Interview with Kathryn Martens

Sep 1, 2021

Life can be complex, and never stands still. It can help to have someone to confide in, ask helpful questions to clarify your goals, and keep you accountable in achieving them.

Kathryn Martens is one such person. She can meet you at a location of your choice, in her office, or online. Sessions can even be held while walking or sipping coffee.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Sydney, have lived in various parts of NSW, as well as Germany and California, USA, but have now been very settled in Kiama, NSW, Australia, for many years.

What is a surprising fact about you?

I had 2 miracle children in my 40s

What made you choose to be a Mindset Coach?

You could say it comes naturally to me. My friends were often turning to me for a listening ear, a bit of advice, or encouragement. I then gravitated to coaching at work too. I achieved the formal qualifications after I realised I had already been informally coaching educators, managers, and health-workers in the workplace for over 25 years. I love seeing the real and lasting positive difference coaching brings to people’s lives and work.

How long have you been working as a coach?

I started using coaching over 25 years ago informally as part of my work in management and training. It became my main focus about 9 years ago, when I saw how it could bring about real and lasting positive change in people’s lives and work.

What makes you different from others?

My coaching is grounded in my own experiences of overcoming my own life hurdles including grief, relationship breakdowns, redundancies, infertility and now parenting a child with additional needs. When I sit down with you, I coach with compassion, mixed with inspiration and a call to action. I also have a holistic approach to a person’s wellbeing as I understand that we all made up of body, soul and spirit.

When should someone choose to get a professional coach?

Coaching can be beneficial if you feel stuck in some way, and need a prompt to move forward, or when you need support in prioritising, planning and executing a project.

If you are going through a life-transition, a coach can help you work through your reactions and stress - such as moving house, returning to work after a baby or illness, planning a career change, starting a new business, or retiring. You can talk through what the future could look like with a coach, and what first steps you might need to take. Your coach would then keep you accountable to that.

Coaching can also provide assistance in identifying your strengths, interests, or motivations which is helpful in both your work choices and your personal life.

If you would like to see if coaching would benefit you, take up the offer of a FREE Discovery call.

Written by: Kiama Bugle Magazine

Sep 1, 2021