What is your area of expertise, who do you serve, and how do you serve them?
My area of expertise is helping clients choose love over fear.
Most often when we are living too much in our heads and not in our body, it can create a disconnection between our head and our heart. In turn, causing us to live out of alignment with our innermost self. This can show up as having confusion over what to do with life, having a difficult time making decisions, feeling stressed or anxious, or even feeling dissatisfied with your current job or relationship.
I provide holistic coaching for those who are deeply committed to choosing love over fear, to reclaiming their power, to overcoming their challenges, and to living a successful, authentic life. Together we embark on a transformational journey to support in bridging your mind-body connection, overcoming limiting beliefs, and bringing forth your creative genius to tap into your ability to live life fully.
Using Social Neuroscience, Eastern Spirituality, and Jungian-Based Shadow Work, I guide you to build awareness for what’s holding you back and empower you to resource solutions. Taking you through mind-body exercises to support in the integration of your growth, I also help you to fully embody your truest self to create the life you wish to live.
It is my absolute passion to inspire others with tools to support healing and create deeper meaning in life. For those who are curious about coaching with me, I offer a free discovery call through my website www.nataliemal.com.
Why would someone choose you over a competitor?
As a result of my own healing journey, I have learned various holistic approaches to bridging the mind and the body. In turn, I have the unique ability to combine different modalities in both a structured and intuitive way that’s best for the client.
My curiosity has always led me to interdisciplinary studies. It started with earning an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree in high school, which is an additional program to traditional high school education where I was able to combine different areas of study to explore my own interests. I went on to earn two bachelors degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. One in Cognitive Science and another in Fine Art. While an undergraduate, I created and taught an accredited course called “Art and Science” to support students in enhancing their creativity by exploring connections across various disciplines of art and science.
After I graduated, I had the opportunity to work directly with Tony Robbins, an internationally renowned Business Strategist and Motivational Speaker, supporting his content needs at his live events all around the world. From that point on, I knew that I was here to help others. I have since gone on to earn a Yoga Teacher Certification (RYT-200) and Jungian Life Coaching Certification (ICF Certified).
I bring everything I have learned into my coaching services to offer you my creative combination of intuitive, spiritual aliveness coupled with masterful, strategic leadership skills. I warn you, this work can be especially powerful when you choose to intentionally step into the fire of transformation.
Share a specific time you encountered an obstacle and describe how you overcame it.
What’s unique about coaching is that every “obstacle” is truly an opportunity for growth, for both me and the client.
One of my clients used to have a challenge showing up for our sessions. At first, I didn’t know how to help him, he was a busy business owner, and it really did seem that maybe coaching just wasn’t going to work with his schedule. He had hired me to support him because he was struggling to show up and be present in his intimate relationships. I saw this same issue showing up in our coaching dynamic.
I stepped back for a moment. I asked myself: How can I best serve this client?
And then it all clicked – I realized, this is his ego resistance showing up, and his truest most self does want to change. If he couldn’t show up for his relationships, then it makes sense he couldn’t show up for our sessions. I brought this to his awareness, and I encouraged him to use our sessions as a playground to explore that. Having this safe space to explore it, he was able to breakthrough his inability to maintain his commitments and be on time for our sessions. In turn, his relationships started to shift.
This came from me choosing love over fear. I called him out and held him accountable, but in a graceful and strategic way. This is something I find not many of us learn how to do, meaning not knowing how to maintain love and connection with one another while holding standards and boundaries for one another. Coaching especially provides a playground for developing and practicing these skills.
Share a short story about your best (or favorite) case study.
Emotions are powerful and can often be misunderstood by ourselves and others.
One of my clients came to me for support because she felt disconnected from herself, unable to access her feelings. We started off working together to help her to build a safe container inside of her body and then exploring through mind-body exercises some of her emotions at a pace that was right for her. We worked on giving her emotions value, to embrace them as a part of her, and to accept and welcome them.
Working with her for 6 months in a coaching container, I watched her blossom. During one of our sessions, I was guiding her through a mind-body exercise where she was allowing herself to release her pain through her tears. Coming out of the exercise, she was reflecting and realized that when we first had started working together that crying was not something that she was able to do. And in that moment, she fully embraced how far she had came in our journey together. She was shining so bright in how she was able to love herself in what she was feeling. She came to understand that her emotions were actually her superpower and that she no longer needed to avoid them. They had important information for her.
This is one of my absolute favorite moments working with a client because she was absolutely stunning in her vulnerability and in her self-acknowledgement. She freed herself.
What advice would you give the “20-Year-Old-You” who’s eager to start in life?
If I could go back and tell my “20-Year-Old-Me” one piece of advice, it would be this: Trust Yourself.
Looking back, I can see where there were times I only looked outside of myself for answers of what I should do with my life. I think it is hard when we are young – we might want to fit in, do the “right” thing, or even please our parents. I would encourage my younger self to connect with her heart and to follow what makes her come alive. To trust that when she keeps choosing herself that she will find what she is looking for. And most importantly, that there are no mistakes, only lessons.
Please describe a monumental time in your life that you’ll never forget.
When I hit my rock bottom, it wasn’t pretty. I was lost, I was confused, I didn’t know what to do. I remember I started to open up more to people about my struggles as I was desperate for help. A close friend of mine connected with his mom who is a coach. I had never done coaching before, and I figured I had nothing to lose. She agreed to meet with me to chat over tea. I was so nervous, and I remember sitting down with her for the first time. The way she looked at me in my eyes – it was one of the only times I ever really felt “seen.” I felt so safe, and I poured my heart out to her. She received me with such love, and she said something that struck me to my core. That no matter what I had been through or what happened to me that I am divine perfection. These words cut through to my soul, these sweet words of truth. She then invited me to join her to meditate at a nearby meditation center.
That day, I experienced the deepest meditation of my life. There was a weight lifted off my heart, as I came to feel extremely connected to more beyond myself. My consciousness expanded and shifted in a way that left a huge imprint on me from that day forward. It was highly profound. I left that meditation center feeling joy, for what felt like the first time in my life. I was amazed that meditation could help me to tap into this feeling that was so new for me. I felt limitless. This moment forever changed me.
There is so much power in deeply “seeing” one another. I pay this forward through my coaching services.