About The Gounaris Group

Welcome! I am Kathleen.

Hi, I am Kathleen. Whatever brought you to visit my website, I welcome you!

I am passionate about the art and science of psychology, leadership and mindfulness. Through both my work and my website, I strive to offer the most current, evidence based approaches and thought leadership in positive psychology, neuroplasticity, mindfulness, and resiliency.

What brings any of us to different crossroads in life? I believe it is a bit of fate, mixed with a dose of free will, and the invisible hand of serendipity along the way. I am not convinced of the notion of a “master plan”. Rather, I believe it evolves from our openness and motivation to create the future – the meaning we desire in our careers, in our relationships, and in our wellness.

In my own path, I have faced a variety of doors to open, to close, or to just explore. Adamant as a teenager that I would become a federal prosecutor, I studied political science and psychology as an undergraduate at NYU. My experiences in the judicial system clarified my true curiosity and passion – the spectrum of human behavior.

Early in my career, I worked in Human Resources at Goldman Sachs. Despite returning to graduate school to become a psychotherapist, my time on Wall Street sparked a life long fascination about the intersection of our “outer” world (career, organizations, money) and our “inner” world (beliefs, emotions, stress).

And so, I combined it all. My dissertation was on the psychology of money – in the stock market and in our relationships. I leverage positive psychology and neuroplasticity in my executive coaching, while also studying the company strategy and culture. Most recently, I began working with high achieving adolescents, integrating leadership with a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program. Early in my career, I had the good fortune to work with amazing colleagues and clients at two global consulting firms. I focused on large talent programs, organizational change initiatives, executive team coaching, and assessment of C-Suite executives.

When I had my first child in 2007, I transitioned to a private consulting practice to enjoy raising my children, to spend less time as a road warrior, and to build a balanced lifestyle that included my own wellness. I still commit to client work judiciously, ensuring that I am fully present and not spread too thin (always a work in progress!).

Personally, I greatly enjoy the outdoors, a spectrum of fitness pursuits (yoga, hiking, biking), and the world of mindfulness. I love fun, adventurous trips to new places with my family. Mostly, I savor time for simple pleasures like a walk in the woods or movie nights with my husband, daughter, son, cats and dog.

I am still in love with the field of psychology, and strive to spread its knowledge through my readers. I hope you find my website helpful and thought provoking.

Wishing you well,

Areas of Expertise

  • Health & Wellness – Executives and Organizations
  • Assessment & Development Programs for C-Suite leaders and senior executive teams
  • Seasoned Executive Coach – Onboarding, Transitions, Executive Impact
  • Emerging Leaders & High Potential Talent
  • Development of Executive Women
  • Psychology of Money & Behavioral Finance
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Civility Cultural Initiatives & Psychological Health of the Workplace
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Teens & Tweens


  • PsyD & MBA:  5 Year Joint Degree in Clinical Psychology (Doctorate) & Business (focused on Non Profits and Healthcare) – Widener University
  • BA, Political Science & Psychology, New York University

Associations & Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania
  • Member: American Psychological Association (APA), Division of Consulting Psychologists
  • Member:  The Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists
  • Certified in Hogan Assessments
  • Certified FIRO-B as well as The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T)
  • Youth Sports Coach (Girls on the Run, Volleyball)
  • Sleep Advisory Group – Phoenixville Area School District

Professional Summary

Business & Financial Psychologist, executive coach, and wellness expert with diverse consulting experience in human behavior, organizational systems, and behavioral economics. 

Professional Experience

  • 20+ years in assessing and developing talent and teams, from C-Suite executives through next generation/emerging leaders
  • Industry experience: entertainment and luxury brands; financial services; PR/Communications; Energy; Healthcare and Pharmaceutical.
  • 10+ years operating as a senior level consultant at two global management psychology firms, focused on large scale talent and culture change initiatives
  • Consultant to financial services industry on Wealth Psychology, Behavioral Finance, and Executive Coaching for finance professionals
  • Adjunct Professor at graduate level in both psychology and business
  • Responsible for training and supervising many business psychology consultants and executive coaches in assessment skills and coaching  
  • Keynote/Workshop Experience:  Psychologically Healthy Organizations; Stress/Time Management; Health & Wellness Habits; Psychology of Wealth
  • Contributor to professional journals; expert guest on NPR

A man who flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.

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