Catherine Wood Washington, District of Columbia
Executive Coach, Life Coach, Entrepreneurship Coach
Affiliate, Graduate and Certified Coach of Accomplishment Coaching
Catherine A. Wood is the Founder and Head Coach of Unbounded Potential LLC, a personal coaching firm dedicated to helping rising star performers and entrepreneurs who want to make a lasting change in their personal lives and a difference in their communities. She helps her clients deeply connect with who they are and fall in love with themselves so they can give up perfectionism, take bolder actions, push past their fears, and get bigger results in the direction of their dreams. A visionary, entrepreneur and world traveler, clients have referred to her as a guardian angel for their dreams.
As an executive life coach, she is passionate about supporting her clients in gaining clarity around their personal and professional goals, identifying their blocks, and unleashing their potential. Catherine is highly regarded for her insights and ability to hone in on her clients’ challenges while championing new behaviors and powerful results.
With more than 9 years of experience working in international development and in the public sector before transitioning to coaching full-time, Catherine thrives in multicultural environments requiring effective communication and strong leadership. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from the Dominican Republic with fluency in Spanish.
Catherine holds B.A.s in Economics and Latin American Studies from Fordham University and an M.B.A. from Florida International University. She holds a certificate in Financial Planning from the University of Virginia. Catherine earned her coaching certification from Accomplishment Coaching where she currently serves as a mentor coach for coaches in training and holds the designation of Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.
Catherine has 24 reviews.
I had the pleasure of meeting Catherine while I was a graduate student in Washington, DC. She spoke to my class shortly before graduation, and she made such an impact on me in the way she helped us quickly and efficiently define our goals, that I started to follow her on LinkedIn and attend her events, like the inaugural LadyBoss event she held in Virginia last spring. Catherine has the unique talent of being both a great listener and observer of human character. She can help you quickly identify your strengths, reflect on your goals and then devise a realistic game plan to reach these goals. In order to help me find my first job, she connected me with several clients who worked in the field and were able to mentor me and offer me work. From the supportive and inclusive (and loyal!) community of clients she's built up, it's clear that Catherine's generous spirit and passion for helping others through her life's purpose of coaching has already had an enormously positive impact on the DC community!Dani Prieur, Journalist, Washington, D.C.
Catherine has committed herself to helping lives change for the better and you don't have to look any further than her clients and colleagues to see that she's serious! I am friends with a few of her clients and they attribute MUCH of their success to their work with her. That speaks volumes. I've known Catherine for years now and have enjoyed watching her journey as she found a way to use her gifts to not only build a thriving business but truly help others!Derilyn Freeman, Financial Professional at Prudential Advisors, Washington, D.C.
When I decided to hire a coach, I talked to 5 different coaches but then came upon one—Catherine Wood—who really challenged me with the things she said, the questions she asked, and the way she was. Our first conversation gave me a strong belief that she would be a very valuable ally as I embarked on my journey as a career dancer.
When I went into coaching, I was kind of expecting someone that would challenge all of the decisions that I made and tell me what I should and shouldn’t do. But anyone who knows anything about coaching knows that’s totally not it. My expectation was off, but it turned out to be a lot more helpful than I thought it would be because coaching is all about you (me). I already have everything I need and I just have to manifest that and embody that and believe in myself, and learning that was super important for me.
Being able to believe that you have something to offer and that you’re valuable, that’s where so many people get stuck because you look at everyone else who is already a success and think you’re not good enough. But you can’t compare yourself to professionals as a beginner. We all had to start somewhere, and if you never start then it’s not going to happen. I think coaching helps you get there, and that is really important.
