Compassion Focused Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and Mentoring at the ICCFT encompass the theory and practises of Compassionate Mind Training (CMT).  Using the science that underpins CMT and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), we will teach you how to identify and understand your ways of thinking and feeling so that you can work with these thoughts and feelings in a constructive way. Our coaching programme will also teach you techniques to help you manage and bring compassion to your emotions (e.g. anxiety, anger, sadness).  We will also help you learn more about your motivations and your responses (e.g., self-criticism) so that you can confidently and successfully work towards your goals. Typical goals that are addressed through compassionate coaching include feeling more confident and well in general, applying for a new job, coping better with work stress, or sleeping better at night.

What will coaching at the ICCFT entail?

We offer an 8 week programme where you will be able to discuss and explore a current issue in your life that you are struggling with. It may be something that you feel is holding you back from being more content in life, or something that you have dreamed of doing but not yet been able to achieve. In these 8 weeks you will learn how the human brain operates from an evolutionary perspective and how this influences everyday living (emotions, decisions, actions). You will also be taught techniques and learn new ways of dealing with problems. You will be coached to use a Compassion Focused kitbag to help you find balance in your life.

Following completion of the 8 week coaching programme, should you wish to continue to be supported by the Centre, you can consider moving to our Mentoring Programme. This would involve a once monthly meeting for 90 minutes to review progress and challenges faced in the previous month. It gives coaching clients the opportunity to continue to learn and practice CMT techniques  and adapt them to your needs.

Meet Katherine Venier
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Katherine has a Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling from City University (London) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wits University (Johannesburg). She also holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Pretoria).  She has lived, worked, and studied in London, Johannesburg and Dublin, where she has lived for 14 years with her husband and 2 dogs.  

Katherine has completed training in Compassionate Mind Training with Dr. Chris Irons and Dr. Charlie Heriot-Maitland.  Katherine has chosen to specialise in Compassion Focused Coaching in order to use this approach to help clients navigate their way through the complexities of modern life with understanding and confidence.

To learn more about Compassionate Coaching and Mentoring, contact Katherine at 087 737-5912 or email her at

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