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About Kathleen

Kathleen has been professionally trained by the world’s leading Enneagram scholars, the late Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, founders of the Enneagram Institute in New York. A graduate (1997) of Coach U’s CTP Coach Training Program, she clearly understands the difference between coaching for “success” and guiding someone to greater personal awareness and growth. After more than 20 years of study, Kathleen says her learning continues. See below for her story.


Looking Back…

As I look back over the years from the vantage point of my 70’s, I have to say, “I love this perspective!” I feel like I’ve finally come to inhabit my body on this earth, after so many years of feeling invisible. This feeling, I’ve learned, was coming from my own sense of separation and disconnection. One thing I’ve come to know is that these feelings are universal but have their own flavor depending on your Enneagram type.

The first time I attended an Enneagram presentation in 1996, I was struck (as in a “bolt of lightening”) by its accuracy in identifying the behaviors of everyone I knew. It took me awhile longer to start seeing myself! 

The Work

Through my personal Enneagram “work,” I became aware, that the specifics of my life had blended together into an overall memory of “contentment.” There was no abuse or abandonment or trauma to contend with. Even so, I did not escape the challenges and trials that formed and shaped me. I wrapped myself in a cocoon that did not allow this spiritual sleepwalker to awaken. I lived the first 40 years of my life as a blissed-out Type Nine. Not fully engaged, not fully activated, not fully alive.

My Teachers

Over the years I’ve been blessed with many wise teachers. And each day my heart is touched to the core by students who share their wisdom with me and with each other. The “circles” I facilitate are an experience of attunement. Each person expresses, with courage and awe, how they seem themselves – in the past and in the moment – as well as the person they are becoming. I am continually humbled by their honesty and their Presence.

Staying Awake in Gratitude

We never change our personality Type. I will always be a Type Nine, and so my wish to stay focused, to stay engaged and motivated will always be challenged by my ego trance in which I am lulled back to a mediocrity that masquerades as comfort. My life keeps providing me with opportunities to show up, to be “real,” and to face into the consequences of an unfolding aliveness. For this I am grateful.

I am also deeply grateful to be on the journey with you.

Kathleen Paterno