you’ll get to the heart of things in a single day. After that, you’re welcome to book a series of single sessions if you need extra support. An ongoing coaching program will be a better option for you if you need accountability to help you stay on track.

I’m not that interested in mindfulness. Does that mean you’re wrong for me?

Not at all. Not everyone we see is interested in mindfulness. Being mindful is really just another way of saying being present, curious, self-aware and non-judgmental. If those qualities appeal, you’ll enjoy working with us.

Contact us for a copy of our brochure with more info, check out our frequently asked questions or find out more about Kate James and the clients she usually works with.  Coaching is generally tax deductible. Please check with your accountant. 

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What our coaching clients say

‘I have held mixed feelings around life coaching in general, as I am a gentle person who does not identify with the ‘ra-ra’ hype associated with some forms of coaching, but I knew I was keen to explore some ideas with depth and felt Kate’s approach and insight would be the right fit for me.

I would highly recommend Kate to anyone interested in gaining perspective at a deeper level, but also needing the practical tips to follow through on goals and ideas.’ Louise, Melbourne

‘It has been a privilege and joy to have had  Kate James as my personal coach. It has helped me to articulate a vision for my life that is truly meaningful to me and has given me the tools and guidance to move towards it. Kate is calm, kind and compassionate and her advice has helped me turn a difficult corner in life that I could not see my own way around. Thank you Kate.’ Caroline Cull

‘My work with Kate has brought home the importance of knowing what I value in life, and of working out how I can live accordingly, at work and at home. Kate’s keen perception meant that I felt understood. And her experience with many clients helped me to realise that many people feel like me, and that I am part of a valuable sector of society. This realisation has given me more confidence in myself, and a sense of optimism about the future that I was lacking before. Thanks for your professionalism and humanity, Kate.’ TJ, Melbourne

‘I have been working with Kate for approximately six months and I cannot put into words what an inspiration and impact Kate has had on my life, decisions and outlook in general. I have been going through some very major changes in my personal life and my career, and the guidance I have received from Kate has given me the courage and insight to make the best decisions I could make. Kate is very encouraging and she has reinforced my confidence in the choices I’ve made and enabled me to trust my intuition. Kate has a very positive, unique and gentle approach and her outlook is very refreshing. The coaching was motivating, enabling me to focus on my future goals and put in place actions to achieve these goals and continually monitor my progress. I recommend Kate as a life coach to anyone who is ready to take the challenge, follow their heart, live their dream and succeed.’ RF, Melbourne