Dreaming of matching your personal life up with your career accomplishments?
It’s totally possible.
I know it feels impossible right now. You’ve tried ALL THE THINGS to lose weight, quit alcohol once and for all, or end the procrastination. You think you need more willpower in your life. Or that one app that will solve everything. How about another book? As a highly educated person, reading seems like a great idea. But instead, you’re exhausted. Frazzled. Frustrated that all of your typical overachiever ways aren’t working in your daily life.
I get it - I’ve been there myself.
I’m Caitlin Faas, Ph.D. I’m a tenured psychology professor and I’ve been through all of these struggles myself. I kept checking off all the career boxes and climbing the academic ladder without feeling personal fulfillment. I was inhaling mini-Snickers bars and bags of chips in between meetings. I used alcohol as an escape from daily life. I knew I had to take care of my health, but I kept pushing off. I was exhausted and burnt out on the inside. I was completely stuck in my own head.
Then I finally said enough. I needed to get serious.
I lost the weight and kept it off, breaking my cycle of overeating for good. Then I realized I wanted to actually live this one life that I’d been given. No more escaping or hiding from myself through food or alcohol. Hiring my own life coach transformed everything for me. Instead of reading a book and pretending I had changed, I actually showed up for myself. I invested in myself and committed to doing the work of real transformation. I’ve always been a helper and a teacher. Once I did the work myself, I became a certified life and weight coach through The Life Coach School to help others on their journey.
I love coaching overachievers who are ready to do the work for personal transformation.
I see you. You know how to collect the gold stars, be at the top of the pack, and please everyone along the way. You appreciate evidence-based research and understanding how processes work. But inside, you think you’re not good enough and beat yourself up with internal self-talk. You say things to yourself that you would never say to your kids or your best friend. You get frustrated that you can’t do this yourself.
That’s where I come in.
As your life and weight coach, my job is to show you your brain. I don’t tell you what to do or act like a drill sergeant. You actually have all the answers inside of you. I help you see that for yourself, so you can make true progress. So you can actually lose the weight for good, stop overdrinking alcohol, and quit the procrastination.
I have the best training in the world to help you get the results you want.
I believe in you. If I was able to do it, you can too. I tailor my programs specifically for you and your needs. And I get it better than most - while everyone else is praising you for everything you get done, you’re not feeling it on the inside. Let’s change that.
How do we get started together?
Want to know more about me?
Here are the highlights:
2004-2008 (Undergraduate Years)
I attended Kent State University in Kent, OH for my undergraduate degree in psychology.
I was involved in dozens of activities on campus and spent two years working as a Resident Assistant.
By senior year, I was working full-time in corporate retail, taking 21 credit hours a semester, and working part-time in a research lab.
I felt like a mess and started to run into the wall of burnout.
I graduated with a 3.89 GPA, University Honors, and a clear next step to graduate school.
2008-2013 (Graduate School)
I completed my master’s degree and doctoral degree at Virginia Tech in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in five years.
My boyfriend moved with me from Ohio to Virginia and we established our life together.
I finally stopped procrastinating and worked ahead.
I lost about 20 pounds and kept it off.
I wrote my dissertation about students who drop out of college and their wellbeing.
I realized I was still living a life of burnout and looked for ways to decrease my stress.
2013-2016 (Tenure Track)
I started my first “real job” as an assistant professor of psychology at a small, liberal arts university in Maryland.
I decided this was the reset I needed to take care of myself in better ways.
I established healthy habits thanks to Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before book.
That same boyfriend from college became my husband and we bought our first house together.
I started my world travels (now I’ve been to Peru, Greece, Paris, and Japan).
I had literally checked off all the life boxes I wanted to complete by age 30.
Then I had a career crisis that made me evaluate everything about my path.
2016-2019 (Starting a Business)
I started my coaching & consulting business after coming out of my own career crisis.
I spent time as a statistical consultant and proofreading academic papers.
At first, my coaching clients were all academic and career coaching, then I realized I needed more training to help with the rest of life issues.
Part of that journey was hiring my own life coach to transform my relationships.
I completed my life and weight coach certification through The Life Coach School in March 2019.
I stopped drinking and desiring alcohol on January 1, 2019.
I published my dream journal article - first author of a paper in Emerging Adulthood.
I earned tenure in the Summer of 2019 and became the department chair.
I ran a full marathon and started my journey as a regular CrossFit athlete.
My husband and I began our journey as foster parents of teenagers.