Be kinder to yourself
and then let your kindness
flood the world.

– Pema Chödrön

Meet life’s struggles with curiosity and compassion.

Many of us face challenges such as:

  • Stress, burnout and overwhelm
  • Loss, uncertainty and life transitions
  • Self-criticism and feelings of inadequacy and shame
  • Feeling stuck in our careers and in our relationships
  • Feeling like we “should” be further ahead or “should” be different than we are

I offer one-on-one and small-group offerings to:

  • Explore practices to manage stress and uncertainty
  • Cultivate self-compassion, the art and science of treating ourselves like we would a good friend.
  • Explore new perspectives and creative solutions when feeling stuck
  • Reflect with mindful, creative tools and practices for clarity
  • Find an authentic, actionable path forward

About me

Welcome, my name is Heather Shaughnessy-Cato. I am a coach, teacher and facilitator with a focus on tools and practices that help to navigate change, manage stress, and enhance well-being.

Navigating life’s ups and downs with compassion, wisdom and ease is my favorite topic to explore, study and teach. I hope we have the opportunity to work together, and to see what we might discover.

picture of Heather Shaughnessy-Cato
Heather Shaughnessy-Cato, MA
Self-Compassion & Well-being Coach in Mid-Coast Maine


One-on-One Self-Compassion Training

Learn and practice self-compassion one-on-one.

Coaching sessions

  • Coaching for well-being
  • Designing Your Life coaching (creative approaches to enhance flourishing)

Self-Compassion Workshops & Courses

Learn and practice self-compassion in a small and supportive community.

Custom Workshops

Design a custom workshop to meet the needs of your organization, such as tools to meet stress with compassion.

Schedule a free consultation

Join my newsletter


I can’t express how much I enjoyed interacting with you during our coaching sessions. I got so much more out of it than I could have possibly imagined. With your gentle & insightful guidance, I was able to shift some long ingrained patterns of harsh self-judgment.

— Chris, Coaching client

You are so giving of yourself and your time and talents, and the lessons you taught me continue to resonate and ripple through me.

— Melissa, Coaching client


Heather Shaughnessy-Cato, MA

Brunswick, ME

Copyright Wholehearted LLC – All rights reserved