client stories

I have the wonderfully humbling pleasure to work with some incredible humans. 

Working with Nancy Kalina opened my heart and my mind to a new path filled with compassion, love, kindness, balance, intention, and choice. She empowered me through our calls, challenged me when my thinking was misleading, and helped me learn new tools that I can say have actually been integrated into my everyday life toolkit. Together, Nancy helped me transform my life and find a renewed passion for its experiences. If you are debating hiring Nancy as a life coach, I can assure you the journey will be worth the work and she will be a valuable and trusted advisor to you on your way. I recommend her highly!

Daniel Coleman

Director of Development, Campaign, and Strategic Projects - San Francisco Symphony

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Facing divorce, potential loss of wealth, and other major life-changing issues, I knew that I needed someone to listen and to help. I couldn’t have been happier with the results of Nancy Kalina’s “Safe Space Life Coaching.” Through coaching, I was able to uncover negative and unproductive ways of thinking that were blinding and paralyzing me. I learned to “turn around” those negative ways of thinking, which provided me with renewed energy to grieve, face my problems, take action, and heal. I am a different, smarter, more vivacious, and more confident person because of life coaching, and I have recommended Nancy to countless friends and relatives that I have witnessed struggle with issues in their lives. If you are ready, and are willing to expend effort, Safe Space Life Coaching WILL change your life for the better.


As a professional career consultant I truly understand the necessity of building your resource team to achieve your personal and professional goals. Even coaches need coaching and I can say with enthusiasm that Nancy helped me overcome some career blocks and fears that were getting in the way of my master plan. Her coaching style is empathetic and energizing and the action steps and exercises she provided gave me the tools to make changes. It’s refreshing to work with someone who reminds you how important each step is along the journey. I subscribe to her mantra of always learning, always growing and would highly recommend Nancy as a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach to help you create your unique destiny.

Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Vice President of Career Coaching and Employer Connections for the Ivy Tech Community College System statewide

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I had no idea what a Life Coach was when I first met with Nancy. I only knew that I really liked her and wanted to learn more about her work. I gained so much from our very first session and left feeling very grateful for the tools she gave me to take into my life.. This was not therapy per se, although it felt similar. This was a whole new way of encountering and relating to my thoughts, my essential self, my relationships, and reality itself.

Our sessions are full of practical guidance and techniques. The work I’ve done with Nancy has resulted in wonderful insights, awakening and transformation. I had no idea how many unexamined thoughts I believed and lived out of, until I began to question them. I have now become much more aware of my thoughts and how to engage them without letting them take over. I know how to process my thoughts to get down to what’s really true, instead of letting my anxieties, worries and unexamined beliefs take me for a ride. Overall, I have a much better and more truthful relationship to reality. I have become more attuned to sensations in my body that are communicating with me at all times if I stop to listen. I know what my body experiences when I’m heading in the right direction, and when I’m not. I am learning about inquiry and how to do “the Work” whenever I come up against a situation that I can’t resolve, or a judgement I have made about another person or myself that needs healing.

I love that Nancy draws from the work of Martha Beck, Depak Chopra, Byron Katie, Lissa Rankin and Brene Brown (among others). These teachers are exploring the edge of consciousness and Nancy is right out there with them. She blends many approaches into her own in a way that feels contemporary and authentic. Being exposed to these new concepts always leaves me feeling paradoxically exhilarated and wanting to delve deeper, as well as content with simply being and accepting.

I was trying to explain to Nancy why I loved working with her so much, and why I was so grateful for the tools she has shared with me. She is easy to talk to, insightful, open, loving and challenges me in just the right ways. The work we’ve done together has touched every aspect of my life. It’s not so much about self-improvement (although that’s part of it). It was just that once I became aware of all of this, once my eyes had been opened, I couldn’t stop! I now feel as though I’m unravelling and reweaving myself. As Nancy put it, once you begin to become aware, it becomes a personal responsibility to continue the work. This is a responsibility that I am extremely thankful for. And I love working with Nancy!


It takes a village and Nancy has certainly played an important role in our daughter’s journey.  Recently, our daughter wanted to see Nancy about her fears about her lead role in a professional play. After the session, she said that she did not realize how much she needed that space to make sense and refocus her energy for this experience. She thanked me deeply for bringing her to see Nancy.  It clearly had a huge impact.

Additionally, our 11-year old daughter had a last-minute request to speak at the local rally for immigrant children who have been interned. She confidently accepted the request to speak, wrote her speech and delivered with confidence.

I hope we can continue working with Nancy and that her work reaches many young people that have so much potential and so much to say but who have not found the tools to move forward with peace and confidence. This is important for all, but when Nancy’s work results in building youth advocates for social justice, then Nancy’s life coaching acquires a whole new meaning.

