MiMi Dabo | Washington, DC
I tell everybody this: It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. And I love my daughter, and that’s the best that happened to me, but life coaching is even better. Trust me.
Before I started coaching, I was very resistant to the idea that I was going to be responsible for making my own changes because in my head, I rely on God to guide me through all of the decisions I make. If all of a sudden I am so confident and powerful, then I’m not going to need God, and I really don’t want to have that kind of dichotomy in my life. I really don’t need that kind of struggle. I can’t do that.
It just so happened that I prayed about it, and every time I had a coaching session with Cat, everything she said was something my pastor had been saying to me for like the last 20 years, it’s something I’ve been reading in the Bible for the last 40 years, and it suddenly just makes sense. All of a sudden everything I’d been trying to read about and pray about clicked in that session. I would tell Cat, “I’ve heard this from my pastor and he said ‘such and such’ and you just said it this way, and now it completely makes sense! I get it and my faith is completing working right now, and I get it, I get it, I get, it! This is what I’m supposed to be doing!”
So, it was the opposite of what I thought. I thought going there is kind of going to make me feel like, “I’m powerful, I don’t need God, I don’t need anything.” I came out of it the opposite. I’m more dependent on God, my faith is stronger, I don’t rely on myself but I trust myself knowing that he is working in me to give me all I need to be what I am supposed to be.
It’s completely seamless, it’s amazing, it’s wonderful.
It all came together, and I just thought, “Six months of my life and I get all of that, and I just spent the last 40 years chasing that information.” I can’t understand how that happened, but I love it. It’s powerful, it’s transformative, and it’s the best thing that one is ever going to do. Nobody needs a life coach, but everyone should try one. That’s the way I look at it.
Alex Milewski | Denver, CO
Our first conversation gave me a strong belief that she would be a very valuable ally as I embarked on my journey as a career dancer.
When I decided to hire a coach, I talked to 5 different coaches but then came upon one—Catherine Wood—who really challenged me with the things she said, the questions she asked, and the way she was. Our first conversation gave me a strong belief that she would be a very valuable ally as I embarked on my journey as a career dancer.
When I went into coaching, I was kind of expecting someone that would challenge all of the decisions that I made and tell me what I should and shouldn’t do. But anyone who knows anything about coaching knows that’s totally not it. My expectation was off, but it turned out to be a lot more helpful than I thought it would be because coaching is all about you (me). I already have everything I need and I just have to manifest that and embody that and believe in myself, and learning that was super important for me.
Being able to believe that you have something to offer and that you’re valuable, that’s where so many people get stuck because you look at everyone else who is already a success and think you’re not good enough. But you can’t compare yourself to professionals as a beginner. We all had to start somewhere, and if you never start then it’s not going to happen. I think coaching helps you get there, and that is really important.
One of the most powerful things I learned during coaching with Cat is that you can’t choose from fear. You must choose from commitment. You have to go much deeper than the words—you must learn how to internalize it and then actually state out loud what choosing from commitment means to you.
Skyler | Washington, DC
I highly recommend Catherine!
I highly recommend Catherine as a coach and encourage anyone that’s not living a life they love to speak with her.
I started working with Cat during the summer of 2015 because I had noticed that I wasn’t very comfortable asking people for things. In fact I hated asking people for anything, regardless of the context or relationship, which was hurting my business! After all if you want to do business you have to ask for it. Furthermore you have to put a price on your value, which I was also struggling with!
While working together we have had so many valuable discussions on a range of topics, including many things that I was never aware of but impacted by all of the time. These subjects ranged from discussions regarding confidence and anxiety, to how I approach my life and the lenses through which I see it. For example, we uncovered that I often approach things in a performance context, which can be incredibly negative and self-deprecating, even though I would never, ever treat another person like that. I’m extremely optimistic, so this was a huge surprise to me. Once I was aware of it however, it was shocking how often and how severely I criticized myself. After all, if I would never treat a friend or child or stranger with such harsh thoughts or actions, why would I ever treat myself like that? And yet I’ve been doing it for a very long time without ever realizing it.
