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Coaching for professionals & leaders who want to stop procrastinating, quit feeling burned out, and navigate a life and career path they deeply desire.

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A big challenge with trauma is that it can make you feel stuck or overwhelmed.

Feeling stuck or overwhelmed is a common human experience, and I want you to know you’re not alone.

If you grew up in a chaotic home…
if the adults around you were inconsistent in their care for you…
or if you experienced harmful abuse or neglect…
it makes sense if unhealed trauma has made it difficult for you to navigate your daily life as an adult.

Challenging experiences from your past can bring you into “survival mode”

Which can make it difficult for you to:

• Have a clear sense of purpose or direction in your life or career…

• Navigate conflict and discomfort in your work and relationships…

• Or take action toward your goals without burning out or shutting down.

You may be in survival mode if...

  • You feel trapped in your career or relationship with no way out.

  • You try to be perfect and do everything right to avoid chaos, blame, judgement or failure.

  • You procrastinate or have trouble sticking to the things that light you up.

  • You feel ashamed as though no one would like you if they really got to know you.

  • You have a hard time trusting your own instincts, or trusting other people.

  • You fear rejection so don’t speak up in meetings or vocalize your needs in your relationships.

  • You feel burned out, overwhelmed and stressed out from balancing work and life.

  • You feel hypervigilant and are always looking out for the next thing that can go wrong.

  • You don’t believe you’re good enough to have or do what you want in your life.

  • You feel like you’re living on autopilot, and lack meaning, joy or direction.

But imagine what your life would be like if you could...

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…Wake up and feel refreshed and excited?

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Be your full self in your family, community and relationships?

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…And do meaningful work where you can use your gifts?

Together, we can figure out what you actually want…
Prepare for roadblocks…
And get you going on the your real life path.

So how do you start? By showing the parts of you that are afraid, ashamed, or hurt that it’s safe now.

When the beliefs that kept you safe in the past show up in the present, they could cause you to put up with work that doesn’t inspire you, and relationships that don’t nourish you. What feels true can also feel dangerous, so you may often stick with what’s familiar, even if there’s something else out there you truly want.

Hi, I'm Karoleen.

I’m a certified trauma informed coach, self-employed copywriter, and survivor of childhood physical and emotional trauma.

If what I’ve shared so far resonates with you, I want you to know that there is nothing wrong with you. Your patterns, behaviors, and reactions have been your mind and body doing their job, so however you’ve learned to survive makes complete sense. I’m glad you’re here.

Through years of healing and self-development, I’ve been able to create a career, relationship and life filled with purpose and joy that I didn’t think was possible.

Noticing how my 15-year corporate career and personal relationships were being affected by events from my past, I was inspired to help others create the change needed to live a more empowered and confident life.

My hope is to be a partner for you on your own journey, while offering a judgement-free space, so that you could have the chance to do the same.

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A few words from my clients

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When you live the purpose you define, you inspire others around you, and the world becomes better because you’re living the life you actually want to live.

So, what can we do together?

Get crystal clear on your purpose for your life and career

Feeling lost or tired of what you’ve been doing for years?

It’s time to stop living life without a map.

Together, we can design your life with the right combo of intuition and strategy.

No more shooting in the dark.

You’ll finally learn how to make everything you think and do lead to your ideal life.

Manage burnout or procrastination at work

Feeling overwhelmed or stuck? Got a giant to-do list but can’t manage it, or even start?

I know the feeling. I worked a corporate career in UI/UX design for over a decade, most recently as an Associate Director for one of the biggest consulting firms in the world.

Designing the unique things you can do in and around you to get unstuck can change the way you live and work forever.

Become a better, stronger leader in your role

The best teams have the best leaders.

The best leaders are collaborative, empathetic, regulated AND get the job done.

From public speaking to negotiating…

Time management to conflict resolution…

We can craft what it takes for YOU to be your best as a leader for the teams who rely on you.


Transition to a new role, job or career

Maybe you were laid off, or you just need something new.

Unknown waters can be scary to explore, but certainly is an adventure.

I’ve worn many hats in my career… following the flow of what moves me AND what the world needs.

From creating websites in boutique agencies… to designing and researching software for buzzing NYC startups…

And now copywriting and coaching to support mission-driven businesses and individuals…

Learning to be resourceful and courageous has helped me create an exciting “portfolio career”.

You can do the same.

Go from full-time work to starting your own business

Curious about breaking out on your own?

I can relate to the big jump from full-time work to freelancing to building a business that fuels my creativity and passions.

Today, I get to help others while living around the world, and I want to help you create that freedom too.

Together we can identify what you want to bring to the table…

Design your business around your values…

And help you take the right action steps to build something that truly aligns with you.

Create habits and systems you'll actually stick to

So much of coaching is about helping people get what they want.

But what happens after you get it?

How do you keep it going?

This is where a lot of coaching falls short.

With trauma-informed coaching that focuses on the body and nervous system regulation…

I’ll help you develop YOUR unique habits and systems…

So you can continue being productive, focused and joyful…

Even when the scary challenges of working on your dreams show up.

You’ll be ready.

Get out of survival mode

I work 1:1 with clients for 12 weeks at a time. Whether you’re working toward a promotion, navigating your relationships, or jumping into entrepreneurship, we can work together to remove your blocks and move forward.

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