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“Be kinder to yourself.

And then let your kindness flood the world.”

― Pema Chödrön

Meet life’s challenges with curiosity and compassion.

Hi, my name is Heather Shaughnessy-Cato.

I am a well-being and life coach, self-compassion teacher, and facilitator.

Many of us experience life and career transitions, periods of feeling stuck, phases of uncertainty, and inflection points that require new approaches to meet the challenges at hand.

I specialize in helping others turn toward these challenges with curiosity and compassion, get unstuck, and feel more empowered to move forward in their own authentic way.

Holistic, evidence-based approaches

Enhance your well-being with coaching or workshops based on the following approaches:

  • Integrative Health: A field which emphasizes holistic well-being (emotionally, physically, socially/relationally, spiritually).
  • Self-compassion: The art and science of treating yourself like a good friend.
  • Mindfulness: Balanced, non-judgmental present moment awareness.
  • Yoga: A contemplative practice for healing, integration, connection and kindness.
  • Designing Your Life: A creative method of applying the human-centered design thinking process to the challenges we meet in life.

A Foundation in Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is the intentional practice of treating ourselves like we would a good friend: taking time to understand our experiences with curiosity and without judgment, and then taking wise action in service of greater well-being. It is often cited as an essential ingredient to positive and lasting change and growth.

Self-compassion is the common thread across the services I offer; and it lies at the heart of my approach to coaching, teaching, and facilitating.

Working together

Services are offered virtually and in-person in Brunswick, Maine.

Well-Being and Life Coaching

Take dedicated time and space just for you.

Set goals and make incremental progress toward those goals with more curiosity and compassion.

You have the option to integrate exercises from yoga, self-compassion, mindfulness, and Designing Your Life into your sessions.

Personal Training in Mind-Body Practices

Receive customized support to develop or deepen your practice in yoga, self-compassion, mindfulness, and/or meditation. This service is offered one-on-one, and customized for your goals.

Workshops for Individuals

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.

Workshops For Organizations

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, and address burnout. 

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