About Me

With over 25 years immersed in mindfulness-based programs, my coaching centers on the transformative power of self-compassion, mindfulness, and self-empowerment while applying my expertise in health, food therapy, grief, and end-of-life (explore trauma-informed nutrition with me onThe Intuitive Diabetic Podcast!).

Whether confronting challenges with body, stress, self-sabotage, or navigating grief, I champion the desired changes most important to you.  Together, we will equip you with the tools of awareness, permission, self-regulation, clarity, and empowered choice.

I welcome people of any race, ethnicity, creed, sex, sexuality, gender identity, age, body size, or physical or mental ability.

My Values

Heart-centered: I embrace the curiosity of an experienced coach offering approaches that generate deep understanding and compassion with each person I work with. I am dedicated to creating a safe, accepting space where you can find effective, meaningful strategies for positive daily habits and a fulfilling life.

Whole-person care: Taking a holistic view, I highlight the deep interplay between the emotional, social, and physiological well-being for each person I work with. I focus on changes that are not only impactful but also long-lasting. By integrating trauma-informed practices, I offer a comprehensive coaching experience, diving deep into the root cause of each challenge to bring about practical approaches for genuine transformation.

Personalization: Through my years of coaching and counseling, I have learned each individual’s journey is distinct. Drawing from a wealth of experience, my approach will be tailored to your unique experiences and aspirations, always aiming to empower you in areas that matter most. With me, you’re not just getting guidance; you gain a committed partner ready to support the actions that resonate most deeply with you.

Education, Expertise, and Empowerment: I equip you with practical tools and knowledge, empowering you to make sustainable changes.  It’s about more than just having and following a plan; it’s about mastering the skills and flexibility to adapt to life’s many scenarios.

Authenticity: I am genuine and avoid one-size-fits-all solutions or trendy quick fixes. I prioritize holistic well-being over superficial metrics, ensuring you build an improved relationship with yourself first. I am committed to lifelong learning, professional improvement, and trauma-informed care.

“Kathleen is the exact balance of warmth and competence I’ve needed to move the needle on my self-care.

I’ve joined her groups, classes, and have a tremendous respect for the skills she displays with each of us for accountability, support, skill building, and coaching on the spot.  She is a gem in a mine that stands out among many healthcare practitioners I have felt shame and fear interacting with over the years.

I cannot recommend Kathleen enough if you are struggling with your health, weight, or grief and loss.  She’s got you.  And her groups are so helpful too.”  – Jan C.

Bet you didn’t know this about Kathleen…

  1. I worked on a fish processing barge in Alaska when I was 19 years old.
  2. I won $500 in a talent contest in the 5th grade dancing and lip-syncing to the music from Grease.
  3. I’m one of the founders of the Zing nutrition bar.
  4. I foster animals and believe that is why my daughter is now studying to be a vet.
  5. I love to swim and ski in open fresh water lakes.

Affiliations and Credentials

  • Founder NutritionWorks Nutrition Consulting and Coaching with Kathleen
  • Co-Host “A Different Kind of Doula”, Win Win Women
  • Co-Founder Gentle Passage Doula Collective Training Program
  • Commencement Speaker, Bastyr University 2021
  • Registered and Certified WA state Dietitian
  • Certified Grief and End of Life and Life Coach
  • Mindfulness Mentorship, In Training with T. Brach and J. Kornfield
  • Adjunct Faculty, Shoreline Community College
  • Certified End of Life Doula and Trainer, Gentle Passage Doula Collective
  • Certified Wellness Coach, Wellness Coaching
  • Certified Parent Coach
  • Life-long member of the Academy of Nutrition

Past Affiliations:

  • Bastyr Nutrition Clinic Supervisor
  • Nutrigenomics Coach and Coach Mentor
  • SPU Instructor and Nutrition Counselor
  • Dean Ornish Program Trainer
  • Certified Emotional Brain Training Provider
  • Certified Shapedown Skills Provider