About Me

Health & Energy Coach Susan James BCC, MSSW, LICSW

I am an alchemist for love, growth, transmutation, and healing.  We all have the capacity to access our healer within and do our own alchemy.

I am much more aware of what and when I need to ground myself.  Now I have good exercises to calm myself when stressed.  Susan is incredibly open and non-judgmental. Thank you!
~ Stephanie D.

I personally have the life long intention of growing, expanding, and becoming more light-filled in ways that will benefit myself and the web of life we are all connected to.   Awareness and consciousness are a big part of my own personal development work.  The type of wellness coaching I offer entails being empowered to make desired, healthy lifestyle changes through a mode of extreme self care and awareness.  I personally practice this as well because it brings about a greater balance (“sattva”) and happiness in my own life!  Harnessing the values that inspire intrinsically like personal growth, relationships, and service can bring about remarkable changes.

I feel very lucky to have participated in Susan James’ Circle of Life group. Susan is a gifted leader and facilitator. She provided a receptive environment for the sharing of ideas and self-care techniques. At the beginning of each session she asked us to share our successes for the week which helped us to acknowledge the positive. I felt supported and inspired by Susan and the other group members to pursue the focus area of Life Purpose. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by choosing this area I felt excited to create the necessary framework to explore and accomplish my goals.
~ Pauline Simon


I find purpose and great joy assisting others in creating a life that is congruent to their authentic selves.  It is all within YOU; it is just a matter of discovering it!

Coaching and healing is about forward movement in one’s life to bring about positive and long lasting change.  What is it that you want in life, or are there areas of personal wellness you would like to be more successful in?  I regularly ask myself these questions.  Then I get to do the work to be to where I want to be, accompanied and surrounded with people who support me on this miraculous journey of life.

I have always enjoyed working directly with people.  In addition to being a certified Health and Wellness coach, I am an international Board Certified Coach.  I also offer a variety of energy work modalities within the Health and Wellness Coaching.  I am a  Holistic EFT Practitioner, Master of ThetaHealing®  Instructor, LifeForce Energy Healer™, certified Emotion Code™ Practitioner, 200 RYT® Yoga Instructor and a  Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.

I was impressed by Susan’s focus and emotional clarity as I talked about deeply personal and emotional experiences that I’ve had. I felt that she was able to maintain a clarity of vision and accuracy of language as we interacted during the ThetaHealing® session. I look forward to having a session again with Susan one day, and I’ve found myself with lots of healing to integrate into my life after the session ended. The experience was extremely valuable, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
~  Individual client


The type of mind-body coaching I offer – Health and Energy Coaching – is custom tailored to each person I work with.  It can include a Circle of Life™ process which means we evaluate the full spectrum of one’s life, from nutrition and exercise to life purpose and spirituality. My role is to foster this process with you and bring forth the “power, strengths, and inner wisdom” specific to you. The Circle of Life process is holistic including twelve different life areas: Nutrition & Diet, Exercise & Fitness, Stress Mastery, Relationships & Family, Work & Career, Financial Health, Creativity & Play, Health Care, Environment, Emotions & Self Esteem, Life Purpose & Service, and Spirituality with Self Care as an integral part of each life area.

My first career was as a licensed clinical Social Worker.  Besides being a therapist and special needs adoption social worker, the last social work position I held was at Helpline House here on Bainbridge Island.  It is easy for me to maintain my various certifications and social work license since I love learning.   I maintain my license as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) for the state of Washington which requires a Master of Social work, supervisory hours in a clinical practice, and completing 36 “Continuing Education Units” every two years.  Having been in social work I recognize a need for a holistic approach to support lasting change in one’s life.  I have always operated from a “strengths perspective” seeing people as whole, healed, divine beings, with strengths that can propel them to where they want to be.  My passions of health/wellness and self-empowerment are partly what led me to this coaching and healing practice.  One of the greatest challenges that we all face at times in our lives is living a happy, healthy, peace-filled life – one that is balanced, in alignment, full of ease, and more fulfilled!

Going through the Circle of Life process helped me be honest with myself. It is a hands on, proactive approach to positive change! Susan is an avid listener and compassionate.
~ L.P.


