About Karisa Kenyon

Why I coach.

When I see the light come on in someone’s eyes, self-discovery has started the fire inside them, and I smile. When the fire gets them into action and their lives change, they smile.


I see peoples’ potential. I help them see their own possibilities.


I believe self-discoveries are necessary but not sufficient. Self-discoveries need to and should be combined with action to create change that can transform your life. I have enjoyed success and endured personal struggles, each shaping who I am. Working with a coach focused my energy and clarified my thoughts about relationships, career, health and money. My coaches stood beside me, told me the hard truth, supported me when I cried, and encouraged me to find my way forward and move along my path. Today I am happier, healthier, and more alive.


My practice is born of skills and techniques I bring and a lifetime of personal experience. I am naturally curious and consider myself a life-long learner. Throughout a sixteen year corporate technology career, I succeeded by working with diverse teams, managing constrained resources, and creating tailored solutions to unique business problems. As an athlete, I learned the necessity of integrating a focused, centered mind with a physically strong, agile body. Overcoming illness, managing chronic pain and healing myself taught me compassion, patience, and perseverance. Relationship challenges, losing a home, and career changes challenged my optimism and fueled my personal growth. I responded by getting to know myself better. My comfort today comes from having created holistic personal wellness amid a chaotic lifestyle.


Having traveled my path, and fully aware that I will always be an emerging work in progress, I find tremendous satisfaction in helping others navigate their personal journeys. I coach with gratitude for those who have helped me, empathy for those in the thicket, and optimism about who we might become.

Background and Experience

Karisa inspires clients to build self-awareness, look at the possibilities in their lives and get into action. She integrates coaching, bodywork and movement practices into coaching sessions.


Karisa is an accessible, affable human being. Her great gift is to concurrently meet you where you are and see where you are going. She is Midwestern by birth, Californian by inclination, and chooses to be a citizen of the world. She is committed to achieving success, both for herself and her clients. Karisa’s practice is predicated on her core beliefs:

Karisa brings a unique mix of experience and qualification to coaching. She has worked at technology companies as a consultant and project manager, traveled to more than 30 countries, and integrates mind-body practices into her coaching approach.

Practice Qualifications:

  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through Coaches Training Institute (CPCC).
  • Certified Visionary Cranial Sacral Therapist through Milne Institute.
  • Certified in Biodynamic Touch through Charles Ridley / Dynamic Stillness.
  • Certified Pilates Instructor and completion of Movement Medicine program.
  • Certified Massage Therapist at Heartwood Institute and CA LMT.
  • 5 year student of Leadership Embodiment with Wendy Palmer.

Life Experiences:

  • 16 years of consulting and project management experience in technology companies including Peoplesoft, DigitalThink and Convergys.
  • Certified Visionary Cranial Sacral Therapist through Milne Institute.
  • Instructor at Heartwood Massage Institute in Cranial Sacral Therapy.
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE).
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do.
  • Partner, spouse, friend, and dog lover.