Catherine May

 

A few years ago, I gave up writing & telling linear-chronological-bios whenever asked about who I was.
I realized how circular (my) life has been, still is, always will be, events showing up informing my past more than my present, and then looping into the future in a way that only my present could dictate, depending on how free or burdened, grounded & metabolized all I had been through turned out to be.
And no matter what, always starting again.

Below are a few things that have deeply informed my fabric.

Life

Solo & fully Independent Entrepreneur in NYC.
(founder & owner of Maison May – Solo business owner for 18 years & counting)
Leadership, Self-motivation, Resilience, Creativity, Humility, Success & Failures.

New Yorker
(Arrived in the city at age 22)
Adaptation, Fast thinking, Agility, Awareness

Single Motherhood
(Raised solo 2 boys who are now young men – while running 2 businesses in NYC)
Humility, Dedication, Endurance, Selflessness, Integrity, Individuation rather than individualism.

Therapy
14 years of steady, regular & deep work
Shadow Work, Humility, Honesty, Endurance, Managing crisis & discomfort, Transformation, Individuation.

Trilingual
French – Mother tongue
English – 2nd Mother tongue…
Spanish – for the love of it- understand it fluently. Speak reasonably
Connection, emotional fluency & elasticity

Certifications

Certified Professional Coach (Leadership That Works)
Internal Family System Informed (6 modules of Part Works with Guthrie Sayers)
BreathWork Facilitator (Breath Liberation Society)

Most Recent Trainings

Dream Work Shop
(Martha Crawford)

ProcessedWork
(Andy Mindell)

Relational Mindfulness
(Nina simon – Deborah Eden Tull)

Somatic Abolitionism
(Resmaa Menakem)

Breathwork Facilitation
Breath Liberation Society

Internal Family Systems
Guthrie Sayen

Non Violent Communication

Healing Trauma Program
(Jeffrey Rutstein)

Testimonials

“Finding myself at a crossroads in my career and in my life I knew I needed guidance, but I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to work with Catherine. It has been an incredible journey so far. Catherine’s ability to listen, and I mean really listen, and offer insight is powerful and life changing however you have to be ready to do the work and Catherine was very clear about this from the start always keeping me on track, pushing me forward with every session. In a few short months I have more confidence and clarity than I have had in a very long time.”

S.B. - NYC

“For the past months, Catherine has provided me with immeasurable support. Our relationship is one of deep trust without fear of judgment, of honesty delivered with great care and compassion. In a manner that is always affirming, she guides me to reframe the issue I am struggling with, which invariably sets in motion a breakthrough, and has enabled incredible personal growth. I cannot recommend her highly enough - she truly is a lifesaver.”

A.B. - NYC -

“The work I have done with Catherine has been incredibly rewarding, and continues to bring positive change in both my personal and professional life. Embarking on a personal development journey is daunting, but Catherine is a positive, compassionate and wise guide. She intuitively adapts her process to the conversation and truly decodes what is being said to create actionable steps to reach your goals, and find a new level of well-being. I really appreciate her deep knowledge of the healing arts, self-development tools and philosophy. She never tries to push a particular framework on you if it doesn’t resonate, it feels like a journey we take together rather than a didactic exchange. She keeps it real; she is not a guru but an insightful guide and a kind ear (and she knows when to have a good laugh). Above all, I have the utmost respect for her integrity. Our work together continues to help me push myself towards a more realized version of myself. (Bonus points: she can seamlessly coach in both French and English.)”

Flora Guillon - NYC -

“First, Catherine has a voice, the voice, that is present to initiate the dialogue, to keep it going, little by little, step by step, smoothly and determined, during & in between the sessions. She is very warm, joyful yet serious, always, compassionate. Then she really has a total physical presence that you can feel, even over the phone & thousands miles away, through her way of listening & her heart. She has tons of energy & good vibes. Catherine is dedicated to full extent of the woman that I am, with her lights & shadows, her doubts & certainties and she does so while honoring who she is and how she got here. Working with her, feels like entering a whole new community.”

Isabelle Viatte - Paris -

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