These were the questions I found myself asking prior to leaving my marriage.
I’d spent my career dabbling in finance, healthcare, and the wellness industry. I’d proudly given birth, been married and divorced, built and sold a home. Showing up to serve during the 2008 housing crisis, and stepped onto the frontline to support suicidal patients during the COVID-19 crisis.
I was exhausted. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally.
Deep down, I knew… it was time to fill my own cup.
Maybe you feel the same?
Whether you want to have more honest fulfilling relationships, switch careers to align with your dharma (life’s purpose), become financially independent, heal from trauma, rewire the neuroplasticity of your brain to think more positively, or simply tap into your character strengths to live a more joyful life…
Positive psychology coaching includes writing, speaking, creating your best life by re-wiring the neuroplasticity of your brain in order to combat negative automatic thoughts and think more positively. For in this life, if you can dream it you can do it. But first you must believe it is possible. And I’m here to remind you that anything is.
I’ll help you get honest with yourself about your nonnegotiables, boundaries, value systems, attachment style, and more so you can create the relationships and connection you crave.
We’ll use positive psychology coaching combined with learning to tap into your mind and body to be present, and become aware of limiting beliefs and cognitive distortions that stem from traumatic experiences, so you can finally release the pain and live more fully.
Using my background in healthcare, and more than a decade of of experience with yoga and yogic meals, together we’ll tap into a setting SMART goals – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound – to help combat whatever ailment you are facing. I believe most ailments can be cured through diet and exercise, and I am here to share everything I know with you. From books, to meal plans, to a combination of exercise coaching should you desire as well.
As a life long athlete, with a decade of experience in everything from dance to running to yoga, I will help you find the ways you enjoy moving your body so you can enjoy being in it and connecting with a physical practice again. Combatting situational depression through movement has been a blessing in my own life, providing the serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine that comes from physical movement. Exercise can even help you to slow the aging process through the generation of human growth hormones from high intensity interval work outs, or whatever you deem to be most fulfilling in meeting your physical movement needs.
Life coaching is all encompassing – none of us get out of life unscathed. We have all bared witness to our own story, trauma, and the byproduct of others.
Our society encourages us to disconnect from ourselves to numb and stuff down through consumption i.e. food, alcohol, sex, drugs, the hedonic treadmill of buying things we don’t need, that won’t fulfill us or make us happy, but that give us those quick little dopamine fixes.
I’m here to teach you everything I have learned through my own life experience and my professional certifications so you can free yourself from the shackles of your past and create a brand new you.
Take the first step towards reclaiming your power, and hop on my scheduler to chat!
"Working with Karissa was a pivotal point in my life turning around. Her soft presence, guidance, encouragement and practical tools gave me so much hope, which was something I had lost while going through a divorce. It was the first time I felt real excitement for my life and my future. What stood out the most was how much Karissa would tell me I'm doing the work, she's just a guide. She gave me my power back every time she spoke those words. That's a true coach and genuinely solid human!"
"Karissa is the first life coach I have ever had. She is so passionate about life coaching and truly cares about her clients. With just a few sessions with Karissa I have gained the confidence to take the leap and achieve goals I didn't think I could."
"It’s a beautiful thing when you meet someone so passionate about their work and connected to their dharma that it's as if the universe is speaking to you through them. That’s Karissa. She has a really beautiful energy that you can immediately sense and that puts you at ease to begin to unpack those parts of yourself that you hide or are hesitant to share. You can tell Karissa really wants to see you grow and she is fueled herself but helping you to live the best version of yourself. She is a partner, a guide, and a loving support. We all need accountability partners and a helping hand on this life journey, and I wouldn't want anyone else to be by my side cheering me on than such a committed and passionate soul as Karissa."
"I have zero constructive feedback on what could have been different or helped more. I found that everything that transpired during our call was the very thing, most needed to address the issue I brought into our session, and Karissa really met me, exactly where I was—not only with a complete lack of judgment but with personal understanding and helpful tips on how to get unstuck. This sort of validation of my experience and who I am in my struggle, offered me the opportunity to see myself from a positive place of potential action (I should trademark that phrase!). So often, I find myself stuck in paralysis, believing there’s something wrong with me, or the circumstances are impossible, impractical, or wrong. Offering encouragement and straight-forward suggestions, to simply step in a direction—take action—feels like a sort of salvation from my recent confused and muddled paradigm. Karissa saw me and heard me and was able to help me get out of my head and into my life. The experience was/is incredibly empowering. Karissa was deeply generous in spirit— which, for me, seems like the core of what a good coach embodies! Very impressive and motivating! Keep up the good work!"
"I was looking to get back on track with making time for myself, being thankful for non-materialistic items and being healthier in my food choices and exercise. Karissa was starting a 14 day challenge and I thought to myself, this is exactly what I need! I completed the 14 day challenge and have felt so amazing since! Her constant reassurance, positive energy and support really allowed me to follow through with the whole 14 days. Having a friend be so supportive and encouraging gives you total control of accomplishing so much more!! I am forever thankful for this beginning and look forward to continuing on more challenges in the future!"
"I cannot say enough about my wonderful experience with Karissa. I met her at a time in my life when I felt very stuck. I was stuck emotionally, mentally, and physically after getting out of a terrible relationship. I knew the vision I had for my life, but I felt paralyzed on taking the steps to get there. My sense of self worth was at an all time low. Karissa was the light I needed in my life. Every time we spoke she helped me identify what I wanted for myself, set goals for me to get there, and helped me celebrate my wins. Before Karissa I honestly never celebrated my wins and I never realized that. More than anything, Karissa showed me that everything I wanted for myself was already within me. She kept me accountable and helped me fall in love with myself again. I identified what i wanted for my life and have continued to say no to anything that doesn't align with my dreams. Forever grateful!"
We are living in a time of collective trauma and collective grief. In a time where many are grappling with so much that is out of their control, I’m here to remind you of what is.
Every day we make about 35,000 choices. Thats 35,000 chances to take your power back. To lean into fear. Discomfort. To decide. To choose to step out of your comfort zone. Speak your truth. Break patterns that aren’t serving you and create the life that you are so worthy and capable of.
This present moment is all that is guaranteed. Choose you. The greatest relationship and investment you’ll ever make.
Karissa Kocjancic is a JRNI certified life coach, with more than 7 years experience in health and wellness. She holds three certifications in yoga – ashtanga, somatic trauma informed, and life power – and shares her gift for empowering others through both her coaching and her practice as a yoga teacher. She is currently working towards a certification in positive psychology from University of Pennsylvania so that she can deepen the works she does with her clients and further help them create the life of their dreams.