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
  • Uncertainty
  • Loss 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 coaching, courses and workshops to:

  • Acknowledge the difficulties we each experience
  • Navigate uncertainty, change, stress and difficulty with curiosity and ease
  • Cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and self-compassion
  • Explore mindful, creative tools to find a path forward.

About me

Welcome. I offer one-on-one coaching sessions, courses and custom workshops.

My certifications include:

  • Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher
  • MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Certified Coach, Wellness & Health
  • Certified Designing Your Life Coach and Facilitator
  • Certified Yoga Teacher, 200 hr.

My areas of focus: self-compassion, mindfulness, embodied well-being, Designing Your Life, living with purpose, facing uncertainty, dealing with loss and life transitions, motivation and change, self-care, yoga.

Currently my offerings are virtual with some limited opportunities for in-person offerings in Brunswick, ME.

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


Coaching sessions

Work with me one-on-one to explore:

  • Practices to manage stress and uncertainty
  • Compassion, mindfulness, and a creative approach to meeting life’s struggles
  • Embodied well-being

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

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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

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