My  journey towards optimal wellness became more  intentional 17 years ago after my son was born.  Before that I had neglected my internal well being and self care, so I got a wake up call.   Becoming a Holistic Health and Energy Coach transpired from healing in my own life.  At one point I was challenged with having bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy, a torn meniscus, candida overgrowth, a severe b12 deficiency, and adrenal fatigue – all overlapping in the same year! As I was healing my body from each of these layers, I also healed and rewired my mind and ultimately renewed my spirit.  With every thought we have there is a physical/emotional/mental/ & spiritual impact.  Since then I continue to practice self compassion and also be  a sponge for learning transformational energy healing modalities.

I believe that health, wholeness, repatterning, and healing are accessible to everyone.  My desire is to assist empowering others to experience their lives to the fullest.  Nowadays anyone can call themselves a “coach”.  Being a Board Certified Coach (BCC) means that my work is accredited and validated by an outside body other than myself or my original coaching program.  It also means that I adhere to a strong Code of Ethics.

What an amazing experience our group had doing a Circle of Life exercise with you. I totally see how the only way that someone can “get” what you offer is by experiencing it.

I have to tell you that doing the Circle of Life really impacted me. I can’t tell you how many times since then I’ve thought about the fact that “Life Purpose & Spirituality” came out as strong as they did. For years I was clear that I was fulfilling one of my life’s purposes with my family, but I never felt that about my work. Not until yesterday have I really seen how much that area of my life is now really thriving.

The other huge gift that you offered is to help us focus on how our strengths strengthen our weaknesses. So many of us (certainly I) think that focusing on our weaknesses will help us strengthen them. After lots of years of doing that I can say with authority that that is not how I move forward in my life. Your model is SO MUCH more powerful.

I am grateful that my clients and coaches got to experience that with you.
~ Ann Whitmore



That is why I have completed the certification and training for the Circle of Life Health and Wellness Coaching program as well as attained the International Board Certified Coach credential.  I believe that professional accountability and ethics in any practice are important.  I also get to keep up this “Board Coaching Certification” with 70 continuing education hours every 5 years.  I am continually pursuing new tools, knowledge, and techniques in the area of wellness and coaching.

I have also completed a variety of other trainings in mindfulness and hold a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) certificate from Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW.  I am a LifeForce™ Energy Healing Practitioner, a certified Holistic EFT Practitioner, a certified Emotion Code™ Practitioner, and a Certified ThetaHealer® and Master of ThetaHealing® .

I have also completed a 70 hour Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) at the Bullocks Homestead on Orcas Island and am a WIlderness First Responder. (80 hours through Remote Medical Training Institute).  I am a 200 RYT® yoga instructor originally trained at 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle and am currently in a 500 RYT® yoga teacher training.  As you can see I have an appetite for life long learning.

As a board certified Circle of Life health coach, I can come alongside you as you desire to make improvements to your health, healing, and holistic wellness.  Health & Energy coaching assists in leading you to live your life to the fullest, helping you get the most out of  your life!

Some of my current passions include: being in outside in nature,  meditation, yoga, energy healing, sustainability, animals, expressive movement, travel, Ayurveda, hiking and exploring, earth stewardship, social justice, life long learning, permaculture/growing food, emergency preparedness,  creating sacred art, and deepening meaningful connections.

The accountability, group support, and being able to tailor and revise our weekly goals I enjoyed the most about the Circle of Life group process. Susan provided us with wonderful listening, positive encouragement, and kept us on track, and motivated. We were able to keep feeling good about every little forward movement! She is wonderful!
~ Tricia K.

Consider these questions….

  • Do you desire greater balance or harmony in your life?
  • Do you feel like life is passing you by or moving quickly?
  • Are you having trouble finding time for YOU?
  • Does everyone else come first?
  • Are you wanting to heal yourself and become clearer?
  • Do you know your life purpose?
  • Have you found yourself asking “Is this all there is to life”?
  • Do you remember how to and do you practice play?
  • Are you using your gifts, talents, and skills to the extent you want?
  • Would you like to have peace and joy in your life?
  • Are you willing to take on the challenge of looking inward?
  • Are you ready to change?

If any of these questions resonate with you, please let me know how I can assist you in your journey of holistic wellness. The fastest way to reach me is via email at susan (at) susanjames (dot) me. I look forward to speaking with you soon, and I wish you much discovery, success, and flow on your sacred journey!