Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenaé Kama.
Hi Jenaé, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I’ve always been interested in human behavior and understanding the full spectrum of human emotions. I can remember being a child, and the first time I learned that someone could cry from happiness, thinking that was strange. During my childhood, my mother was very open with her emotions and was intentional about making sure my sister and I grew up with a high level of empathy. I also lost my father at a young age, and as painful as it was, I learned a great deal about the spectrum of grief and joy, and my interest in human behavior became magnetized. I learned that human motivation is often driven by emotions, and I learned to listen in a way where I was hearing the emotion behind the details of the story (in many cases). At some point, I discovered that the questions I would ask people brought them insight, and that sparked my pursuit of a career in coaching.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I would guess that most people answering this question will say, “no, it has not been a smooth road.” Sometimes it’s a smooth stretch of brand-new pavement, and other times it’s incredibly bumpy with potholes and twists and turns and random animals or people walking into your path, causing you to slam on the breaks… The struggles along my path have predominantly shown up as self-doubt and fear of being judged. I also know that those are obstacles I dance with; sometimes they are intense, and other times, barely there; I just know that if I had given up when I wanted to, I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I wouldn’t have helped as many people as I have. If I had given up when I wanted to, I would have denied myself the emotional and spiritual growth that is necessary in life.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a transformation coach; I work with individuals with specific goals (career, relationship, etc.), and I work with people who don’t know what they want, but they know they want to change the way they are living. My techniques are focused on the individual taking radical responsibility for themselves and their path. What sets me apart from others is that I am quite neutral – my spiritual beliefs are not better than anyone else’s, and I will never try to change what someone believes about spirituality (or non-spirituality); my only goal is to facilitate change in the way they see themselves and the way they experience their personal power. I’m somewhere in the middle of a traditional therapist and a spiritual healing coach. I am not a licensed therapist, but I have a deep interest in psychology (with an undergraduate degree from UCLA) and over 20 years of life experience mentoring friends, family members, and clients.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I observed heightened emotions throughout the pandemic, and fear was very common. While there are good reasons to be afraid, it’s not good for our minds or bodies to live in a constant state of fear. The need for coaching, mentoring, and therapy skyrocketed during the pandemic. I’m glad these modalities are more accepted now than before 2020 because I believe everyone benefits from some form of mentorship or therapy at least once during their lifetime – I have been to a traditional therapist, hypnotherapist, and an empowerment coach during different phases of my life, and I am incredibly grateful for them all.
- I give free 30-minute consultations
- Website: jenaekama.com