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Kathleen Cator

Kathleen Cator is a Clinical Psychologist, Eco-psychologist, and Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher.  A former registered nurse, she has been a health professional for over 35 years. It is not easy to know which approach to take for self-discovery and finding psychological health and wholeness.  Kathleen’s approach is trauma informed, holistic and integrative.

Kathleen works with a wide range of people, groups and organisations including university students, healthcare workers, entrepreneurs and climate change activists. She has delivered the Mindful Self-Compassion Program across sectors: business, universities, hospitals, and community organisations. These include the Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University and the University of Western Australia, and social change entrepreneurs around the world. Kathleen’s work has been informed through her extensive trainings and she stands on the shoulders of giants of wisdom, mindfulness and compassion:  Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kristin Neff, Chris Germer, Jack Kornfield and Paul Gilbert. 

Kathleen obtained a Master of Clinical Psychology from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne; and is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher, from the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute at the University of Southern California, San Diego.  Kathleen is a registered clinical psychologist with the AHPRA Psychology Board of Australia. 

The Meaning of Metta

Metta in Pali, the language of early Buddhism, means loving-kindness. It is the intention for all beings to be well and truly happy. The essence of Metta is in friendship and a deep sense of connection. A knowing that our lives are interconnected and that Everyone Matters.

Loving Kindness is a foundational practice that cultivates compassion, wisdom, patience, tolerance, gratitude and forgiveness.

Research shows that this simple yet profound practice can change the structure of the brain, and generates measurable positive improvements in health and well being. As such, it is a proven pathway for emotional healing, transformation and living a fulfilling, joyful and meaningful life.



“Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it”