Kathleen knows first hand the complexity of being responsible for strategic direction, policy development, and growth objectives while also juggling personal commitments.
During her tenure as an executive in the charitable sector Kathleen created innovative employment training and education support services for marginalized and disadvantaged populations. In her words, “being involved in mission-driven work can be like an elixir to hardworking people motivated by the value of service. However, it can also become a journey to burnout." Observing elevated stress and burnout in those around her, not to mention nearly succumbing to it herself, prompted her to make a significant work transition.
Kathleen completed a Master of Arts in Pastoral Psychology and Counselling in 2003, and launched a private consulting practice. Along with training as a psychotherapist, she has also completed advanced level professional coach training and in 2021 completed a a certificate in Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy.
Kathleen was interviewed in 2016 about making a career transition by Avenue magazine in Edmonton, Alberta.
Kathleen is a Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation), a Canadian Certified Counsellor (Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association), a Certified Stress Consultant (Canadian Institute of Stress), and a certified Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist (C.Hyp) .
A Special Interest in Women's Careers
Kathleen defines "career" as being inclusive of one's paid and unpaid roles, learning and leisure. Through this definition, comes recognition of the significant contribution made by family caregivers for all of their life's work. From many years of enduring her own “pressure cooker” career, Kathleen brings personal wisdom and insight into the challenges facing women with demanding careers.
Research for her Master’s thesis project involved interviewing and understanding the complex career journeys of 8 high achieving Alberta women, each one at the pinnacle of her professional journey. Their stories have been published in her book/journal Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: A Woman's Career Legacy.
These women's stories of perseverance, values and courage strengthened Kathleen's passion for supporting women's potential. Her research led to professional work dedicated to helping ordinary women create uniquely meaningful career journeys.
Education / Training
• B.Sc. Human Ecology, Professional Home Economist
• Master of Arts in Pastoral Psychology & Counselling
• Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC#5525)
• Certified Stress and Wellness Consultant (Canadian Institute of Stress)
• Certified Executive Career Coach (CECC, Career Coach Institute)
• Professional Certified Coach (PCC, International Coach Federation)
• Mediation and Negotiation, 175 hours (coursework)
Associations / Affiliations
• Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association
• Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association
• Career Development Association of Alberta
• The International Coach Federation
• Edmonton Association of Professional Coaches
• Recipient of Edmonton YMCA President's Award of Excellence, 1991
• Nomination, 1992 YWCA Women of Distinction Award—Community Service
• Nomination, 2007 YWCA Women of Distinction Award—Advocacy
• Published Author: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: A Woman's Career Legacy and A Woman's Career Diary 2010.
• Contributing author to Canada's first university level career development textbook: Career Development Practice in Canada-- Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism, 2013.
• Recipient of Distinguished Service Award, Alberta Human Ecology & Home Economics Assoc. 2015.