What past clients are saying

Thank you Kelli from the bottom of my heart

I came to the experience of coaching in an unusual way. At the time, I was very unwell and unhappy with my ability to anticipate the future. I knew, however, that I needed to find a path that honored the life I did have, and not the one I still longed for. From the very first conversation with Kelli, I felt at ease. She became a safe place for me in which I embarked upon the greatest soul-work of my life.

 I have experienced the benefit of energy work and various models of counseling throughout my lifetime.

I have never had a more powerful and trans-formative experience than I did with Kelli.

I can say months later after completing our work, that I am a different person today.

 In our work I cultivated self-acceptance and compassion. Having worked first on myself, this now extends naturally to everyone else, even strangers. Beyond the soul-work, which I place the greatest value upon, I also determined a new life path for myself that involved going to graduate school for counseling and starting a business of my own.

 Kelli has a gentle, knowing spirit. She is an “old soul”. She may use tools to inform her work, but her true genius is her intuitiveness, which brilliantly guides the work. Kelli sees the client’s full potential, which likely exceeds your own vision, but can be realized with work.

I applaud Kelli for the respect, warmth and honesty she brought to the coaching experience. Thank you Kelli from the bottom of my heart.


Stacy Shuman, Entrepreneur

like a beautiful haiku

I was in search mode to help reorient my creative path. Aware of my professional goals but feeling stalled on a “success plateau”, I was seeking assured guidance to help rise past my own watermark. But having always been self-reliant in my independent creative efforts, I was daunted by the needle in the haystack prospect of finding the right person to work with. That’s why I feel blessed for having found Kelli.

Her focus and heart philosophy immediately resonated with me. I soon realized as we began our work together that my professional progress was inextricably connected to my personal belief systems and that this work would not be cosmetic but something much deeper. With each session, I felt positive shifts taking shape in my life- not just at the edges but finding their way into my core. Discovering and articulating my foundation of values-what makes me tick and fuels my path- while learning to become my own best ally, was a literal game-changer for me. Step by step, through commitment and a growing sense of fearlessness I was achieving new levels of professional success with my theatre company, but even more importantly, I was starting to live the kind of life that I had only allowed to exist in my mind’s eye. Through our coaching partnership, I have gained a deeper holistic sense of my true life purpose and developed a concomitant well of kindness towards myself and others. My vocational passion for my creative work has not only been rekindled, but set ablaze, thanks to Kelli’s coaching expertise.

Kelli Cotner has been an invaluable guide; like a beautiful haiku, she has the ability to distill down to the poetic essentials
towards a path of possibility and true promise.


Kevin Augustine, Puppeteer

a light for self discovery

I have heard it said, “you have all the answers within you, you just need to remember them”. 

I have found this to be true and yet, remembering the answers is like finding a needle in a hay stack. They are there, deep within each of us, locked away under years of life that have covered our deepest core values. Unlocking what stands in the way takes a guide. Someone who can point the way by turning on a light for self discovery.

Kelli has been this guide for me and I will always remember our work together as a sacred contract. I grew more in the year I worked with Kelli than any other time in my life. With each session she brought a sincere interest in my success. She contains the compassion of a saint, the wisdom earned through years of personal development, an uncanny intuition and a lovely sense of humor. And all of this is coupled with the straight shooting, tall in the saddle Texan that she is. What balance!

If you’re feeling stuck and want to do Big Things, Kelli will help you illuminate your path toward fulfillment.

Rob Snyder

challenged me to step outside my comfort zone and GROW!

Kelli was pivotal in my growth over the last few months. I had struggled with frustration about social insecurity, lack of purpose/direction, perfectionist tendencies and a feeling of not making the best of the great opportunities life keeps offering. Having somebody to lovingly hold me accountable and with whom I am able to share openly what is going on was invaluable. Coming together on a regular basis we were able to uncover my values and build upon my strengths to find purpose and inner peace, challenge me to step outside my comfort zone and GROW!

I feel different, have much more clarity about who I am and experience much more enthusiasm and am very very grateful to have such a sensitive, nurturing ally. Thank you for everything, Kelli!


Dorian Iten, Fine Artist

I’ve uncovered so many things over our time


Kelli is an amazing coach! Before I began working with her I was in tears and lacking empowerment in multiple areas in my life. Over 6 months she has helped me to begin realize the life I’ve always wanted. 

I’ve dreamed of helping & loving the world and be used as an instrument for Christ. Well, Kelli helped me get out of my head and see the things that were sabotaging me and made me celebrate my progress and amazing wins, a new thing for me. She never filled in the blank but allowed me the space in the process to identify my own choices, needs, wants, etc.

A rare gem, she is one of the first coaches or counselors that I’ve worked with throughout my life that was really invested in me, my process, and dreams. She really cares. I’ve uncovered so many things over our time that I could go on and on and on, but at the end of the day, Kelli help re-introduce me to me and challenged me to create space in this world for the real me…for that I will be eternally grateful.

Thank you Kelli and I recommend her to any and everyone ready to work on this journey in life and make it yours!