Cat has been helping me acknowledge this behavior as well many others, then practice the things that I should be doing so that I’m at my best and truly enjoying each day. As someone that doesn’t want my life to go by without loving it, this is crucial and powerful for me. Knowing this, I highly recommend Catherine as a coach and encourage anyone that’s not living a life they love to speak with her.
Olivia | Berlin, Germany
Cat has really helped me rediscover the joy in my work; she’s transformed the way I relate to it, and to myself.
Laura Kline-Taylor | NYC
I took on a leadership role on my team at work and I’ve since requested (and received!) an important promotion.
It was a pure joy to partner with Catherine for 9 months! I found such inspiration in the collaborative relationship we cultivated and I was able to attain (rather than entertain) some of my long-standing goals and dreams.
With Catherine I started to truly believe that I am worthy of my dreams, that “some day” can be “this morning” or “next Tuesday” and that it is possible for me to have it all. This gift of self-worth gave way to opportunities for me that I might have missed without Catherine’s intuitive coaching.
Catherine coached me as I took on a leadership role on my team at work and I’ve since requested (and received!) an important promotion. I incorporated weight lifting and race training into my daily life and am now working towards new goals of running a 10k and competing on stage. I now lead a lifestyle that has room for both my full-time career and ambitious fitness goals. My friendships and family relationships are more honest and richer than they’ve been in a long time, and my marriage is thriving!
While I celebrate big tangible wins like these, in 9 months with coach Catherine, I also strengthened mental and emotional muscles, more firmly rooted my spiritual self, and gained financial traction. I believe all of this was possible thanks to Catherine’s brilliant perspective and ability to tailor her coaching to get me to my dreams.
Alyson Wagner | Rockville, MD
I see my financial life as a healthy, emotionless, thriving creation of my own.
Catherine is a stellar coach. She is perceptive, understanding and a spark of true joy. Catherine has helped me see my financial life as a healthy, emotionless, thriving creation of my own. She supports my goals and always stands for me at my fullest expression. If you would like to create financial freedom in your life, or make the impossible happen in your business, Catherine would be an ideal coach to create the synergy you want to get to the next level. Thanks Catherine for personifying serenity!
Patricia H | Washington, DC
At a time of unexpected changes, she was invaluable at helping me organize priorities and follow through with them.
Catherine’s skill and insightfulness helped me to get on the right path to success as well as identify roadblocks that were keeping me from moving forward. At a time of unexpected changes, she was invaluable at helping me organize priorities and follow through with them. I can’t emphasize enough how much I have benefited from her guidance.
Khandle H | Santiago, Chile
I felt empowered, like my eyes were opened to the tools I already had and needed to take the next step. It was like the impossible wasn’t so impossible anymore.
I appreciated how you motivated me. I tend to be really hard on myself, often putting myself down for things I mess up on or do not accomplish. You did the exact opposite. You encouraged me and congratulated me on what I did right and worked with me to figure out why I don’t follow through on certain plans or projects.
Truthfully, my life is not drastically different, but I am. I’m at a much better place emotionally now than when we first started. I was in a new city, just out of an old relationship, in a new position at work, and I didn’t know what to do. I had high hopes, but not a clue how to begin or how to get out of the rut I felt I was stuck in. I loved how you motivated me to do the things that I had decided I wanted to accomplish. You helped me to organize my ideas and goals and put together an outline of how to achieve them. After each session, I felt empowered, like my eyes were opened to the tools I already had and needed to take the next step. It was like the impossible wasn’t so impossible anymore.
Brian Eddy | Beverly, MA
In making the initial plans to run my own business, she pointed out ways in which I can maximize my time and my potential to reach that goal.
Catherine is an excellent life coach and I highly recommend her to anyone looking to reach their true potential. She gently guides her clients in a positive and fulfilling direction. In making the initial plans to run my own business, she pointed out ways in which I can maximize my time and my potential to reach that goal.
Catherine worked with me to see things from a different angle, which is extremely important for personal growth. I’m sure that Catherine will continue to flourish as a life coach, and highly recommend her.