Are you beat down by your negative inner-voice?

Does a fear of rejection have you stuck? 

Can you imagine ​no longer stuffing or ignoring your emotions?

I am a​n emotional health coach who helps hurting people find belonging. If you’re ready to face your fear and shame, I’d love to partner with you.

My brand-new course, Emotional Health 101, is the perfect place to start! Click the link below to learn more.


Listen to the audiobook of my Amazon bestseller, Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm, for free on my podcast!

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After ​listening to this audiobook, you will be able to:

Find the balance between work and life.
Integrate your spiritual and mental health.
Discover how to come up for air and breathe again.


Countless people are suffocating beneath the lies of toxic theology. They've received a story about God that is full of fear, shame, and guilt.

Many feel abandoned by their church, their family, and even God.

As a result, their image of self is quite low.

When a sense of abandonment overtakes you, the fear can be crippling, and it’s something you never want to experience again.


Abandonment and shame walk hand-in-hand. When we experience shame, there’s this constant fear of being rejected. 

Often, we become trapped in avoidance strategies and numbing behaviors, trying to escape the pain.

Here’s the problem: if you don’t face your shame and get help, it just grows more powerful. Many times, it even leads us into behaviors that create more shame.


Can you imagine reducing your pressure to perform, and actually experiencing joy? Being able to love your life, rather than working so hard just to fit in? 

Wouldn't it feel great to be able to neutralize the power of your inner critic, so you're no longer your own worst enemy, but actually become your own best friend?  

What might you achieve if you were no longer limited by a fear of rejection or failure?

Isn’t it time to replace rigid negative thoughts with positive core beliefs?

Can you imagine not passing your shame onto future generations?

Looking for a safe place to belong?

Start here.

Join the Catching Your Breath Community on Facebook, hosted by Steve Austin.

In the Catching Your Breath Community, we...

  • are focused on grace first.
  • have deep, meaningful conversations.
  • share tips and tricks for a life of emotional, spiritual, and mental health.

We do NOT...

  • debate.
  • criticize.
  • try to fix.

The Catching Your Breath Community is a safe and supportive group that offers presence instead of prescriptive living.

Why Does Shame Keep Winning?

One of the most difficult parts of shame is the way it feeds an oppressive inner critic, keeping you frozen in fear and anxiety.

Over time, it can burn out your ambition, locking you into already painful patterns of shame. Or harshly punish you when you fail to meet unattainable standards.

And when an inner critic turns toxic, it can leave you feeling powerless to make decisions and even unable to develop a true sense of self.

This could play out in a myriad of ways. Here are a few possibilities:

  • You're tired of living in the closet, but fear of coming out has you frozen.
  • You aren't sure if you believe exactly what your family does about God or faith or church,  ​but fear of being rejected keeps you from speaking up.
  • Past trauma keeps you from forming close friendships or is causing intimacy issues with your partner.

So, What Do You Need to Do?

tell the truth

Shame researcher, Brene Brown, says that shame cannot survive being spoken. And she's right.

The first step toward inner healing is acknowledging what's going on in your life. 

And when it comes to shame, talking to a professional who understands the struggle is the perfect place to start.

ask for help

There’s actually a 4-step process for disrupting the brain patterns that flood you with self-judgment. And on top of that, there’s a brain-savvy approach to help you transform your inner critic into an ally for change.

If you’d like to learn how to neutralize the power of your inner critic, let’s talk. 

If your inner perfectionist is driving you crazy, I can help. 


Steve Austin: Inspirational Speaker

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I have personally experienced the ways that fear, shame, and guilt cause us to hustle for our worthiness and shrink back from telling our truth.

I was a pastor when I nearly died by suicide. Once I recovered, I knew I had to create a similar experience for people who want a combination of self-care practices, practical tips, and trusted spiritual practices. 

I completed life coach training in early 2017, and now I'm able to embrace people with an out-of-the-box approach to healing.

If you want to help yourself, but need a gentle nudge in the right direction, you've come to the right place. I know just how lonely a life fear, shame, and guilt can feel. I am passionate about helping you feel seen, heard, and loved. 

I would love to partner with you on the sacred journey from chaos to calm.

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Your Next Step

If you're ready to embrace mental, emotional, and spiritual health, click the button below. Together, we can silence the voices of fear, shame, and guilt.

Success Stories

Connie - Client

"Sometimes we're so deep into our state of drowning that we can't see where to go for air. My conversation with Steve was the guiding light to give direction to the surface. I recommend this to anyone swept away by the current of an overwhelming situation or life. Since our discussion, I have contacted a gym near me with childcare as a first step to ensuring I get time for me. I plan to utilize all of the practices offered and look forward to creating a home that shares responsibility."

Brandon - Client

"I always want to be seen and heard, to feel less crazy. I always need to feel like I my biggest dreams are possible, like I can tackle whatever comes my way. And I always need practical steps, broken into small chunks, so I can see what needs to be done to achieve my goal. Somehow, Steve Austin manages to do all three things, which is why he is an amazing wellness coach."

Christy - Client

"Life coaching is one the best investments we have made for our family. Steve has the ability to help you draw up plans that fit the design for your family. and where you are in your journey. While you may come into life coaching seeking answers and advice, what you will find is that Steve has the ability to help you see that you hold most of the answers already. You just need a gentle (or sometimes straight forward) push in the right direction. Steve is that guiding force and knows what he is doing."

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Meet Steve

Steve Austin is a writer, coach, podcaster, and former pastor whose work has been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, The Mightyand other outlets.

Austin nearly died by suicide after secretly suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD, and he has become a leading voice at the intersection of faith and mental health.

Austin resides in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and two kids, and he loves all things peanut butter and chocolate.

To learn more about Steve, click here.