“Be kinder to yourself.
And then let your kindness flood the world.”

― Pema Chodron

Do you feel like you are getting by,
but could go further toward well-being and flourishing?

Hi, my name is Heather Shaughnessy-Cato.

I offer coaching, private instruction, and group offerings with mind-body practices and a focus on cultivating compassion and curiosity.

I bring a holistic approach to teaching and coaching, drawing from my background and certifications:

  • MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher
  • Certified Well-Being Coach
  • Certified Yoga Coach (incorporating yoga and yoga philosophy into coaching)
  • Certified Designing Your Life Coach and Facilitator
  • Certified Yoga Teacher, 200 hr
  • Certificate, Mindfulness / Contemplative Psychotherapy

I tend to work with those who are:

Navigating a transitionMoving, becoming a parent, making a career change…these inflection points can be exciting and stressful and can lead to changes in our rhythms and routines; our roles, identities and sense of self; and our goals and vision for the future. Having support and being intentional about how we navigate the related changes can help to move us from survival mode and uncertainty to thriving and flourishing.
Noticing self-criticism and doubtMany of us have patterns of being hard on ourselves, which can make difficult things feel even harder. Learning kinder ways to relate to ourselves can ease stress, provide motivation with less fear of failure, and enhance our ability to cope with life’s ups and downs.
Feeling stuckWe each encounter phases where we feel unfulfilled, uncertain, or “blah” – and are not sure what or how to change. Taking time to explore your experience, engage with tools for clarity and insight, re-engage with dreams and aspirations, and get moving with small experiments can help to ignite a renewed sense of energy, purpose, and forward momentum.
Seeking support to manage stressManaging stress, overwhelm, burnout, or compassion fatigue in a culture that glorifies ‘doing’ rather than ‘being’ can be a challenge. Taking care of ourselves, and taking time to rest, reflect, and replenish can be radical acts — with great benefits for our own health and well-being, which can then ripple out in profound ways to our families and communities.


Virtual sessions: Connect from anywhere
In-person sessions: Brunswick, Maine

One-on-one Services

Take dedicated time and space just for you.

Meet life’s challenges with more curiosity and compassion through:

  • Personalized, private instruction
  • Self-Compassion sessions
  • Coaching: Options for talk-based coaching, and/or integrate mind-body practices including self-compassion, yoga, mindfulness, and/or Designing Your Life

Workshops and Courses

Attend to your own well-being in a supportive community. Learn and customize a range of practices to relieve stress, soften self-criticism, and pivot with more ease.

Offerings include:

  • Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (free)
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Program
  • Classes on well-being through the lens of life design, compassion, and/or mindfulness

Custom Workshops

I design custom workshops and experiences for organizations and groups focused on Well-Being, Compassion & Self-Compassion, Mindfulness, Yoga, and Design-Thinking.

Work with me to design an experience for your group or organization to manage stress, enhance wellbeing, address burnout, and enhance performance. 

Mindful and compassionate frameworks

My coaching and teaching are grounded in the following frameworks, designed to help you seek clarity and meet challenges with compassion and wisdom.

Mindful Self-CompassionThe art and science of treating yourself like a good friend. MSC is an empirically-supported program to develop the skill of self-compassion for greater self-kindness, to feel more connected with others, to soothe, comfort and protect ourselves, and to make changes out of self-love and a commitment to growth. 
Designing Your LifeA creative method of applying the human-centered design thinking process to our own lives – to think more expansively and creatively, to learn to pivot in the midst of change, and to collaborate with others to expose our underlying assumptions and constraints. Learn practical strategies and feel more empowered to design a life in which you can flourish.
MindfulnessBalanced, non-judgmental present moment awareness. Practicing mindfulness can help to reduce stress, bring grounding in the midst of intense moments, enhance self-awareness, and help you to intentionally pause and appreciate the good things in life.
YogaYoga is a contemplative practice for healing, integration, connection and kindness. Yoga offers an opportunity to listen deeply to our minds, bodies and hearts, to heal with movement and breath, to cultivate present moment awareness, and to play with embodying mindfulness and self-compassion.
Yoga CoachingYoga Coaching provides an opportunity to incorporate yoga into coaching to release stress and tension, to (re)connect with your inner wisdom and resources, and/or to explore themes in your life in an embodied way. Yogic and contemplative philosophy can also be integrated, to consider how to apply ancient wisdom to our modern lives.
Life and Well-Being CoachingA reflective, experiential process to enhance physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual well-being, to navigate change, and to shift beliefs and behaviors. Set your vision for wholehearted well-being, then take incremental steps – with support – toward your vision.
MA, Clinical Mental Health CounselingWith my previous training and experience as a therapist, my starting point is to see each person as whole and an expert in their own lives. My goal as a coach is to help you remember your wholeness and to connect with your own inner wisdom and courage.
Trauma-informed approachesTrauma-Sensitive approaches take into account how trauma impacts the body and mind. There are a more inclusive range of options we can incorporate in practicing mindfulness, yoga, self-compassion, and in navigating both one-on-one and small-group class sessions.

Get in touch

Heather Shaughnessy-Cato, MA
wholehearted LLC

169 Park Row, Brunswick, ME 04011