It is possible to feel productive and easeful at the same time.

I’m Iris Barzen, I’m a coach and I help women simplify their lives so they have room to breathe and take walks around the lake.

Because your everyday life doesn’t have to feel so stressful.

You deserve a life that feels good now, while you’re working towards the vision of the life you want.


“Working with Iris has created more room in my life to breathe and be me. I have gone from being burdened, confused in my career to confident, in tune with myself, having a vision and a strategy.”

Paulina, Cartoonist

What I do

In my coaching, I help women simplify their daily lives so they feel more focused and at ease. Making life changes that last is my specialty. And you won’t need to grit your teeth to achieve your goals, it can happen slowly, gradually as we tweak and talk and explore. I promise it won’t feel like work! In the end, your everyday life will feel more nourishing and reflect what matters to you.

My background

My work is influenced by ideas around minimalism and the psychological background I gained through my B.Sc. in Psychology.

I received my coaching certification (ACM) from Integral Coaching Canada, a coaching institute I highly respect for their grounded philosophy on how sustainable change works. I mix what they taught me with my own methodology that I’ve finetuned since I started working with clients in 2013.

With several hundred hours of coaching under my belt, I bring both empirical psychological knowledge and a robust coaching method to our conversations to help you make the changes you want. Plus laughter and a whole lot of humanness!


“I’ve figured out more about myself and my life from a few sessions with Iris than I did in a semester of private counseling sessions. The stuff we figure out together translates into real change.”

– Joanna James-Lynn, Writer & Virtual Assistant

If you and I were to sit down for tea I’d tell you…

That I’m generally passionate about all things psychology and can’t wait to start my Master’s this fall. I’m German, but I currently live in beautiful Salzburg, Austria.

I like to drink tea and philosophize with my friends – I’m usually excited about something and can’t wait to share my latest experiment on decluttering or plastic reduction or the vegan cheese cake recipe that wasn’t a failure.

I have a passion for languages, especially English. I’ve never lived in an English-speaking country, but I speak it like a native (more or less) – thanks Youtube!

Also: This might be my favorite quote:


“Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive and go do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– H. Thurman

My Coaching Approach

When my clients come to me they are usually really tired. They have lots of (exciting) things on their plate and while they might still be functioning and somewhat happy, they are sick of feeling stuck and overwhelmed with all the things they could be doing.

Through my coaching I can help you make sustainable changes. I won’t suggest easy band-aid solutions that insult your brain (“think positively! If you really commit, this will be easy!”) and I don’t interpret weird stuff into what you’re doing (“I think this is all because of your dad”).

Instead, we go deep and figure out why you procrastinate/sabotage/insert-your-favorite-way-to-get-stuck-in-the-mud-here.

I am not

  • a crystal waving coach who talks about manifesting what you want from the Universe (although if you’re into crystals and tarot cards, that’s fine with me!)
  • a fluffy untrained coach who read a bunch of self-help books for qualification
  • a self-improvement guru raising my eyebrows when you tell me about your struggles

Instead I am

  • thoughtful and compassionate
  • trained and certified with a solid methodology for human behavioral change
  • aware of empirical research findings on happiness
  • committed to making this experience effective, fulfilling and fun for you

“The work I have done with you has been the most thorough, successful, and lasting self-work that I have ever done. Our time was productive and I saw incredible results.”

– Amy, owner of Stonybrook Design