Carla Royal, M.Ed. | Certified Life Coach
Integral Coaching to Empower Smart, Savvy, Slightly Unconventional People. Phone/Skype/In-Person Sessions.


Greater Atlanta Area
Chattahoochee Hills, GA, 30268
United States
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You are smart, savvy, and slightly unconventional. In so many ways, you have it together, but you recognize that you haven’t learned to completely, freely love yourself and find the flow of life.

It may be that you aren’t sure how to navigate the changes in your life, which could leave you feeling vulnerable and disconnected. 

  • Perhaps your family situation has changed or is about to change radically.
  • Or maybe you’re at a crossroads in your career, business, or health.
  • Or you recognize your deep desire to be creative but you don’t know how to overcome the critic on your shoulder.
  • Or you may sense the currents of change in the world at large, and you want to be responsive to those currents, perhaps even positively affect them.

Whatever your situation, you want to be true to yourself and you want to feel confident with a sense of power, claiming your highest self. 

Just for a moment, imagine completely, freely loving yourself and standing in your power with creativity, tenderness, and integrity.

Imagine feeling a passion that vibrates within you… with a heart so tender it could melt the hardness of the world…

Imagine being true to yourself and having deeply connected relationships.

Imagine moving on from your past and creating a compelling future.

And imagine contributing to the greater good of a world that desperately needs your gifts.

Have you tried many different ways to change your life, but find it difficult and even impossible to sustain the change?

I know what it’s like to feel powerless and not be true to myself.  I know what it’s like to not deeply and freely love myself and I know how to turn that around.  I have specialized expertise in how people change and I can show you  how to access and consistently live from an empowered place that leads to more flow in your life.

If you are ready to experience more flow, why not schedule a complimentary discovery session?

Click on this link to take advantage of this opportunity.  You will to be taken to a short, confidential survey to complete.  The survey gives you an opportunity to express a bit about what’s going on for you and gives me a glimpse of you before we talk.  Many folks find the survey helpful.  Give it a shot. Once you’ve hit “submit”, the survey will arrive in my email inbox (for my eyes only) and I’ll contact you. We’ll set-up a time to talk. On our call, we’ll have an opportunity to get to know each other.  I’ll give you some tips, support, and inspiration right away… whether or not we ever meet again.

There is no obligation, only possibility.

If you’d prefer to contact me more directly, simply call or email me to set up a complimentary discovery session:




    Products/Services Offered

Today, you have more options than ever for finding a life coach to support you in achieving the outcomes that deeply matter to you.  The good news is that life coaching is becoming widely valued and you have some good choices available to you.  The not-so-good news is that more options make it difficult to determine the best coach to hire.

Try Before Buying

To help with this challenge, I offer a free discovery session (face to face, phone, Skype, or FaceTime) where you and I talk for awhile to determine if we are a good fit.  We will get a feel for one another to determine if we can work well with each other.  There are no hard feelings if we aren’t a good fit, and often, I can make a referral to someone who is a better fit.

During the discovery session, we will chat.  You will give me an idea of what’s going on for you, expressing your points of pressure.  It will feel good to get some of that out into the healing light of day.  I’ll give you some tips, support, and inspiration right away… whether or not we ever meet again.

If we are a good fit and you want to work with me, then we will set up our first session.

What Happens if I Become a Client?

We will schedule a session and dive in!  During the initial session (after the discovery session), I will do an intake with you.  This gives you an opportunity to express what is going on in your life and what you most want to address in subsequent sessions. It gives me an opportunity to understand the context of your situation and gives me a starting place in creating a coaching program uniquely designed for you.

After the intake session, I will spend approximately 4-6 hours developing your coaching program, which I will share with you in our next session.  We will examine the program and make any necessary tweaks.  We tailor this together and it will guide us going forward.

For subsequent sessions, I will develop practices for you that will support you in achieving the outcomes you most want.  We will tweak each practice together, to best meet your needs and help you achieve your goals.  We will talk about how things are going and how to move through the stuck or challenging places.

Your Commitment

Your commitment is important to the success of your coaching program.  This program is not simply talking about what is going on in your life; rather it is a commitment to fully engage in practices and reflections. After all, you are smart and savvy!  You come to this program ready to learn about yourself and make sustainable changes.  Do you have to be perfect?  No.  Is there room for some floundering?  Absolutely!  It is expected.

Your commitment is ultimately a commitment to yourself.  It is an investment in you.

My Commitment

I commit to continuing my own personal growth and to my training as a coach, so I can serve you best.  I commit to being present; to bringing the best of me to you.  I commit to being kind, honest, and loving.  I commit to being open and flexible.  I commit to showing compassion when you struggle and showing you ways to get through it    I will also bring a good measure of humor to our sessions (we will have fun!).  I commit to working hard for you between sessions, creating a unique and flexible life-coaching program that works for you.  I commit to gently, firmly calling out the best in you.  I will support you in making the changes that deeply matter to you.

