About Carolyn and Interval Coaching

Why Interval Coaching & Consulting℠

What is an Interval?

A pause.  A period of time.  An opening.  A gap. The distance between two points. It is the difference in pitch between two tones. A place to breathe, to rest, to listen, to re-tune, to prepare, to reflect, to create.  It is the space between.

Referencing a Beethoven piece, writer Mark Nepo once said "When life happens, you are going to have to tune as you go . We're not here to do it perfectly; we're here to do it thoroughly." 

Through Interval Coaching & Consulting℠, I partner with clients who are patients themselves or who find themselves in a care-giving role (a "care-partner") of someone living with a health condition abroad. I help those living internationally fine-tune grief into growth, loss into light, and limbo into an opportunity to live life more thoroughly.  

By reworking their perspectives on well-being, disease, healing, and treatment, and strengthening resiliency skills, coaching clients nurture the creativity, connectedness, and courage they already possess.  I act as their witness, questioner, listener, challenger, cheer leader, teacher, normalizer, partner, and sometimes...their student, too.

Interval Coaching & Consulting℠ came into being after more than 20 years of working with individuals and families in hospitals, schools, and community service/non-profit agencies.  My greatest strength is helping people develop positive coping strategies with which to face adversity of any kind, with specialization in non-pharmacological pain management, guided visualization, mental preparation for surgical procedures, and the psychosocial effects of health care experiences on children and adolescents.  

Having lived outside my home passport country with a hospital physician for over 14 years, I've developed a unique perspective and understanding of the challenges people can face when managing a health condition or requiring healthcare while living abroad. 

Personally, finding creative ways to collaborate with others and a daily practice of conscious breathing, vocalizing, and The Mindful Morning Walk have shifted how I experience my life abroad.  

"Music is the space between notes." Claude Debussy, Composer

"Music is the space between notes." Claude Debussy, Composer

Interval Coaching & Consulting℠ is also available to provide retreat space in northern Italy wine country for small groups and families with personalized coaching retreat options.

Savor your existence. Live every moment. Do not waste a breath.
— Nando Parrado, Miracle in the Andes

Carolyn's Influential Experiences, Roles, and Credentials




  • Collaborating Writer, I Am A Triangle
  • Subject Matter Expert, Presenter, Pediatric Pain course, Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu' (Vatican City)
  • Subject Matter Expert, Presenter, Therapeutic Play Course 1, Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu'
  • Subject Matter Expert, Presenter, Therapeutic Play Course 2, Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu'
  • Presenter, Enhancing Family Centered Care Intensive, Johns Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore, MD)
  • Presenter, Psychological Preparation Intensive, JHCC
  • Seminar Facilitator, Child Life Internship, JHCC


  • Vocalist, Blanco & Tinto Big Band (Cortaccia, Italy)
  • Student of Contemporary Voice, Vivaldi Institute of Music (Bolzano, Italy)
  • Parent and partner in a cross-cultural, dual-national, tri-lingual family
  • 14 years living abroad
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
— Mary Oliver, Summer Day