Kateřina Hefny

is a systemic coach for individuals and companies, as well as the founder and director of EMA, a non-profit organization established in 2015 in Poděbrady, Czechia. EMA provides self-development services in the field of art and education.

After studying Andragogy and Personnel Management Katka realized that everyone’s future is full of changes and neverending learning. Consequently, she has accumulated vast experience in HR working for Czech and international companies. 

In her work, Katka’s purpose has been to find how to get better results with less energy. She helps to create an environment where learning and working is a pleasure.

In 2005, she became certified in systemic coaching. Later she realized that coaching is not enough to fight mental blocks that we adopt during childhood. Her artistic soul was attracted by art therapy that accelerates the benefits of coaching. Art therapy helps to open doors to our inner world and heal stories written there.


Thanks to Art Therapy

She brings light to unconscious motives, which are mostly behind recurring setbacks we all experience.

She spends most of her working time alongside her clients to help them create a joyful and meaningful future.

In EMA, she is also a lecturer in self-development and creative workshops for children and adults. She is the author of the self-knowledge academy Art for the Soul. It creates an environment of trust where children and adults can feel safe and grow together.

Hi, I’m Katka

In fact, I could tell the fairy tale of how an unhappy girl found her happiness. Today, I am a Career & Life Coach for individuals and Executive Coach for companies, as well as the founder and director of EMA, an education studio, established in 2015 in Poděbrady. Establishing of EMA was a crucial decision for me but I could do it only after a long time of searching for my life purpose.

My childhood and adolescence were influenced by the communist regime and strict education. Instructions, orders, prohibitions, I do not remember that I could have my opinion or “God forbid” to express it. I learned to be a “good and obedient” girl. As an adult, unknowingly, I found myself again in the role of a good girl. I tried hard in all areas of my life. At work, I worked overtime, grew my career, but the desired fulfillment or feeling of self-realization did not come. The burnout and complete collapse of the organism was just a matter of time. That was the turning point. Since then, I have learned to look at situations and myself differently but still, it was just the first lesson I needed to get from life.


Then came my marriage to an oriental man

His kindness was awakening my femininity, which I had not basically known until then. During this marriage, I went to my husband’s homeland, a war zone. I had never seen so much suffering and injustice, pain, and sad stories together. After spending several months there, on the way back, I felt there was a new Katka returning home.

My attitudes and values changed significantly. I tried to integrate these experiences. I found out that despite our world seems unjust, the only way to live in peace is to be at peace with ourselves. But it wasn’t always easy with my husband at the time. In the end, the relationship didn’t last. I couldn’t imagine that my life could be balanced again. 

I asked therapists and coaches to help me set boundaries and learn self-love and kind communication with myself. Complete change of mental settings. Based on my self-experience with the coach, I decided to expand my education in andragogy. In 2005, I completed a year of systemic coaching training. 

That’s why I could start a new relationship then

We have been raising 3 children together in love and partnership for 15 years. I wish I could pass on the experience of my story to them. What I care most about is their self-knowledge and confidence to show their gifts to the world.

Children are the greatest teachers for me. They are the reason why I created EMA and started business in accordance with the principles of a happy life. EMA has been providing services for a specific target group for six years now and offers educational opportunities that reflect current trends and a holistic approach.

The project is based on the connection between my two passions – art and personal development. With adults, I work as a Career & Life Coach and offer coaching programs for companies. My goal is to lead people’s attention inside themselves and find their own path to happiness.


Make Your Life a Masterpiece 


Joy matters

Learn how I can help to grow your happiness in life and relationships.

Get better results with less energy used and create an environment where it’s a pleasure to live.


Go where you grow

You can have a look at company programs that I created following your company’s needs and goals.

Together we can build the confidence of your employees, teams, and managers.