One of the most powerful things I learned during coaching with Cat is that you can’t choose from fear. You must choose from commitment. You have to go much deeper than the words—you must learn how to internalize it and then actually state out loud what choosing from commitment means to you.Alex Milewski, Founder of Block 1750, Boulder, CO
I would say that gaining confidence in my abilities really started coming out when I started coaching with Cat. The life coaching side of it was what I needed, that little extra push in my business so that I was confident in myself. I feel like I was faking it until I could make it; that’s essentially what I was doing, and I was good at it. I was good at copying what everyone was doing, but I don’t think I realized that I was capable of figuring it out on my own and actually creating a totally separate path that other people could follow behind me, and with Cat I really unlocked those fears and was able to find that confidence in my abilities.
When I went into coaching with Cat, I thought I’d see a few changes. I thought it would help push me just a little further than what I was doing, enough essentially to get to where I was hoping to get closer to my small leap goals. The smartest thing I ever did was a sample session with Cat to talk about my business and what my goals were and putting it into action. She is awesome at holding you accountable, which is exactly what I needed even though I did not know that until she sat down with me and really held me to what I said I was going to do. And because of that, I’ve pushed my limits, I’ve pushed past my comfort zone and I feel stronger and happier and healthier in my life, my personal life and my business, and I just can see so much more potential in myself than I ever saw before, and it’s all thanks to coaching with Cat.
I have such a better perspective on myself as well as way more confidence in myself than I ever had. I don’t think I ever really realized what people thought of me, and I think I had a lot more negative voices in my head than I originally realized I had; I just thought it was something you had to live with and kind of just power through. But in working with Cat I’ve started to understand why I say those things, how not to be brought down by those awful feelings or thoughts or untrue notions about myself. And all of those components have made me a stronger entrepreneur and stronger in my personal relationships, as well as just feeling more confident in myself and being a leader of other individuals and being somebody who inspires other people, which I don’t think I realized how much I could do until I had done this. It’s totally changed my relationship to myself. I don’t think I expected that to actually come out of it, and it’s been a wonderful surprise.Kerilynn Vigneau, Associate Partner & Personal Stylist at J. Hilburn, Washington, D.C.
Catherine, I knew I had to hire her when she had me squirming in my chair in our first meeting. Her insightful questions assured me she had the skills to both perceive and make me address my thought processes that were restraining my progress. In two short months she has managed to walk me through my internal noise into a stride of actively creating the future I want. Her intuitive ability to read past your statements and lead you to your true stumbling blocks is amazing and incredibly valuable. What an excellent return on my investment.Larry Dupuis, Massage Therapist, Washington, D.C.
Catherine has a special ability to inspire people to follow their dreams and to take risks that they never thought were possible. After one conversation with Catherine, you will be overcome with a sense of purpose and decisiveness. Catherine deeply cares about helping people see the talent they have to offer to the world. It has been wonderful experience learning from Catherine's leadership style and how it translates to her work as a Life Coach. If you are looking for a Life Coach that personable, always prepared, and driven to help her clients achieve their objectives, I highly recommend working with Catherine!Edgar Ndjatou, Partner at McCree Ndjatou PLLC, Washington, D.C.
Catherine is one of the most amazing people I have ever met and worked with. She is the life coach who lets you know and believe that anything is possible. I worked with Catherine after quitting my job as an attorney. My goal was to grow my fashion business and also become a life coach. Within six months of working with Catherine, I had doubled my fashion business growth and revenue, and enrolled in a great ICF certified life coaching program.
Catherine supported me every week in shifting my context from hobbyist business woman to boss lady CEO. From setting daily and weekly goals and priorities, to creating an environment that supported my growth and transformation, Catherine offered me the right support that allowed my ideas to grow and flourish. I made the transition to exactly who and what I wanted to be, and doing exactly what I love doing.
Catherine cares about people. Being a life coach is not a job for Catherine. It is a way of life. Helping and supporting others, and being a realistic and enthusiastic supporter comes naturally to Catherine. She sees your potential, and allows you to grow into full potential, all while enjoying the journey, and creating an awareness of what is truly possible for your life. I 100% enjoy working with Catherine, and credit her with my incredible transformation as a woman, mother and business woman. She helped me gain perspective of what it means to fully take charge of my life and my career to create amazing possibilities.
