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1:1 Self-Compassion and Mindfulness sessions, Group Courses, Workplace & Leadership Training

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I'm Catherine Kell, a trauma-sensitive Self-Compassion and Mindfulness Teacher, Compassion Cultivation Mentor, and Founder of The Self-Compassion Community.

Through The Self-Compassion Community I offer 1:1 sessions, group courses, workplace training and executive/leadership training for people to learn, cultivate and practice mindful self-compassion, enhancing their emotional resources and coping skills, increasing their resilience and overcoming negative attention bias.

Self-compassion is transformative in personal lives. And transformative in the workplace.


Catherine Kell

The power of mindfulness-based self-compassion ...

The relationship we have with ourselves is the only one we have that is guaranteed to be lifelong. And it’s one so many of us struggle with.

We can be overwhelmed by our own self-criticism and judgement. And it's tough to be keeping ourselves company with unhelpful internal narratives playing out daily. Being in healthy relationship with ourselves builds our resilience, boosts our life-satisfaction and bolsters our coping skills, and in turn, enables us to be more supportive and caring of others. Amidst the busyness of demanding modern life and the unique stresses of modern workplaces, learning to tune into our own needs and support ourselves, through good times and bad, promotes mental and emotional wellbeing. Self-compassion also helps us learn to stand in our power, to speak up for ourselves and protect ourselves.

Self-compassion is about enabling ourselves with tools and resources that support us and develop our ability to notice how we are really feeling and respond attentively, and kindly, to those feelings.

I teach and mentor people to develop self-compassion and mindfulness practices, increasing their resilience to deal with challenges, struggles, mistakes and failure. None of us are immune to those things and at some stage or other life does deliver us difficulties, whether in our personal lives or our working lives. It's part of the shared human experience. My focus is on resource-building and mentoring people to cultivate new skills and practices which aid and support. It is a privilege to mentor and guide people along what is a therapeutic and life-changing journey. And a privilege to bring these practices into workplaces.

Ways to work with me ...

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1-to-1 Private Sessions

I provide individual and tailored mindfulness-based self-compassion teaching, mentoring and support. I offer private 1-to-1 sessions online, worldwide.

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Live, Online Group Courses

I am a Trained Teacher, qualified to teach the 6-week Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion, the 9-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course, and a 10-week Mindfulness course. All courses are secular, empirically-supported and evidence-based ...

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Self-Paced Online Courses

I'm currently developing self-paced online teaching resources to help more people access the skills of self-compassion. You can keep in touch with what's coming up by joining my email list. When you join the list you'll also receive my fortnightly newsletter, Inner Nurture, full of self-compassion teachings and guidance.

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Workplace Training & Executive/Leadership Coaching

I provide workplace training and executive/leadership training for people to learn, cultivate and practice mindful self-compassion.

Self-compassion is transformative in personal lives. And it's transformative in the workplace.

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About me

I'm a former board level executive director who rose quickly ... and became burnt out, young. I am also a former voice artist - something which served me well when a life-changing injury occurred in 2006.

I suffered a ‘hip replacement gone wrong’ which left me with major arterial internal bleeding and genuinely fighting for my life ... 

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Catherine Kell

Feeling with the heart really is our most powerful connector. Not just to others, but to ourselves too.

When we are depleted, beating ourselves up, feeling inadequate, and being crushed by our own harsh self-criticism, self-compassion offers us a way to actively soothe ourselves.

When we are caught up in the discomfort of people-pleasing, exhausted by caregiving or habitually putting ourselves last (and sometimes resenting it), self-compassion offers us a way to attend to our needs with awareness.

When we need to speak up, protect ourselves or motivate ourselves, self-compassion offers us perspective, a way to take wise action and the strength to stand in our truth.

Testimonials reproduced on this site are all verifiable but have been anonymised in order to maintain confidentiality in the public domain.

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"Couldn't have done this without you - you've changed our world in one weekend."
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"Superb interpersonal skills. Catherine is a great mentor and fantastic communicator."
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"Catherine Kell is one of the most caring, diligent people that I have ever met."
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"Cultivating self-compassion means we develop a support system of our own. We become more resilient. We become much kinder to ourselves. And we learn that ... we are always there."

- Catherine Kell, Founder of The Self-Compassion Community

Get Inner Nurture - the fortnightly newsletter from The Self-Compassion Community

Inner Nurture is your fortnightly source of self-compassion learning and guidance to help you develop a kind, supportive and understanding relationship with yourself. I might include an exercise, a practice, some suggestions, reflections or prompts. Whatever each edition brings, Inner Nurture will provide ways to help you cultivate self-compassion in your life.

I respect your privacy. Your information will never be sold to a third party. Unsubscribe at any time.

Our peace doesn't come from pushing away our pain or our difficult experiences ...

It comes when we can safely and compassionately turn towards the truth of the way we feel in response to our experiences. 

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