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, teachers 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 lead mindfulness and self-compassion groups for hospice palliative care patients, carers and staff.
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'm a PhD student at the University of Chester where I'm researching a brief self-compassion training for carers of individuals with life limiting and terminal illness. I have completed my research and hope to be publishing my results in 2021 .