I highly recommend choosing Catherine if you are looking for a life coach that will support you, and bridge that gap from where you are to where you want to go.MiMi Dabo, Founder of Miatta MiMi, Washington, D.C.
I would recommend anyone to sit down with Catherine. She's a an honest and genuine person that helps people find their passion(s) in life. Catherine is her own success story and wants to share what she learned with other people.Matt S., Sterling, VA
One meeting with Catherine and you will see her immediate impact on taking your confidence and success to the next level. She is so easy to talk to and asks all the questions I never would have asked myself.If you want to propel your career, love life, or level of happiness you really need to sit down for a session with Cat and see what a difference she can make for you.Heather Leiss, Washington, D.C.
Cat has really helped me rediscover the joy in my work; she’s transformed the way I relate to it, and to myself.Olivia, Berlin, Germany
Catherine is a stellar coach. She is perceptive, understanding and a spark of true joy. Catherine has helped me see my financial life as a healthy, emotionless, thriving creation of my own. She supports my goals and always stands for me at my fullest expression. If you would like to create financial freedom in your life, or make the impossible happen in your business, Catherine would be an ideal coach to create the synergy you want to get to the next level. Thanks Catherine for personifying serenity!Alyson Wagner, Rockville, MD
Catherine’s skill and insightfulness helped me to get on the right path to success as well as identify roadblocks that were keeping me from moving forward. At a time of unexpected changes, she was invaluable at helping me organize priorities and follow through with them. I can’t emphasize enough how much I have benefited from her guidance.Patricia H, Washington, D.C.
After struggling to make the decision to hire a life coach for several months, I can say after the fact that I’m so happy I did. Catherine is a warm, kind, and insightful coach. She will help you to set and achieve your goals without judgment on the process that it takes to get there. She is supportive and caring, and someone I genuinely looked forward to speaking with for our calls. While working with Catherine, I successfully hosted my first yoga workshop and laid out the plans to do several more throughout the year. If you’re willing to do the work, Catherine is an excellent guide to support you through that journey.Whitney Patterson, Yoga Instructor, Washington, D.C.
I have had some fears that developed from some very scary life experiences 8 years ago and I was finding that I was still carrying these fears today. I wanted to let go and release them as I found they were paralyzing me and creating limited visions for my family members. Catherine worked with me to get me to a state of completion around this. I was able to form some practices that have helped me dismiss my fears and create a more empowering story around the future. In addition to her life coaching, her established career in finance has contributed to her success as a business and financial coach. She has a way that creates an extremely comfortable and secure feeling around some very challenging money conversations.Jill D, Annapolis, MD
Catherine is an excellent life coach and I highly recommend her to anyone looking to reach their true potential. She gently guides her clients in a positive and fulfilling direction. In making the initial plans to run my own business, she pointed out ways in which I can maximize my time and my potential to reach that goal.
Catherine worked with me to see things from a different angle, which is extremely important for personal growth. I’m sure that Catherine will continue to flourish as a life coach, and highly recommend her.Brian Eddy, Beverly, MA
Setting clear goals that are true to you, creating a clear path to meet those goals, and staying on that path are sure ways to success and happiness. Finding and navigating that path is much easier with a trusted and experienced coach. Catherine is the right coach! I don't know if it's her ability to ask the right questions, or because she is so easy to speak with, but she is incredible at helping you shed the light on the path that is right for you. If you feel stuck, it's time to meet Cat.Johnny S., San Francisco, CA
Catherine is the real deal! I cannot think of a better life coach who can totally understand where you are coming from. She provides excellent strategies and tactics to help you go where you want to go, and she will be checking in with you to ensure you are hitting your marks! If you are considering a life coach (which everyone does need one), then I highly recommend Catherine Wood!Eric K., Annandale, VA
Working with Cat over the past year I am amazed at the journey I have taken. Cat helps people move out of their own way and really go after the things they want in life. It took me a long time to learn that I needed to be able to live in the present and that it was OK to take time from work to enjoy life, family, and hobbies. In our first 30 minute conversation I already had multiple changes to takeaway and implement in my life. Some of those things as small as adding music to my morning routine because it would make me happier, and those small things really add up! Eventually the way you face the day, your challenges, and the decisions you make are altered in such a positive way. Over the past year I was accepted into the MBA program of my choice (with a scholarship) which I had previously been afraid to apply for, I received a major award at work for my performance, and I took the time to take vacations with my family (previous year I didn't take any). I cannot recommend Cat enough, it is amazing the progress you can make having her in your corner.Eric Lowney, Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Virginia
It was a pure joy to partner with Catherine for 9 months! I found such inspiration in the collaborative relationship we cultivated and I was able to attain (rather than entertain) some of my long-standing goals and dreams.
