Who's your teacher?

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 ... physically of course, and subsequently mentally too as the months of physical recovery and pain rolled into many years. I went from a being a high-achieving, fast-paced, super capable person, to someone who needed to learn to walk again. That took its toll. And years of pain and effort.

Cultivating self-compassion and mindfulness helped me find a way through. Sounds trite almost doesn't it?

But it's powerfully, powerfully true.

Catherine Kell

Meaningful and adaptable teaching

I have studied hard to do the work I do, to get all the necessary qualifications and registrations (more on those below). Yet what exams and qualifications alone can't give someone is the heart to do the work. That 'in the veins' pulse to help improve the life of another. And I believe my journey gives me the authenticity to bring compassion-based approaches meaningfully and wholeheartedly to others. I embody what I teach, and I bring kindness, sincerity, warmth, and of course compassion to every interaction.

I'm friendly and lively too! I bring an adaptable pace and tone depending on the teaching environment. 


I'm passionate about bringing the tools and practices of self-compassion and mindfulness into people's lives and workplaces. It's a privilege to help people build their resources ... and to witness the unfolding of all aspects of their good health.


About me

Qualifications and Education


Catherine has had a personal mindfulness and meditation practice since 2006. She is a qualified and authorised Trained Teacher of the evidence-based and empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion programmes and trained through the globally renowned Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in their intensive MSC programme developed by self-compassion pioneers Kristin Neff PhD and Christopher Germer PhD. She is trauma-sensitive in all her work, undertaking ongoing CPD in the trauma field.

She has an MA Degree with Honours and as well as her training as a Mindfulness Teacher she holds a Professional Certification in Clinical and Therapeutic Mindfulness for applied use in 1-to-1 session work.

Additionally, Catherine is an alumni of Compassion Cultivation Training with the Compassion Institute, a scientifically-backed training programme developed at Stanford University, as well as various compassion, mindfulness, meditation and lovingkindness professional development programs with Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg, both global leaders in compassion and mindfulness.

Catherine is also a Trained Teacher with the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and has passionately brought her skillset to scores of teenagers and school staff as a teacher of kindfulness, gratitude practices and the MiSP evidence-based 10-week mindfulness curriculum developed specifically for pupils and staff in schools.

She is an accomplished speaker and provider of workshops and talks. She has contributed as a mindfulness and self-compassion expert to many podcasts and a number of mental health books.

Catherine lives in Fife in Scotland, with her husband and two children.



Previously, Catherine worked at board level as an executive director in a London-based environmental consultancy, and as a voice artist (she still delivers occasional voice work).

As part of qualifying in new areas as she re-entered the workforce following a life changing injury, Catherine worked as a paediatric clinical hypnotherapist (Dip.Hyp Paediatrics (Distinction), Dip.Cl.Hyp (Distinction), Cl.NLP, CNHC Reg., SICH HPD, MNCH(Reg.) with a particular interest in anxiety, panic attacks and sleep, helping children and adolescents from the age of around 7 to 18. Catherine also provided in-depth parenting support and empowerment services for whole families either in office from a local health centre, or via home visits. Catherine led specialist therapeutic support and learning sessions for mothers based around cultivating mindful self-compassion and strengthening the parent-child connection in parenting. Catherine is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, holds a Diploma In Positive Parenting and is a graduate of the 'Parenting by Connection Professionals Programme' with Hand in Hand Parenting.

Catherine draws all her rich experience into every interaction, helping people cultivate inner strength and resilience, learn to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding, handle difficult emotions with greater ease, and transform challenging relationships. She is passionate about guiding people in developing the capacity to be with themselves in a kinder and more supportive way.


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"Catherine is a very empathetic and nurturing person, who has an aptitude for developing skills in others."

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"Her commitment and dedication ... are second-to-none, and to top it all off, she's genuinely one of the nicest people I've ever met."

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"I can't tell you how much it means to know you are there ... you are a gift.

Thank you."

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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