About Trish Perry


Trish Perry is a certified master life coach who provides services to help individuals create and live the best lives they can imagine.  She works with all types of people in executive coaching, life coaching, business coaching and other types of coaching.

Trish specializes in serving people experiencing traumatic life changes (also referred to as Traumatic Stress Incidents TSIs).  She is the founder of Harmonize Coaching.  She works with both individuals and corporations to coach individuals with TSIs to find purpose and joy in their lives again.  Her goal is to make a positive impact on people'€™s lives EVERYDAY.

Trish has over 20 years of mentoring and coaching experience in the corporate and nonprofit worlds.  She understands and believes in delivering outstanding results on a consistent basis.  She was a successful executive at Target for 20 years as well as other corporations.  She has worked with all levels from CEOs to administrative assistants acknowledging that everyone has an important role in the success of a company/organization and she is able to build strong cross functional teams.

Giving back to the community is one of Trish'€™s core values.  Currently she is serving asthe Treasurer on the board of the International Coaching Federation of MN,  the Chair of the Human Resources' Committee at the Minnesota Council of Churches, spends many hours volunteering as a mentor and mock interviewer at Goodwill Easter Seals and is an 8th grade  at her church.   She is also a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Redution for Teens Instructor and volunteers at Feed My Starving Children.   

Trish lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Jay, and their 3 wonderful children.   When Trish is not coaching, volunteering or spending time with her family, she can be found entertaining friends.  She also loves cooking, traveling and art.

My Story

I am often asked, “How did you get into coaching?”   Honestly is starts with my “old story” full of traumatic stress incidents (TSIs) that I have decided not to live into.  Instead I have chosen a life that is full of joy and meaning for me and everyone I impact.

My old story was 40 years in the making.  My old story included TSIs like sexual abuse, cancer and loss of loved ones.  With that old story came guilt, shame, humiliation and an overarching theme of “never good enough”.  To counteract those feelings, I built my life on the unstable foundation of perfection.  I was an executive at Target and worked 60-80 hours a week trying to achieve perfection both at work and in my personal life.  Then, a series of events shook me to my core and proved that perfection is non-existent; I’d need to find a new way to live.

It has been a lot of work, but I am building a life of joy and meaning by living my values.  I am finding perfection in imperfection; in humanity.  Humanity is wonderful and sad, joyful and hurtful, amazing and disappointing, but most of all it gives us our purpose, the opportunity to help and be helped, to love and be loved.  So, to answer the question, “How did you get into coaching?”  My journey to joy and meaning led me to coaching.  Coaching fulfills my deep desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives every day and that is a key piece of giving my life meaning.

I am an executive and business coach. I was a corporate executive for over 20 years and am passionate about helping others to succeed in business.  And because of the extensive trauma and healing I have had in my life, my coaching specialty is working with people who have experienced trauma to help them find joy and meaning beyond their trauma.  There are 3 key beliefs which I hold when it comes to trauma:

1)      You are not your trauma.  Trauma is something that happens to you, it does not have to define you.

2)      You are worthy of joy- always.  When going through trauma some people feel they can’t experience joy and grief at the same time.  It can be done and joy is what can get you through the grief with grace.

3)      Finally, with any trauma, be gentle with yourself and give yourself time and space to heal.  There is no timeline for grief.  Be as compassionate with yourself as you would be with your best friend and gift yourself the grieving process. 


Certified Master Life Coach & ICF Member