About Catherine Schatzel
Catherine’s colleagues & clients describe her as compassionate, insightful, empowering, and supportive. The empathy and understanding that clients experience from Catherine is equally important in developing their trust as is her competence and professionalism. Her heartfelt listening puts her clients at ease, knowing they have an ally to help them work through the professional & personal challenges they face. Clients report a renewed sense of self confidence as Catherine coaches them in creating and carrying out a plan for their future that ensures that the plan is congruent with their inner values, resulting in a consistently high level of client satisfaction & success with the outcome. Her 25+ year volunteer and work history includes working in Human Resources recruitment, staffing, & training; providing support, guidance, and empowerment to anyone seeking a career change whether by choice or circumstance; facilitating workshops and conducting one-on-one counseling to clients attending Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal, providing Vocational/Career counseling for Collaborative Law and litigation divorce cases, and conducting public and private sector Family and Eldercare meditations.
In addition to her private practice clients, Catherine loves working in her garden, sailing, traveling, and getting outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Catherine works with her career clients to identify their passions & skills, and supports them with compassion, empowerment, and sensitivity to analyze their work history in order to determine their skills, strengths, and competencies to create purpose-filled lives and plan their desired career direction. She helps her clients understand their true value and earning potential of their professional qualifications and skills and supports her clients to determine additional education/training needs and associated costs. She provides support in the job search process including resume design, networking skills, interviewing & salary negotiation strategies, support through a divorce or separation, and re-entering the workforce at mid-life.
Catherine is an experienced mediator/facilitator & mentor mediator/coach of complex, diverse, cases including family, divorce, and domestic partner disputes, and Eldercare, often involving difficult parenting, financial, communication, and cultural issues. She has been certified by the Washington Mediation Association (WMA) to mediate conflicts in Consumer, Community, Employment/Personnel, Family (including Eldercare issues), Intercultural Relations/Diversity, and Landlord/Tenant issues. Catherine is also a certified Arbitrator with the Better Business Bureau. She has been a member of the King County Collaborative Law group since 2003 and has provided mediation, facilitation/coaching, and vocational/career counseling services in Collaborative & litigation cases.
Catherine provides a unique perspective, awareness, skills, and passion relating to diversity and multi-cultural issues as she is originally from Argentina, obtaining her U.S. citizenship in 1976.
Training & Facilitation
Catherine has presented a variety of training and facilitation opportunities throughout her career.
She is gifted in providing Communication and Mediation training workshops such as: Intercultural Factors in Mediation, Diffusing Conflict & Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Nonverbal Communication and Facial Expression, Power Dynamics in Collaborative Divorce Cases, and Cooperative Problem Solving.
She is also experienced in conducting a variety of Career workshops such as: Passion Search– An 8 week facilitated group experience in self-exploration guiding students in finding a clear, enthusiastic vision for their future.
Articulating Strengths Together (AST): guiding participants through a series of activities that will give them a list of their most valued personal strengths and practice articulating them.
Dependable Strengths Articulation process (DSAP), DSAP is a rigorous, peer-assisted, group process. Participants reflect on their experiences in life, identify their patterns of strengths, and learn how to talk about their Dependable Strengths® in ways that demonstrate their value to an organization or community. Dependable Strengths are those core strengths that define a person’s special talent for excellence.
Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” trainer.
Some of Catherine’s clients include:
- King County Dispute Resolution Center (KCDRC).
- Snohomish County Dispute Resolution Center.
- King County Collaborative Law Divorce and Civil law practice professionals.
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
- Everett Community Transit.
- A variety of U.S. Government Federal offices including the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in San Antonio, Texas, and Atlanta, GA.
- The U.S. Army military members and their dependents.
- Centerpoint Institute for Life and Work Renewal participants.
- University of Washington (U of W) students and alumni.
- Central Washington University (CWU) Students and Leadership Councils.
- Individuals recently released from prison.
- The Center for Spiritual Living, Seattle, WA.