Find the Flow

If this resonates, if you are ready for a change and want to find the flow, why not schedule a complimentary discovery session? There is no obligation, only possibility.

Click on the link below to take advantage of this opportunity.  You will to be taken to a short, confidential survey to complete.  The survey gives you an opportunity to express a bit about what’s going on for you and gives me a glimpse of you before we talk.  Many folks find the survey helpful.  Give it a shot.  Once you’ve hit “submit”, the survey will arrive in my email inbox (for my eyes only) and I’ll contact you. We’ll set-up a time to talk. On our call, we’ll have an opportunity to get to know each other.  I’ll give you some tips, support, and inspiration right away… whether or not we ever meet again.


Alternatively, call or email me to set up a complimentary discovery session:
    Credentials & Trainings

Integral Master Coach™  Certification 2014
Integral Coaching™  Associate 2012
Accredited Advanced Training Program Surpassing Master’s Level International Coach Federation Standards


Certified Strategic Intervention Coach
Certified Relationship and Marriage Educator
Advanced Training Program in Coaching and Strategic Intervention with Tony Robbins 2012


Licensed Professional Counselor 1990-2005


National Certified Counselor 1990-2005


Master of Education, Counseling 1990


Counseling Certification 1988


Bachelor of Arts, Sociology 1982


I have spent 25 years studying, training, and working as a psychotherapist and transformational life coach.  I help people who are overwhelmed by their opportunities and challenges to move through the overwhelm in order to seize their opportunities and experience more joy, energy, confidence, and meaning.  I help people come home to themselves, find their voice, access their full creative range, and give their gifts to the world.

I absolutely love what I do.  It is thrilling to walk with my clients for awhile. My clients tell me that they feel safe with me and feel seen and heard in ways they haven’t experienced before. They tell me that I am a powerful guide.  I am honored to work with them as it is my deepest purpose and joy to facilitate personal growth.  I meet with my clients via phone, Skype, or in person – whichever is most convenient.

I take a multi-disciplined approach in my coaching with a background in psychotherapy and coaching certification through Robbins-Madanes Center for Strategic Training.  I am trained in Integral Coaching™ methods, human development, psychological knowledge, human needs psychology, systems theory, culture, and spirituality.

When I’m not life coaching, I love to be in nature soaking up the beauty and wisdom I find there.  I love animals and have a particular fondness for barn animals (donkeys, goats, horses, cows, hogs!).  I spent 2 years working on horse farms between my psychotherapy practice and coaching practice – my way to replenish. I am an avid photographer, always attempting to capture a bit of my subject’s soul; I share many of my photos throughout my blog and on a photoblog featuring my nature wanderings.  Music is a central part of my life and if you hand me a microphone, you may never get it back!

I live in the greater Atlanta area, in a sustainable community called Serenbe, with my partner and our dog-friend, Pedro, who happens to be a Jackahuahua.