With Catherine I started to truly believe that I am worthy of my dreams, that “some day” can be “this morning” or “next Tuesday” and that it is possible for me to have it all. This gift of self-worth gave way to opportunities for me that I might have missed without Catherine’s intuitive coaching.
Catherine coached me as I took on a leadership role on my team at work and I’ve since requested (and received!) an important promotion. I incorporated weight-lifting and race training into my daily life and am now working towards new goals of running a 10k and competing on stage. I now lead a lifestyle that has room for both my full-time career and ambitious fitness goals. My friendships and family relationships are more honest and richer than they’ve been in a long time, and my marriage is thriving!
While I celebrate big tangible wins like these, in 9 months with coach Cat, I also strengthened mental and emotional muscles, more firmly rooted my spiritual self, and gained financial traction. I believe all of this was possible thanks to Catherine’s brilliant perspective and ability to tailor her coaching to get me to my dreams.Laura Kline-Taylor, Coach, New York City
I highly recommend Catherine as a coach and encourage anyone that’s not living a life they love to speak with her.
I started working with Cat during the summer of 2015 because I had noticed that I wasn’t very comfortable asking people for things. In fact I hated asking people for anything, regardless of the context or relationship, which was hurting my business! After all if you want to do business you have to ask for it. Furthermore you have to put a price on your value, which I was also struggling with!
While working together we have had so many valuable discussions on a range of topics, including many things that I was never aware of but impacted by all of the time. These subjects ranged from discussions regarding confidence and anxiety, to how I approach my life and the lenses through which I see it. For example, we uncovered that I often approach things in a performance context, which can be incredibly negative and self-deprecating, even though I would never, ever treat another person like that. I’m extremely optimistic, so this was a huge surprise to me. Once I was aware of it however, it was shocking how often and how severely I criticized myself. After all, if I would never treat a friend or child or stranger with such harsh thoughts or actions, why would I ever treat myself like that? And yet I’ve been doing it for a very long time without ever realizing it.
Cat has been helping me acknowledge this behavior as well many others, then practice the things that I should be doing so that I’m at my best and truly enjoying each day. As someone that doesn’t want my life to go by without loving it, this is crucial and powerful for me. Knowing this, I highly recommend Catherine as a coach and encourage anyone that’s not living a life they love to speak with her.Skyler, Small Business Owner, Washington, DC
Over the 12 months of our coaching relationship, Cat served as a guardian angel for my dreams. She was an unbiased observer who stood for my greatness and represented love, openness, and opportunity. Working with Cat, I went after my commitments like never before, shifted my views around almost every area of my life, and stopped letting “how” block my action. My life was transformed many times over. Cat—thanks for being such an amazing mentor, coach, and woman.Megan Taylor Morrison, Small Business Owner and Coach, Arlington, VA
I appreciated how you motivated me. I tend to be really hard on myself, often putting myself down for things I mess up on or do not accomplish. You did the exact opposite. You encouraged me and congratulated me on what I did right and worked with me to figure out why I don’t follow through on certain plans or projects.
