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Part 1: Close Up Radio Spotlights Life Coach Kathy Washburn

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Somerville, MA – Kathy Washburn is a life coach specializing in transitions. Kathy works primarily with cancer survivors, individuals after divorce or in the midst of career transition, all of which she’s experienced herself.

Prior to becoming a life coach, Kathy had spent 20 years in the financial industry when revelations of marital infidelity shattered her world.

Inspired by her grandfather’s words, Kathy was introduced to positive psychology and became certified as a positive psychology life coach.

Today, Kathy helps people through difficult transitions using the power of positive psychology as well as narrative healing, the power of someone's story.

“Many people come to me and they say they feel lost,” says Kathy. “The truth is we're always between stories. Feeling lost means you're not where you wished you were, but it doesn't mean you don't know where or who you are.”

Kathy’s work is based on the theory of post-traumatic growth. If people have an understanding of personal strength, support, an appreciation of life, possibilities or spirituality, there is a better chance they will be able to navigate transition and flourish on the other side.

“We have become a culture that numbs ourselves when things are uncomfortable,” says Kathy, “but negative emotions are all there for a reason. We have to be all of ourselves. We have to be connected to our emotions. We need to have forgiveness for ourselves. Every transition is self-love. What can we take with us from these experiences?”

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