Jinean Robinson, Entrepreneur

My life is a richer and more satisfying existence as a result of our work together.

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I am stronger now, as a result of working with Kelli Cotner as my personal Life Coach than I was before I hired her. I am stronger physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. I have gotten out of credit card debt, lost 28 lbs, gone back to school to make a career change, and I have increased my monthly income by 30%. I have tools to deal with the challenges of everyday life and a deeper level of commitment to myself. I am learning how to create how I want my life to look and feel.

 I take full credit for my efforts but I will say that had I not had the courage to hire and trust working with Kelli, I would not have had the accelerated personal and professional success and achievements in such a short period of time.

Kelli is a truly gifted coach deeply committed to realizing the innate truth, beauty, strength and power of those she coaches and the world community at large. I think we all strive to find our life’s purpose and she has most certainly found hers. She is a committed, strong, loving Coach that stands for me as her client. I am so lucky for our paths to have crossed. My life is a richer and more satisfying existence as a result of our work together.


Niki Duncan, Real Estate Agent

a grounding stone for me

Working with Kelli has been a grounding stone for me.  She is openhearted and truly listens to me, not just to my words but also to what is underneath. She is able to reflect who I really am – one of the greatest gifts we can receive!


Vicki Genfan, Professional Musician

True Nature Life Coaching was a great investment

I write this in the midst of one of the biggest life changes I have undergone in my adult life, and I am so grateful for the support that True Nature Coaching provided in the last 6 months to help me get here. Kelli’s strategies for helping me identify my true values and goals were remarkable, and yet seemed so simple at the time. That is what the process of coaching has been for me: making monumental changes that seemed at the time to be totally natural and logical because they were aligned with the values I had identified as truly important to me.

The consistency of the coaching relationship provided ongoing support for the life changes I was trying to make. No matter how ludicrous and audacious I thought my plans were, Kelli reminded me that they were aligned with my values, and she helped me feel that someone truly believed that what I was trying to do was entirely possible. Kelli’s style of coaching is gentle yet firm. She undergoes a rigorous intake process with her clients, and in addition to the coaching structure, she uses her intuition to provide support and guidance.

She helped me understand that I already had all the answers. True Nature Coaching was a great investment in creating the life I want to live.


Nicole Garneau, Performance Artist

I am much more mindful and aware of each moment

When I started working with Kelli just over a year ago, I was standing still at several crossroads and unable to see past the road blocks keeping me there. Kelli came along and with her natural compassion and intuition and coached me past those roadblocks. She helped me move on to creating the life I have in mind.

 Within the first few sessions, the rewards of committing to this process became very obvious. I’ve been able to see my life with a greater clarity than I have in a long time, as my values and beliefs have come into much better view.

Because Kelli is a gifted listener and has at times gone “above and beyond,” I have been able to achieve amazing results in the time that I have been coached by her. The relationships in my immediate circle have improved, I’ve been able to pay off credit card debt, become more focused on health issues and fitness goals, and I am now on my way to being a business owner.

 More amazing to me than the tangible results that I continue to achieve bit by bit, are the indelible marks that a deepened sense of spirituality have on my daily life.

I am much more mindful and aware of each moment, living each moments, and grateful for where I am in this journey.

Kelli Grabbe, Engineer

Kelli is a master at holding sacred space

Kelli is a master at holding sacred space for the exploration and integration of one’s deepest desires. Though I knew in my heart what was next for me, the thought of leaving a successful practice to follow my dream of being a writer/musician was both scary and challenging. Kelli’s compassionate way of providing intentional structures helped me manage this transition seamlessly. I was able to examine limiting beliefs that were not serving me anymore and create new thoughts and patterns in an organic way that held me accountable to my vision for myself.

I am happy to say I am now professionally recording songs that I wrote, feeling great about my life’s direction,
and ready for whatever is next.


Eric Majeski, Singer/Songwriter

This has had a profound impact on my work and life

I was extremely curious about working with a life coach and serendipitously came in contact with Kelli Cotner. After her briefing me on what life coaching entails, I was completely on board. I can say without a doubt that having Kelli as my coach has had a deep, long lasting and meaningful impact in my life. Making a career change at any time is extremely difficult and scary but working with Kelli made the transition feasible and worthwhile. I have been extremely good at building walls around myself and coming up with reasons to not engulf myself in film making.

Kelli helped me get past those hurdles with exercises, deadlines, encouragement and practical tools that will help me achieve what I want most. 

The one aspect from coaching that stands out the most for me on a daily basis is how I speak about myself and my current career transformation.

I can most certainly be my worst enemy with regards to talking about working as a writer/filmmaker but Kelli has helped me own the fact that I am an artist. This has had a profound impact on my work and life.


Ricardo Santos, Filmmaker

It was a real gift to have time and energy solely dedicated to my growth

Working with Kelli has been great! She has helped me to get in touch with my own true goals and purpose, and held me accountable for the goals I chose to set for myself. She was always accepting, kind, and positive, while helping me see sides of things that I wasn’t seeing before. She also helped me see the difference between what I thought was expected of me and what I truly wanted. It was a real gift to me to have time and energy that was solely dedicated to my growth. She never cut me down, not even once, and celebrated all my accomplishments with me.

