Welcome! I'm Kate Diggory and my passion is working with and helping Carers to take care of themselves - those of you who are paid professionally to care such as Doctors, Nurses, therapists of all descriptions & social workers and those of you who provide unpaid physical and emotional care for your loved ones including partners, relatives, friends and neighbours.
I'm a mindfulness and self-compassion teacher, accredited counsellor (MBACP Accred.), supervisor and coach. I've worked for several years in the Hospice movement as a counsellor working with adult patients and bereaved family members as well as running a community wide bereavement service for children, young people and their families.
I have practised (sometimes a little irregularly!) meditation for many years and have completed training for mindfulness-based teachers, Mindfulness in Individual Therapy and Specialist Teacher Training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer, all with Bangor University. I have also had the privilege of undertaking Self-Compassion Core Skills Training and training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher with Christopher Germer & Kristin Neff. I've also completed a year long compassion training with the Mindfulness Association and trained in Compassion Focused Therapy with Professor Paul Gilbert. I hold a PG Diploma and MSc in Counselling Psychology from Keele University.
I currently lead mindfulness and self-compassion groups for palliative care patients, carers and staff at a local hospice and I'm a PhD student at the University of Chester where I'm researching a self-compassion training for carers of individuals with life limiting and terminal illness.