I work with a variety of private and corporate clients, teams and individuals, of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. I have had the privilege to work with college graduates as they lay the foundations for an inspired and successful life; to executives and managers as they navigate their careers; to accomplished older adults as they transition into retirement; and much in between. Many of my clients have needed my help with life transitions such as starting a business, finding a new job, a change of career or divorce and/or home relocation. We have also worked together on communication skills to build professional and personal relationships. My clients have included leaders from recognizable financial, technology, advertising, and property firms; performing artists; athletes; and many entrepreneurs and small business owners in a wide variety of sectors. I have supported them all in their journey to achieve their goals and changing their lives.
Above all, I am committed to your success and I feel this work is a privilege. I also have a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy (counseling psychology), so I bring a unique perspective to life, business and career coaching. I find it very important that I see each client as an individual, and meet you where you are. Because I have experience and education in both the core fundamentals of coaching, the traditional modalities of psychotherapy and business accruement I realize there are a diverse number of ways we can work together. I am willing to explore them with you to help you find your happiness and success.
It is important for me to understand what works best for you. I will always interact with you in an empathetic manner, with no judgment. If I feel that you would be better served with another coach or should explore traditional therapy, I will refer you out.
From experience, I find that having an initial 3-month engagement upfront will produce measurable outcomes and resolution. After this point clients can re-engage for another 3-month package or start working on an individual session basis when needed. It all depends on what we are working on. We will always discuss and draw up a plan that is for the client.
Priya Rana Kapoor, MMFT is a Life, Business and Career Coach, author and speaker with expertise and experience in supporting clients build their businesses; navigate work/life transitions (career change, retirement, divorce, etc.); and improve their professional and personal development, leadership, and communication skills. She is also the founder of Give Yourself Permission® Empowerment Programs.
Priya grew up in London, and after attending the University of Warwick, she moved to California and transferred to the University of Southern California (USC) where she earned her BA in Dramatic Arts and an MMFT (Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy) with an emphasis in Gerontology. In graduate school, she conducted research on Alzheimer’s Disease and published her findings in the peer-reviewed journal, The Gerontologist.
Priya later joined the Psychological Services Division at the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery (Keck School of Medicine at USC), where she provided therapy for adults, children, couples, and families affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease, stroke, epilepsy, narcolepsy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). She also conducted research on the efficacy of, and developed a protocol for, psychological support pre, during, and post-Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) implant surgery for PD patients.
Concurrent to working as a psychotherapist, Priya completed the CoachU Core Essential Fast Track Program (CEP), and continues to work with international clients.
Priya regularly speaks to international corporate and non-profit groups, and facilitates workshops. She has been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows including NBC’s Today Show, BBC Asia, and Hay House Radio.
In 2014, Priya published her first book Give YourSelf Permission to Live Your Life (Balboa Press) which outlines the Permission Journey, a 7-stage coaching process to attain personal and professional freedom and empowerment.
In 2015, the publishing company she co-founded, Permission Media, Inc., launched the Give Yourself Permission Magazine, which showcased other people’s stories of where they gave themselves permission to do something out of the ordinary for themselves. In 2016, inspired by the magazine, Priya created, compiled, and published "Give Yourself Permission Anthology: 44 Inspirational & Insightful True Stories of Risk-Taking, Life Changes & Successful Outcomes".
In 2017, Priya founded and launched the USC London Office. She was hired to introduce the University to the UK and European markets. She was tasked to recruit undergraduate and graduate students and develop institutional, corporate, and government partnerships. She also sought internships and job opportunities for current students and recent grads. As an alumna herself, she connected with local alumni to promote university advancement worldwide. Since she was contracted to get the office up and running, she was able to hire staff and create a physical space for USC in London. She has now returned to California to continue her coaching and public speaking practice.
Her current board commitments include the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, where she sits on the Executive Committe as the Communications Co-Chair.. She also serves as a sustainer on the Junior League of Los Angeles, and as a member of the membership committee for the Santa Barbara University Club.
As a vocal advocate for MS research, Priya is dedicated to helping the community through her work with the National MS Society. Additionally, her philanthropic commitment includes Aids Project Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara Women’s Fund. She also serves as V.P. of PR for Woodland Toastmasters in Santa Barbara.
Priya lives with her husband in Santa Barbara, CA, and has, until recently, commuted to London to speak, work with clients, and visit with family and friends. She hopes to travel more, visit new countries, and learn as much as she can from different cultures.
To contact Priya please email her on Priya@PRKCoaching.com