The Calm and Compassionate Parenting Story

Kathryn brings over 15years of experience in Clinical Psychology. She qualified from Glasgow University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004. She has since worked in Paediatrics, Child and Adolescent Community teams and, alongside her NHS work, ran a private practice for 18 months. She is passionate about creating healthy mental health and open attitudes to mental health.

She was inspired to create this workshop after seeing a gap in mental health services for children in Scotland in supporting parents to support their child’s emotional well being. She also became a parent! 


After running three groups in Argull and Bute, Scotland, between 2017 and 2019, it rapidly became clear that this was a fundamental workshop for parents, and should be received as early as possible, to give children the best possible chance at having healthy mental health. 

It combines teaching skills laid out in one of the most accessible and successful parenting books 'How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk' by Adele Fable and Elaine Mazlish and skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT for short). ACT teaches you to accept the difficult feelings that go with parenting and chose how to respond in those tricky parenting moments.

Having moved to Australia in July 2019, pre COVID,  Kathryn’s passion for this work led her to running a trial workshop, to see how it was received by Australian mums. It was resoundingly positive and extraordinarily timed just before COVID 10 lockdown. 


This is an exciting time for Calm and Compassionate Parenting as Kathryn starts to role out the workshop in Tasmania, where she now lives.