Ruth Kao Barr - Stress Coach

Frequently Asked Questions.

I work with a diverse group of adult clients who are committed to self-discovery and growth. 

People who I work with tend to believe deep down that there’s an important reason why they’re alive in this moment and are ready to clear the noise and live their truth. 

My clients come from all walks of life, including many Fortune 500 and startup leaders as well as artists, entrepreneurs, and spiritual seekers.

My coaching approach combines mindfulness, psychology, neuroscience, spirituality and trauma-informed practices. I’m a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) (One of the largest international coaching schools). I’m also a Certified Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP). I have over 15 years of corporate experience consulting to global Fortune 500 companies and coaching leaders and teams. I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology (Stony Brook University) and a master’s degree in organizational psychology (Columbia University). I have studied under Dr. Gabor Maté and trained in Compassionate Inquiry, a psychotherapeutic approach that reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world.

A mentor is someone who’s life or career you aspire to have. A mentor tells you what to do and mistakes to avoid so you can also achieve what they did.  

A therapist or psychologist’s main goal is to diagnose you so to administer the proper treatment for your disorder. Treatments can can include talk therapy or pharmaceuticals. Explorations are often emphasized on the past over the present or future. 

As a coach, I believe your life serves a unique purpose – and what’s right for someone else may be completely wrong for you. Coaching allows you to tap into and experience your unique inner wisdom and truth. While we might dip into the past to explore patterns and root causes, we quickly bring insights back to the present and create a unique path forward that serves you.

Coaching with me is also action-focused. I share tools to help shift mindsets and heartsets. Outside of our session, I assign exercises to help you further deepen your clarity and inspiration to take your next step. 

The world of coaching can be confusing. I’ve written a guide for how to  find the right coach for you here. 

Clients who get results with me often:

  • Have something specific to work on
  • Have repeated patterns they’ve been unable to disrupt
  • Felt something “lacking” with conventional courses or therapy
  • Have a deep curiosity and are ready to be open, honest, and explore the self
  • Believe there’s nothing fundamentally “wrong” with them
  • Believe their life serves a purpose

The best way to decide is to apply, meet, then feel it out to see what’s right for you. 

Many of my clients are business leaders.

Everything we work on will connect you with your inner peace, which will allow you to lead yourself and others from a place of clarity (rather than fear, avoidance, or knee jerk reactions). 

Clients often experience an improvement in areas of leadership, influencing, navigating uncertainty and relationship building. 

Completing the form and hopping on an intro call benefits both you and me. 

You make sure that you would like to work with me and I make sure that you can benefit from the coaching process. 

To make the most impact, I only work with clients who are ready to commit to a new level of curiosity, honesty, and vulnerability that this work requires. 

The questionnaire and the initial chat will help both of us determine a mutual fit before we move forward.

I can refer you to another coach, practitioner or modality, if needed

Like anything else, timeframe and results vary person by person. I have seen and experienced changes as quickly as after the first session. Typically, 3-6 months is a good timeframe to allow yourself to fully explore an area in your life and moving toward your vision.

I work with clients virtually most of the time through Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. 

Coaching packages start at $1,300. I can share details based on your needs after our initial consultation.

Our introductory session will be a 30-minute video chat where we assess if your situation is suitable for coaching, discuss how you can benefit from the program, and if we both can imagine working together.

Yes. I turn away clients when I sense a lack of commitment, misaligned expectations or believe another mode of intervention will better address their needs. I also turn away clients if there is a conflict of interest – at which point, I have a strong network of qualified coaches and therapists for referral.

Apply for coaching and meet for a consultation – that’s the best way to find out. 

I’m not the right coach for you if you’re looking for someone to:

  • Be your guru
  • Tell you what to do with your life
  • Do the work for you
  • Diagnose your illness
  • Do psychological testing on you
  • Interpret your labs
  • Hypnotize you