Truthfully, my life is not drastically different, but I am. I’m at a much better place emotionally now than when we first started. I was in a new city, just out of an old relationship, in a new position at work, and I didn’t know what to do. I had high hopes, but not a clue how to begin or how to get out of the rut I felt I was stuck in. I loved how you motivated me to do the things that I had decided I wanted to accomplish. You helped me to organize my ideas and goals and put together an outline of how to achieve them. After each session, I felt empowered, like my eyes were opened to the tools I already had and needed to take the next step. It was like the impossible wasn’t so impossible anymore.Khandle H, International Educator, Santiago, Chile
When I first started life coaching, I was pretty morose about my work life. I felt stuck, like I wasn’t progressing in my career. I was overwhelmed with expectations, both those I set for myself and what I thought were others’ expectations. I felt like I wasn’t sure who I was anymore. The professional me acted wooden, seemed constantly fearful—of doing something wrong and/or being discovered as a fraud incapable of doing her job, and was constantly on edge, leading me to be quite testy.
Catherine helped me to identify the root cause of these problem areas, which was my unspoken belief that I wasn’t good enough. This self-limiting belief not only affected the way that I showed up in the workplace but also how I related to others in my personal life.
To help me build my self love and feelings of confidence, Catherine gave me various exercises, such as brief questionnaires for family and friends, which helped me to see my strengths as well as tap into areas of improvement. From powerful mantras to great tools, like the coaching project design method, Catherine armed me with all sorts of useful information and tricks to boost my self-esteem and move me closer to my goals.
Besides coaching on a better way to relate to oneself, a more loving way to treat oneself, Catherine constantly challenged me to try new things and to reach for the stars. I didn’t believe many things were possible for me before I started life coaching. I was afraid of failure and judgment.
Challenging myself and taking on activities that I found intimidating were very healing and confidence boosting. I wanted to be able work on bigger projects and wasn’t sure how to broach the topic. For a while I simply waited and hoped my boss would offer a new and important project to me. Catherine pointed out that I could always ask for what I felt I deserved. Asking for what I felt I deserved was something I’d never really done before because it dawned on with repeated sessions that I didn’t honestly feel like I deserved very much.
Another very helpful aspect of Catherine’s services is that she helped me to identify my patterns of thinking and acting. I have this thing where I go into “panic mode.” Envisioning a more self-assured, self-loving person, I realized that being self-loving means trusting yourself and knowing that the answers are within you.
The girl who sought life coaching was sad, frustrated, and pessimistic. The person I am now is someone who has a much more loving relationship with self. I am now a person who is committed to taking on any challenge because I know that I can do it. I am much more self-aware. I recognize the familiar, comforting, and unproductive things that I may do in times of high stress and try not to do them. I view myself more as a team member than an individual who is just trying to keep afloat in the workplace. I am gentler with myself, no more being hard on myself. I see my gifts and the ways in which I can use these gifts to make my life and others’ lives better. I am no longer shy about asking for what I think I deserve. I am more myself at work. I care less about what others think and how they will receive my messages. I know and will constantly remind myself that I am good enough, I am smart enough, and I am beautiful enough.Catherine P, Editor, Washington, DC
Working with Catherine as my coach for a year has been a transformational experience. I have been consistently working on uncovering my blind spots over the last decade, and working with her had me really look and see how much is still there for me to uncover. One of the things that powerfully shifted for me out of working with her was to notice how much I approach life from a view of ‘I’m right’ and ‘other people are wrong,’ and to look at how I can be responsible for creating win/win relationships around me. My top two most rewarding experiences working with her have been in creating myself as the source of my life, and also in being vulnerable as an access to having deep, meaningful relationships. The greatest win out of working with Catherine has been the freedom that I have experienced in my relationship with my wife, in discovering where we have areas to develop and then jumping in and developing them! Catherine is amazing!Zach Wineman, Coach and Sign Language Interpreter, Washington, DC