About Cathia

Cathia Friou, a certified professional coach, holds her ACC credential with the International Coach Federation and her BCC credential with the Center for Credentialing & Education. She is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator (programs based on the pioneering research of Brené Brown exploring topics like courage, shame, vulnerability, and worthiness), and a NC Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Superior Court Mediator.

Cathia is a healthy-divorce advocate and a co-parenting specialist. She is author of the memoir Rock Paper Scissors: Scenes from a Charmed Divorce, a 2018 Living Now Book Award winner in the Relationships/Marriage category, and also The Art of Co-Parenting, a guide outlining the six principles of shared parenting during divorce. A self-described “possibilitarian,” she is an ardent devotee of self-awareness, courageous conversations, and conflict transformation.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
— Socrates

As a graduate of the North Carolina and Colorado Outward Bound Schools and having walked 200 miles along the Camino de Santiago in northwestern Spain, Cathia is an adventurist at heart. She possesses an insatiable appetite for Jungian psychology, TED talks, and cartoons appearing in The New Yorker. She is also a documentary enthusiast and photography buff.

She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a certificate in Executive & Organizational Coaching from New York University. Cathia has two adult daughters and lives in Charlotte.


“Cathia’s coaching has been invaluable. She has helped me reflect on who I am as a leader and what is most important to me and the company. The self-awareness I have gained has sustained me as a leader dealing with major change, and her encouragement for me to stay true to myself has given me a renewed sense of enthusiasm.”

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“Cathia’s coaching has been a vital part of my executive career. She is engaging and personal, and she challenges me both as a leader and a person. Cathia has coached me through major life and work challenges causing me to grow in areas that could have remained unchanged. Her coaching sessions feel like an espresso shot of courage and strength.”