About Kate

I’m a mum of two beautiful, vibrant girls, wife of James. During the pandemic we moved from our dear ramshackle farmhouse in Northern Ireland, to Luxembourg! Forrest Gump’s mum was right – “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”. We are thrilled, and count ourselves very lucky, to be exploring this quirky country in the heart of Europe.

I work worldwide by video link to help people understand that trauma is what happens inside of you as a result of being overwhelmed in body, mind, and spirit. This could have been a terrible event. Or a cocktail of situations. But at some point you won’t have been able to escape, fight off, or hide. This was so overwhelming it caused your mind and body to go into isolated, protective mode.

It may have happened years ago, so far back you hardly remember. So long ago, you’re not even sure it was trauma. Or it could be fresh in your mind.

I help you re-unite with the isolated and wounded Parts of yourself, to get unstuck in the present and move on, living a life that is worth the effort you put into it.

From my first job at age 21 where I led 50 people in a gritty, male-dominated environment, my career has been exciting and varied. Along the 25+ years since then I’ve routinely led teams from all walks of life; developed and trained people to go beyond what they thought they could do; and generally had a colourful life!

The bad leaders taught me as much as the good ones. I was bullied and shamed simply for being a woman in a man’s world. I experienced personal trauma during our first daughter’s birth when she almost died, and I felt my mind shatter with the pain and isolation of surviving those days.

Thankfully, she is doing great now, and our wee family is stronger than ever.

Part of my personal recovery led me to become passionate about learning the latest in neuro and bio psychology to discover what makes people operate at their best, even in horrendous situations. To help people find meaning in their traumas. Not just to survive, but flourish!

I didn’t want to go therapy in my life (therapy made me feel far worse). Instead I believed it was possible to heal without digging over old wounds, with the main aim of moving on and making the most of the time here and now. So along the way I have learnt, trained, and gained accreditations in a wide range of trauma-friendly skills that do exactly that:

MSc with Distinction in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP) from University of East London (course accredited by the European Coaching and Mentoring Council)

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Published research “Can resilience training improve wellbeing for people in high-risk occupations? A systematic review through a multidimensional lens” Published in the Journal of Positive Psychology April 2020 – DO1: 10.1080/17439760.2020.1752783.

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Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (to verify click HERE)

Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner. (to verify click HERE)

Trauma-Informed Coaching Certificate (ICF-Accredited) (for more details click HERE)

Member of the British Psychological Society Special Interest Group for Coaches

Connected Kids ™ Mindfulness and Meditation tutor (to verify click HERE)

Adult Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM™) Teacher

Kate has completed accredited training in Internal Family Systems™-Inspired Coaching

Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England)

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (full L7 HRM qualified)

I operate under the International Coaching Federation Code of Ethics, and accordingly work under supervision. For more on how this protects you and me, please read here.

Professional insurance: LaLux.

Basic Police Check Luxembourg (reference number available on request).

Zest Coaching is the trading name of Zest Coaching & Consulting S.A.R.L.s ref 10129769/0

Zest is defined as having physical and mental vigour which gives the courage and motivation to complete challenging tasks and situations[1], and this shows up as both the light, and the shadow side, of life. Kate uses evidence-based theories and techniques identified from rigorous research. Key influences at present are:

  • Somatic Coaching – working with the neuroscience of the body-mind connection using trauma-sensitive (not trauma-focussed) practices. Old patterns of stuckness may well have developed as protection or survival during a wide range of traumatic experiences – childbirth; aquired disability or illness; loss of a loved one; divorce; bullying;  harassment (on any protected grounds including caring responsibilities, gender, sexual preference, race, religion etc); events such as car crashes or on the battlefield; intense workplace stress and burnout (the list goes on). These gentle practices aim to work towards a new future within the ethical boundaries of coaching, and do not require therapy-style investigations of what happened in the past (Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Babette Rothschild, Franz Ruppert, David Treleaven, Deb Dana);
  • Applied theories of grit, resilience, growth mindset, and positive existential leadership to find your purpose and meaning in (and of) your life (Angela Duckworth, Yannick Jacob, Carol Dweck, Monica Hanaway, Tim Lomas, Itai Ivtzan, Richard Jacobs);
  • Connected Kids ™ meditation and mindfulness tutor (accreditation coming soon) using fun and creative meditation and mindfulness techniques to unfreeze anxious minds (exams, promotions, performance, relationship issues, life dilemmas) and regain your power no matter what life throws up (Lorraine Murray).

[1] Snyder, C. R.; Lopez, S. J. (2007). Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths. California: Sage.

I now offer my lifelong enthusiasm for bringing human flourishing to life, underpinned by the latest evidence-based science, and delivered in my own gritty, no-nonsense way!

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