Kim brings to her work attention to the inner life as the ground for authentic, courageous, and affirmative living; and a focus on building trustworthy relationships as core to creating and sustaining robust cultures.
Kim supports people in rediscovering their true, unique self and then supports them as they align with their purpose and passion and learn to live from a place of wholeness. People in transition of all kinds are especially drawn to her coaching work, including career, college-career, staff, role, job, and life-cycle transitions.
Kim has 25 years of experience as a coach and is ACC Certified with the International Coach Federation.
Her coaching is informed by certification in conducting EQ in Action Profiles, practicing narrative coaching with Rewinding our Story, preparation and experience in the Circle of Trust approach developed by Parker Palmer, Non-Violent Communication, and the work of Brene Brown. She incorporates creative modalities including awareness of natural systems and their metaphors in life, poetry, movement, music, art and ceremony as tools to clarify and set intentions.
Kim creates a safe, courageous, reflective space.
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What Kim’s coaching clients are saying about their experience
“Kim is a wonderful coach who helped me understand and navigate my way through a personal and career transition period in my life. She is a thoughtful listener with a warm and encouraging manner, and she provided a welcoming and safe space for me to ask questions or express doubts and fears. She guided me through a series of questions but did not lead me to the answers; instead she made it clear that it was my privilege and responsibility to figure out what my answers were and why. As kind as she is, Kim still held me accountable for doing my homework, pointed out if I was avoiding things, and made sure that I stayed on track. I recommend Kim as a life coach or management coach to any person who is looking to improve or sharpen their focus, or to discover more about themselves and their intended path.”
Colette Hadley – Courage to Lead Alumni and Executive Director of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
"Kim Stokely's coaching style supports gentle yet focused transformation. She draws on her extensive leadership development experience and frames open honest questions to support exploration of client's challenges and opportunities and get results. Working with Kim naturally increases awareness and alignment mentally, emotionally, and physically. She's quite a gift!"
Alex Dorsey – Courage to Lead Alumni and Director of Food Systems for WORKS Los Angeles
“Our coaching sessions have bolstered me during my time of career transition. Kim is an active listener with a responsive approach to helping me overcome hurdles.”
Mary Beth Trautwein – Courage to Lead Alumni and Executive Director of reDiscover Center, Los Angeles.
Working with Kim Stokely as my coach over a ten month period helped me to successfully move through a vocational transition which turned into an even more profound life transformation than I anticipated. She helped me to navigate practical and personal aspects of the transition. I am really not sure how long it would have taken me to muddle my way through this transition without Kim. Her questions always seemed to move me along just where I needed to go. For the person who is looking for a way to "let their life speak", and live a healthy life, I can highly recommend working with Kim.
Mattie Gadsby – Courage to Lead Alumni and Director of Children’s Services with Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara CountyDisplay the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.