We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Sandler, MS, BCC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
So many life experiences brought me to my career today. The biggest being a gap in the market for those who are looking to live with purpose and fulfillment; for those who are looking to truly get their sh*t together quickly, without the need of being in therapy or coaching for years. Simultaneously, I also saw the need to provide those services in a low-key luxury format of retreats – bringing the best of coaching, mindfulness and curated travel together for impactful experiences.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being born without an ear, feeling as though I was from another universe, coping with learning difficulties, then being paralyzed from my waist down at 17 years of age (thankfully, recovering mobility), and suffering with anxiety and depression -all lead me to where I am today. I thank the universe every day for my experiences which inevitably set me on this path.
With over 15 years of formal education in the field of psychology, mind-body medicine, and personal and professional development – I currently work as The Impact Coach, a Board-Certified Coach, specializing in helping people get unstuck , reprogram their mindset, level-up, and make an impact in the world.
I’ve worked as a neuropsychiatric research assistant at Johns Hopkins where I specialized in studying purpose in life and its mitigating factors on overall wellbeing. Went on to gain my Masters in Mental Health Counseling and numerous certifications such as CBT, EMDR , and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. I’ve served as a therapist within a hospital crisis stabilization unit and a private practice which specialized in helping clients cope with stress, depression, trauma, and chronic medical conditions. I’ve also had my hand in developing and implementing various types of clinical programs, helping organizations establish mindful environments and employee wellness programs, as well as continue to consult on large business ventures.
Leaving private practice in-order to establish a new business model in the field of Psychology & Coaching, with mindfulness and compassion at the core, is a dream come true. Working with people in this capacity is humbling and rewarding, to say the least. Supporting clients in switching careers & landing dream jobs, gracefully moving through divorce, establishing new business ventures, earning 30 percent more in a single year, and so much more. And, to think I get to do it as a career is surreal. Picasso once said, “find your gift and give it”.
I continue to provide private health and wealth coaching services for high-end clientele, and corporate workshops and retreats on mindfulness, reaching untapped potential, best self-care practices, mental wellness and much more … all in the name making a positive impact on the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in Fort Lauderdale, I feel, gives me the best of all of South Florida. That being said, my favorite spots, as of late, include but are not limited to – coffee and breakfast at Press & Grind or a good ol’ Italian Cappuccino from Pane Dolci. I love lunch on the beach at S3, a water view at boatyard, or a favorite is Mandolin down in the design district – you cannot go wrong with Mandolin. Lately, I’ve been enjoying The Wine Garden’s atmosphere plus their well-priced bottle of Barolo and then Heritage’s squash blossoms and pizza. The Surf Club at The Four Seasons won my heart – so classy and best oysters rock ever which is saying something as I hail from Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay. And last but not least, Papas Raw bar (lets try and keep that one a secret). When Im not eating or lounging outside at a restaurant, I’m soaking up the sun on Fort Lauderdale beach or I’m getting my holistic treatments with Tiffany at Aroma Therapy. Other days I pamper myself with amazing facials up in Boca at Peace Love Med Spa, ask for Dalia. Lastly, the markets at the beach on Saturdays and Sundays are always a lovely way to be out and about.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Too many to mention – as we are made up of impacts from all of those we come into contact with – I’m grateful for them all! But, if I must pick – I’ll go with the standard and say my parents. We are by in large a product of who we are raised by and I am forever in gratitude for the character and values my parents have instilled in my life and way of being. Their unwavering support and belief in me kept me going through it all, particularly the moments of struggle and doubt. Without them I wouldn’t have the mentality that “though my sh*t smells just like everyone else’s”, “I can do anything as long as I put my mind to it, stay focused and give it my best”. There is no secret to success – you attract it, you work for it, it’s all about fulfilling your wants and needs (not someone else’s).
– Mellisa Sweredoski – Kallima Photography – Gary James