Transforming Caregiver Stress into Compassion Resilience

Sustaining strength, hope and purpose through tough times


Are you physically and emotionally drained as a result of caring for a family member?

Are you a professional helper or therapist, feeling the impact of daily exposure to so much suffering, pain and distress?

Are you are a parent, struggling to stay positive and calm in the face of your child’s challenging behaviours and intense moods?

Whatever personal caregiving context and challenge you may be experiencing,  I know there is something everyone shares…

…even the strongest, smartest and most skilful among us, can end up feeling disempowered, deskilled, and defeated.

 Because caring is difficult, and it can hurt.

Compassion fatigue, burn out and traumatic stress are all too common among caregivers. Not only do they have a serious impact on our vitality, health and relationships, they also threaten our personal sense of identity, safety, dignity, and self-efficacy. Especially if direct or indirect trauma is involved.

We all have a deep wellspring of compassion within us, but it is extremely vulnerable to stress, which can eventually lead to Blocked Care.

And it’s not surprising.

This desire to shut down or shut out (or even act out) is a natural, defensive response our organism takes to protect and care for itself, especially when we have been giving everything we have to give, with little guarantee of receiving anything in return.

The good news is, it is possible to grow our compassion resiliency, and learn more powerful resources, so we can extend a little more care, peace and ease towards ourselves and those we serve, even when times are tough.

But the truth is, we can no longer rely on the usual well-intentioned advice we receive about self-care and rest. Breaks, bubble baths and three deep breaths simply won’t cut it on their own, when there is so much at stake.

When it comes to compassion fatigue, some resources are more powerful for prevention than others, and learning them helps us step into the extraordinary resilience required of us over the long-term.

That’s why I created the SomaSmart Resource Model for Compassion Resiliency, so I can share deeply nourishing, somatic and embodied practices that help connect you with an inner strength, presence and purpose, that can be brought to bear in challenging situations.

“the expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet”naomi rachel ramen

kirstie-seaborne compassion resiliency Welcome. I’m Kirstie Seaborne (that’s me, soaking up some love from my son)

I’m glad you’re here. And I would like to take this chance to thank you for the extraordinary work that you do.

On this site you can find out more about me, and my online and live training courses.

And I hope you will discover at least a gentle drop of sanctuary and support amongst these words and pages.

Because you deserve it.

“I finally feel like I know how to make a REAL difference to my family” – adoptive mother, workshop participant

To learn more…

Introduction to the SomaSmart Resource Model

4 Essential Ingredients for Self Care Practice

What is Compassion Resiliency?

The 6 Pillars of Compassion Resiliency

Leadership Embodiment

Somatic Resources

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