She is a very safe person to be vulnerable with. I advanced on both professional and personal goals much more than I could have without her support.


Jacqueline May, Artist / Musician

Most importantly she puts YOU before everything.

Before I met Kelli, I felt like I had the cart before the horse. I’ve always been someone who wants to try his hand at everything and have never let fear stand in my way when it comes to new challenges. Of course, challenges have a way of backfiring when you take on too much. Challenges are one thing, allowing your self to make mistakes, to be in the moment, to let go, is another.

When I contacted True Nature Coaching it was with the hope someone would push me in times of doubt. I imagined having a drill sergeant at my disposal that would bark orders at me and motivate me to complete the task. Fortunately that’s not who she is at all. She has given me a whole new perspective and sensitivity toward myself. She’s helped me examine the things I do and why. What I’ve learned is to choose myself, to put my own well being before my goals. To say no, which I’d never realized was something I could do.
To make decisions more carefully.

With her coaching skills and her ability to draw me out, I have felt myself opening up. There is nothing like the feeling of my head clearing in times of stress and finally being able to step back and just exist in the moment. She has helped me examine the choices I make, set goals, plan, be active in the creation of my life’s path. There is a careful sensitivity in how she assists. There is no aggression or any guilt whatsoever. There is a certain kind of accountability present, which, over time, helped me understand what realistic goals are.

Most importantly she puts YOU before everything. This is not just about goals and accomplishment but a sense of well-being.

Kelli is a teacher of practice. You can share your fears, your doubts, reservations and she’ll find a way to assist, and calmly, patiently, direct your energies through things that are blocking you. She acts as a guide and coaches the whole person. She put self-awareness first and helped me realign. My life is not just a long string of goals, but a series of choices, that if you are not careful and present in your decisions, can drag you down and make life unlivable.

If you need help, and this sounds like you- you can’t go wrong with Kelli. I have no regrets. This has become a wonderful tool.

Tim Warner, Cartoonist/Art Teacher

Your life will change.

Imagine you are in one of those old movies where your car breaks down in a remote area in a storm. You trudge out, soaked and disoriented, tired and scared.
Then, yes, a light in the distance.

If you are an artist with these feelings in the world, in yourself, I tell you: Kelli is a light and shelter from this storm.
Her understanding will help arouse in your depths the insights needed to find your way.

Her approach is spacious yet incisive, fresh and enlightening.

What if you encountered a soul very much at home in these storms, a fellow traveler fearlessly waiting to help guide you home?

Your life will change.

Erik L. Writer

helped me remember and reconnect with my own truth

When I met Kelli I was disappointed with myself and with the life I was living.

I had this idea of what a successful artist should look like and in my mind I was falling short.
With compassion and kindness, Kelli helped me realize perfectionist tendencies I had been completely unaware of, and how these tendencies have kept me from exploration and joy.
She helped me acknowledge and celebrate the work I do and gain clarity about what is really important. She also helped me develop a meditation practice which has drastically reduced my stress and opened up a new space in my life.

Kelli was able to hear what I was really saying and reflect back to me a view of myself free from my self-imposed limitations. Her presence and groundedness helped me remember and reconnect with my own truth. I am so grateful to have worked with her.  Thank you Kelli!


Eleanor Kleiner, Singer/Songwriter

She is truly an inspiring human being and deeply gifted life coach

Kelli Cotner is an inspiration. Two years ago, I was looking on the internet for a life coach who could help me choreograph and produce my first dance show. I found her website when I googled “life coaching art woman” and hers was the first to pop up. In her biography I read about a person who is deeply honest with herself, unafraid of the truth, and puts faith in the processes of life – love, pain, art, meditation, humor, and rebellion. We exchanged emails, and she sent me a long list of questions to answer about myself, questions about my dreams and work habits and values. She called me for an initial consultation, to see if we communicated well, and I felt seen and connected to immediately. We set up a schedule of phone calls over the next year, once or twice or sometimes three times a month, which I usually looked forward to! I say usually because Kelli has a way of cutting through the bullshit and getting to the heart of the issue – whether it is about work habits, personal relationships, or self-care – and it was sometimes a challenge to confront those things about myself.

With support and gentle nudging, though, she invited me to open up to some of the harder truths about myself and not turn away from them. And it was especially after those harder conversations, with Kelli being present and holding space for both of us, that I was most grateful for her wisdom and guidance. She reminded me of my values, strengths, and the dreams and I never felt judged by her. With her behind me, I succeeded in choreographing and producing a dance show.

In our year of conversations, Kelli held my light when what I felt was darkness. Even now, a year and a half later, I can return to our email exchanges and the words of wisdom she shared with me and feel seen in a unique and holistic way. She’s an incredible listener, but also very good with words, both in conversation and over email. She acts from her heart, and is truly an inspiring human being and deeply gifted life coach.


Nicola Bullock

True Nature Life Coaching

822 Valley View West Rd.

San Marcos, Texas 78666