The fact is that my wife and I were so convinced by what we saw Kathryn Amenta Money Coach that we hired and worked with Kathryn for significantly longer than we would have otherwise.
We ended up paying her quite a lot of money and getting what we felt was as good as nothing in return.
Kathryn is a kind and lovely person, and it pains me to dump on her professional practice.
That said, I feel compelled to warn others who are already in financial difficulties that the services Kathryn advertises and those she delivers are not at all the same.
She begins with a psychological approach. Fair enough. I have a lot of patience for this sort of thing, and poor financial decisions are emotionally driven more often than not.
After this stage, we moved on to the spreadsheet phase. I think part of this may be a generational thing.
I’m in my early thirties. I grew up using Excel, and am pretty familiar with its functions.
Kathryn’s “proprietary” form is needlessly complicated and dysfunctional, and we spent more than one session waiting as she tried to fix it.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking and she demands her payment in cash or check promptly at the end of each session.
He had real, immediate questions, but she was so insistent that we work only with the sheet–which wasn’t working at all–that she didn’t want to address them.
We barely even got into the meat of our financial habits and difficulties in the course of around five sessions, and the details we did share with her she forgot.
She had an ambitious schedule of sessions planned for us, all of which we’d need to attend to get the maximum benefit from her services.
In the end, we paid her a great deal, and regret that we did not terminate the relationship sooner. For financial as well as practical reasons.
I would not have posted this, except that we ran into another friend who’d had nearly the same experience: time (money!) and sessions wasted while Kathryn dealt with her software, all the while not really listening to the client’s concerns and trying vaguely to reassure us.
She didn’t post a review of her experience either. Nice folks don’t want to. But in cases like this, sometimes you must.
My advice: do a little more research and find someone else if you really need financial advice.