Trusted by:

Ruth Kao Barr

Founder & Coach

clear the noise· reconnect with peace·
lead with clarity·

What does Stress Sound like?

What Does Stress Sound Like?

It's hard to lead from a place of stress.

If you relate to my clients' past experiences,
I invite you to...

You might be wondering

"Isn't stress is a normal part of life?"

That's true. Some stress is even good for us.

Humans are actually great at handling stress...

But not long term stress.

Bathing in stress chemicals makes us...

Stupid

Limits higher thinking, weakens learning & memory.

Sick

Breaks down tissues, organs & creates inflammation.

Sad

Disrupts mood & enlarges the part of the brain responsible for experiencing fear and anxiety.

If you're experiencing stress of the mind,
heart & spirit, it's time to...

Clear the Noise

reconnect with peace

How to start?

Simply...

Lead Yourself & Others

with clarity

Client Experiences

Working with Ruth has been the most impactful investment in my personal growth. I gained greater self-awareness about causes behind situations that have been emotionally challenging. The discoveries have helped me develop strategies to address them effectively. I highly appreciate Ruth for honoring and trusting me on my journey - our collaboration has been a game changer in providing me greater clarity and peace. Thank you, Ruth!
Divya Annamraju - Pittsburgh, USA
I initially felt insecure about my 'starting point' with coaching, knowing that Ruth has worked with leaders of Fortune 500 companies around the country. But that quickly changed as I saw how my individual needs were met in every session. I appreciated hearing tips & strategies that other leaders use to remain successful and sane—at work and at home—but the best part was the confidence I started to gain in myself as a leader. Since starting my coaching sessions, I've gotten out of the habit of being reactive and putting out fires day after day. Instead, I learned to be protective of my time, not allowing myself to be pulled in multiple directions at once. I've noticed that I rarely feel overwhelmed at work anymore and I have greater respect for myself.
Lindsay - Virginia, USA
Design lead for a Financial Corporation
Ruth offered a new approach to better understanding myself and working toward my goals. I really needed practical exercises toward living a life that's closer to my values and vision, and our coaching allowed me to look at some major problems in new ways. I've also been able to work through a particularly tough life decision. I found myself looking forward to our sessions and thinking about what we'd discussed between sessions. That's a different experience than what I've had with other coaches and therapists.
Michael - San Francisco, USA
TECH LEADER & MUSICIAN
This was my first coaching experience and I didn't know what to expect. I now have a better understanding of my values - how they affect my mindset and can be a guide in future decision-making, at work, and in personal life. I have a more balanced perspective of challenges in the workplace. The work we did together helped me define my personal values, which are at the core of what motivates me and brings me joy.
Alan - Maine, USA
Corporate Tech Attorney & DJ
Ruth has provided tremendous help in developing multiple habits over a few months, including gratitude, self-care, relaxation, and she also helped me quit coffee and reduce smoking. An outstanding experience that significantly improved my well-being and decreased stress levels.
Maria - Paris, France
Data Scientist
Ruth held space for me to feel safe and open up. I especially loved how we began with grounding breathing exercises and our work on locating feelings and emotions in my body. Ruth has a very thorough coaching style which get results. She knows what she is doing! I am very grateful for her time and would absolutely recommend her to a friend!
Niomi - Kramfor, Sweden
Owner, Steller Wellness
After three sessions with Ruth, I felt unstuck and gained clarity on my direction to my goals. Additionally, she provided me with tools to help me get out of my head and strategies to do when I feel overwhelmed. I thought that I had a good understand of myself, but after a few sessions with Ruth, I've realized a lot more about myself that I didn't even know that I don't know!
Raoum - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Owner, Sukkari life / Yoga Instructor
I worked on improving time managemnt, handling workplace stress, and navigating tricky interpersonal conflicts. Ruth provided valuable guidance and steered me towards clarity to get to the root cause of my problems by listening with intent and questioning with purpose...Ruth helped uncover capabilities within myself that have made me a more resilient, thoughtful, and confident person.
Kameron - Seattle, USA
Tech Strategy Professional
Ruth is a wonderful coach. She is a great intuitive listener. She was able to drill down on my issues, so I could get clarity. She helped me set up realistic goals and held me accountable to them. She really helped me move closer to my truth.
Andrea - Virginia, USA
Certified Public Accountant
As my first time with a coach, I was unsure what to expect. Ruth graciously provided a platform to think through my own personal interest areas and provided thoughtful guidance that I appreciated. I would highly recommend Ruth as a coach for anyone looking for a soundboard or anyone curious on how coaching can improve their lifestyle.
Karla - Boston, USA
HARVARD MBA CANDIDATE