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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.

Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed in your life or career?

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.

No matter how good things look on paper… 

Or how high you’ve risen on the corporate ladder…

Maybe you’re feeling tired, unmotivated, or like something’s missing.

For example…

Do you...

  • Feel trapped in your career or relationship like there’s no way out?

  • Try to be perfect and do everything right to avoid chaos, blame, judgement or failure?

  • Procrastinate or have trouble sticking to the things that light you up?

  • Feel ashamed as though no one would like you if they really got to know you?

  • Have a hard time trusting your own instincts, or trusting other people?

  • Fear rejection so don’t speak up in meetings or vocalize your needs in your relationships?

  • Feel burned out, overwhelmed or stressed out from balancing work and life?

  • Feel hypervigilant and are always looking out for the next thing that can go wrong?

  • Not believe you’re good enough to have or do what you want in your life?

  • Feel like you’re living on autopilot, and lack meaning, joy or direction?

    Maybe you can relate to a few of these.

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 truly value…
Prepare for roadblocks…
And create strategies that actually work for you.

So how do you start? By getting out of survival mode.

When the patterns and 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. 

Being in “survival mode” makes it difficult to…

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

Navigate conflict and discomfort in your work and relationships…

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

Hi, I'm Karoleen...

I’m a certified trauma informed coach and copywriter.

If what I’ve shared so far resonates with you, you’re in the right place. Your patterns, behaviors, and reactions have been your mind and body doing their job to keep you safe.

So even though you may not be feeling great about where you are right now, know that you made the best decisions you can, and it’s never too late for a change.

In my case, childhood physical and emotional trauma kept me in survival mode into my adult life. On the outside, I excelled in my corporate UI/UX design career for over a decade, but I didn’t feel right on the inside…

That’s because a life that’s built on survival is full of the wrong goals, burnout, apathy, and the endless need to escape.

I never thought I could have a life full of purpose and joy, but I figured out how to make that happen…

And I’ve created a process to walk you through so you can have the chance to do the same. You deserve it.

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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.

Hear from Mark

Mark chatted with me about his coaching experience and how working on his nervous system helped support him in his work at Apple.

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 you support.


Transition to a new role, job or career

Unknown waters can be scary to explore, but certainly are 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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Having trouble making a big decision?

One example of how survival mode can make life difficult is that it can keep you from making confident decisions.

Don’t waste another minute pacing back and forth in your head…

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