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When I first contacted Nancy, my dream was that a few conversations with her would quickly solve the major puzzle in my life I wanted to work on with her. While that puzzle is not solved exactly, I am navigating it with much more ease and love of myself, my workmates, and my family than I ever had before. Nancy taught me many tools, and those are with me now. I use them all the time, it's like I can feel them in my hands. Constantly summoning them. And she taught me while truly creating a Safe Space, the name of her business. Conversations with her are fun and free. There is zero self-consciousness and a session with her is packed with discovery. 


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Nancy is perhaps one the most intelligent, open-minded, and down-to-earth human beings that I have had the honor of knowing. Her attitude towards others surpasses being positive and is very infectious. You can’t help but be happy when you’re around her.

Her passion to listen to others speak of their personal lives while she offers guidance is truly inspiring. Even when you meet her for the first time, you feel as if you made a new friend. She always keeps her clients’ information confidential and respects every person she meets regardless of their background.

From my personal experience, Nancy has helped me understand certain things about life that have made me a better person today. She is one of the people that has contributed to my overall success, and I cannot be thankful enough for it.


Nancy created a welcoming and safe space for me to explore life’s possibilities. I deeply appreciate Nancy’s practical and intuitive coaching style. My time with her helped me move along significantly in pursuing what has meaning and purpose in my life. What a gift!

Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

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I worked with Nancy in a 3 session series. I was struggling to make a job decision but I was also feeling lost in finding my sense of self awareness. In addition, My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and I needed to figure out where I fit in. Nancy was able to direct me and guide me in the most kind and non judge-mental way. Each session, she listened, asked me questions, and instructed me with tips and guidelines. I really felt at ease with Nancy and was very impressed with her knowledge and ability to explain things. I will most certainly return to see Nancy and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is curious about what life coaching can offer.


During the winter and spring of 2012, I had the pleasure of joining a group that met monthly to discuss the book Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck. It was an excellent opportunity to experience this book together as a community in Nancy’s beautiful home. Nancy did a wonderful job taking the initiative to set up the monthly meetings and host a vibrant, interesting group of people. Each month that we met, Nancy led insightful discussions with guiding questions and activities to help all the participants get the most out of our reading from the past month. In addition to fun and reflective discussions, we had wonderful refreshments!

I appreciated the flexibility of the group, so that we could participate with an in-depth analysis of the text as well as exchanging our views linked to personal life experiences. Nancy was always well-prepared to lead discussion and facilitated a group where everyone’s opinion was valued and welcome. Our group bonded during the short time that we met, and in addition to our book discussion meetings, we also shared a trip to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center as a celebration when we finished the book! I would highly recommend any book group led by Nancy – for me, it was an excellent way to examine my own goals and growth while finding others with many of the same interests and goals for personal development.


from a Martha Beck Book Discussion Group

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I have 30+ years of experience with various alternative healing modalities and therapies and I am very open to looking inward to find solutions for problems or for a clearer vision of where I am meant to be. When I received life coaching from Nancy, I didn’t know what to expect. Nancy introduced me to my body compass. We talked about the aspects of my attempt to make a mid-life career switch. The conversation was not new to me. But there was something about the questions Nancy asked me and the observations she made, using the tools of The Body Compass, that gave me energy and focus that has carried over weeks after I did the session. It’s almost as if I found a way to sub-consciously connect my head, heart and body so that they are communicating and guiding me even without my actively trying to direct the process.


In working with Nancy, I found her to be positive, caring, enlightening, and intelligent. Nancy has the amazing ability to have multiple perspectives and different ways of looking at any given situation. Her ability to see things from different perspectives and teach me how to view things differently was what helped me the most. I have taken what I’ve learned and applied it in so many different aspects of my daily life. I love and use the strategies I learned from Nancy on a regular basis. I love reading her articles and find them supportive to my growth. When I begin to stress about something, I turn to the strategies that I learned from our 10 sessions together. I feel my life has changed in such a positive way since working with Nancy.


I love working with Nancy for so many reasons they would be too numerous to list. As a coach, she has a lot of tools in her toolbelt and adapts dynamically to my needs as I am trying to achieve my goals. She is a perceptive and respectful listener and takes the time to absorb the full context before responding. She is very supportive but she also challenges me and always provides excellent perspectives I’m not seeing on my own—or am trying to avoid. I have had only a handful of sessions but I’ve already made positive personal changes, I am moving into a better suited career path, and have jump-started a stalled social life (due to death in family). Nancy works with me on several fronts at once to coach me through the challenges in achieving my goals. She is very effective and she is a lot of fun too.


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