Health & Energy Coach Susan James BCC, MSSW, LICSW

Is there an area of your life – stress mastery, health care, nutrition, exercise, spirituality,  life purpose – that needs immediate attention?

I have the lifelong intention of growing, expanding, and becoming more light-filled in ways that will benefit myself and the web of life.   Awareness, mindfulness, compassion, and consciousness are a big part of my 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 conscious awareness with compassion and without judgment.  This ultimately brings about a greater balance (“sattva”) and happiness in life.  Harnessing priorities that inspire intrinsically like personal growth, relationships, and service can bring about remarkable changes.

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 as well.  I then ask for Divine help, do the work to be to where I want to be, and surround myself with people who support me on this  journey of Life.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!

I have always enjoyed working directly with people and animals. The type of mind-body coaching I offer – Health and Energy Coaching – is custom tailored to each person I work with. My role is to facilitate bringing forth the “power, strengths, and inner wisdom” specific to you.

My first career after completing my Master in Social Work evolved into 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.  Having been in social work I recognize a need for a holistic integrative 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!

My journey towards optimal wellness became more  intentional 20 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 mindful self compassion and also be a sponge for learning transformational healing modalities.

I believe that health, wholeness, re-patterning, 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 .

As a board certified Circle of Life health coach and energy healer 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 passions include being in nature,  meditation, yoga, energy & sound healing, breath work, sustainability, animals, embodied movement, travel, Ayurveda, hiking and exploring, earth stewardship, social justice, life long learning, permaculture/growing food, community preparedness, creating sacred art, and deepening meaningful connections. I also am a Team Lead for the Bainbridge Prepares Wellness Team.

Do you desire greater balance or harmony in your life? Consider these questions….

  • 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, heal?

If any of these questions resonate with you, please let me know how I can assist you in your journey. You can reach me via email (, phone (206-972-3530), or this web form. I look forward to speaking with you soon, and I wish you much Love and Light on your sacred journey!


Masters of Science in Social Work, University of Louisville
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Spanish, Baylor University
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), State of Washington
Certified Health and Wellness Coach – Circle of Life Coaching
International Board Certified Coach (BCC), Center for Credentialing & Education
LifeForce Coaching Level III Coach, Deborah King Center
ThetaHealing® Master, ThetaHealing Institute of Knowledge
Medical Intuitive Training – Caroline Sutherland, C.N.C
Level 2 Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner – Awakenings Institute
Certified Emotion Code Practitioner – Dr. Bradley Nelson Emotion Code
Certified Prayer Practitioner – Deborah King Center
Certified Book of Life Specialist – Deborah King Center
Level 5 LifeForce Energy Healing Practitioner – Deborah King Center
Yoga Instructor 500RYT – 8 Limbs Yoga Centers
Yoga Instructor 200RYT – 8 Limbs Yoga Centers
Additional yoga training: Mehtab Benton (Basic Gong playing, Gong Nidra training, Mudra therapy certification), Chiara Guerrieri (Nonviolent Communication), Gary Kraftsov (Cutting the Knot & Yoga and the Autonomic Nervous System), Shari Friedrichsen & Anne Phyfe Palmer (Energetics Practicum), Melina Meza & Baxter Bell, M.D. (Yoga for Healthy Aging; Yin Yoga), Sara Powers (100 hours Insight Yoga Level 1 & 2), Rod Stryker (ParaYoga Nidra), Cheryl Fenner Brown (Yoga Nidra), Claudette Evans (Chanting the Yoga Sutras), Claudette Evans/Chiara Guerrieri (Restorative Yoga).
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Certificate – 18 hours Elana Rosenbom
Hakomi Method
Insight Yoga Level 1 & 2 – Insight Yoga Institute – Integrating Yoga, Buddhism, & Psychotherapy
Permaculture Design Certification –  Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead
Wilderness First Responder Training – 80 hours Remote Medical Institute; 64 hour recertification