    • I have watched Carla Royal work and I highly recommend her as a coach. She is dedicated, compassionate, very creative and she can handle difficult challenges.  Cloe Madanes, author Relationship Breakthrough and cofounder of Family Therapy Institute of Washington DC
    • As well as being well trained and skilled, Carla is just full of life wisdom. She has a wonderful way of tuning in to the life narrative and heartbeat of individuals with whom she works. She’s a great listener and a gifted guide for centered living.  My family has benefited significantly from her insightful care. I recommend her highly!  Randy Q. Smith, Associate Counselor, Atlanta GA
    • Carla is wise beyond her years, and, with that wisdom, she hears beyond what merely conventional ears can hear – she hears your soul. She is a gentle teacher, and can challenge you to think (and act) beyond your fixed boundaries, beliefs, and limitations with such unconditional love and acceptance. As an intuitive and brilliant listener, she wraps you in loving kindness with such authenticity and intelligence that you are given great confidence that she is not only trustworthy, but helping guide you to be transformed into the person you were meant to be. I have experienced so much healing, less anxiety, less worry, developed more proactive behaviors, and for the first time in many years, have begun to feel a deeper sense of peace and direction… but moreover, a level of peace and working towards acceptance and permission with myself to find happiness again.  Hudson, Augusta, GA
    • Thank you for helping me to recognise the way back to my centre. I am grateful, and I’m smiling again.  Frances, London UK
    • Carla’s gentle yet powerful guidance has helped me break through to new levels of well-being.  My self-confidence is much higher; I have made permanent changes in the way I approach my physical health; my relationships with my husband and our three-year-old daughter are enhanced; and I feel excited and impassioned about my journey as a local food activist, which has turned into a new vocation for me.  Carla’s wise and caring presence enables me to bring forth my most genuine, alive, compassionate self.  Jen H., Mother, Wife, Local Food Activist
    • I was drawn to Carla for her commitment to expand traditional psychotherapy to include the impacts of culture and faith on our well being.  I’ve been able to address and greatly improve my health, finances and relationships, and have re-ignited interests and energy that I thought had withered.  Specifically, I have paid off all my debts and keep my savings as local to my community as possible.  I work my body regularly with running, weights and yoga.  My boundaries in relationships have greatly improved and I find it more comfortable to say no when I need to.  And perhaps most of all, I’m learning that feeling the violence of people and societies and responding from a place of wisdom, is actually saner than pretending that everything is fine.  Greg, Lending Analyst
    • The past couple years have been the hardest years of my life, with my husband leaving me.  At that time I could hardly take the next breath, much less the next step forward.  Anxiety had become a crippling factor in my life.  I was overwhelmed with fear and, as a result, highly reactive to the world around me.  My time with Carla was helpful in many ways; but the blessing I carry most of all from my time with her is how she helped me sit with my fears long enough so that I was able to respond to the world “outside” me and “within” me with greater strength and tenderness.  If you could see my life now, 6 months post divorce, you would not see “perfection”; but you would see that I have built something rather beautiful indeed.  Thank you Carla.  Cristy S.,  Seattle WA
    • I am someone who has done lots of personal growth work with individuals like Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson. Now, many months after first meeting Carla, I can say that my work with Carla has been the most powerful personal growth work that I have done. Through Carla’s ongoing support, guidance and wisdom, I am emerging as a woman I had not been in touch with before; She was always there, but well hidden amongst the corporate jobs and raising a family. My life flows at a simpler, peaceful pace compared to my old way of being and I now live with much greater grace and ease. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with Carla. Julie N.  Minnesota
    • Carla has given me courage, inspired me when all appeared dark, reminded me of my own resourcefulness I so often forget, to look closer at the small things and discover the beauty all around me, that miracles do happen (and they can happen to me), and to not forget all the good and wonderful things that surround my life.  Lisa, Georgia
    • Carla, I remember running across your website several years ago and being drawn by your description of unconditional acceptance and how your work draws from both psychological knowledge and spiritual wisdom. My past experience with psychotherapy always fell short of engaging my spirit and wasn’t able to pull me past self-analysis to healing. What I sought and continue to seek is the joining of spirit and mind toward the opening and expansion of my heart. To remove all that obscures the fundamental light of life. It is an awkward journey at times and very personal. You have always been gracious and never directive with “shoulds”. You assist me on my path, rather than try to fit me into yours. I come from a past of many rules and absolutes, but you gently suggest options, and guide me back to the quest and uncertainty. You give permission to feel, dream and explore. This process has been refreshing, healing and never tiresome. I always look forward to our calls, as the space you provide is a rare gift. I think most of all, I appreciate that you seem to really see me, and you aren’t afraid. Always warmly,  G. E., Portland, Oregon
    • Carla is in touch with the human condition in a way that is seldom seen or experienced. Her ability to listen and reflect what she hears with minimal filtering is a gift all coaches should have.  Carla’s ability to reframe situations and scenarios to aid with persepctive is keen and her compassion for her fellow human is only surpassed by her love for her family and friends. Carla is a natural coach, gifted with more qualities than can be said (or written) and simply requires experiencing time with her.  Bill B., HR Manager, NY
    • In Carla, you will find an unwavering commitment to supporting your growth and achieving the potential in your life. Her approach combines an extraordinary gifted intuition with integrity and skill to both support and challenge anyone seeking to move beyond their present circumstances and explore the possible. An already skilled counselor, with the addition of the integral coaching experience and practice, Carla is well prepared to be a Life Coach.  Bob Sisk, Transitions Consulting, Radford, VA
    • I met Carla while I was in college and was very confused and anxious about where my life was heading.  I was at a point where I was not able to make any life decisions and felt like I was hitting against the wall.  Carla skillfully managed to explore my confusion and inquire deeper into my own self.  At first I thought I will ask questions and she would give me the answers and that was the end of my anxiety, but I soon found out that her job is not to give answers to my questions, but to guide me deeper into discovering my own wisdom.  I can truly say that Carla put me on the right track of discovering myself which has led me to discover my spiritual path and find my passion in life.   Sushant, Management Consultant, California
    • What was most surprising was the remarkable speed in which you seemed to grasp and really connect with my specific issue.  You did not spew the usual mantra of “let’s look at your childhood upbringing” to find where your problem lies–Instead, you offered reasoned, practical and up-right advice, which felt authentic and brilliant.  I’m deeply grateful for your healthy and supportive feedback.  But mostly, I’m thankful for the special warmth, kindness and genuine concern you showed for me, which was worth well more than what I could ever pay.  Thank you, again.  James L., Manager–Multimedia, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
    • I love how you hone right on in to the core of a thought or feeling.  You are so vividly attuned to things, it’s beautiful. You are an observer and a listener par excellence.  The impulse to fix may be deeply wired, but you take the time to notice that it’s there and think about other ways of being.  What a gift to everyone who comes into contact with you.  Jennifer, Massachusetts
    • You have me seeing things…really appreciating the little things…my ‘Carla Moment’.  Juli T., Interior Designer, California