Transforming Caregiver Stress into Compassion Resilience

Meet Kirstie

“I think what I’m most grateful for, is simply Kirstie’s way of being. At some point while we were talking I felt a weight lift off me, my vision clear and somewhat more myself – such a relief “ –  Daniel Kendall, full time carer.

Kirstie Seaborne is a Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Trauma and Family Resiliency specialist, and one of Europe’s leading Somatics (body intelligence) practitioners.

kirstie seaborne compassion fatigue specialistShe designed the SomaSmart Resource Model for Compassion Resiliency to help wounded healers recapture dignity, hope and purpose, and stay compassionately connected to themselves and others in the face of pressure and challenge.

And she created Embodied Parent Education, to celebrate and share how body-centered wisdom can cultivate more attuned and harmonious family relationships.

Kirstie has direct, personal (and painful) experience of the chaos that traumatic stress can wreak on the family system. She draws on her experience as a foster carer, a birth Mum to her almost-adult daughter, and adoptive parent to her son, who has complex emotional, behavioural and attachment challenges as a result of developmental trauma.

She is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional and Certified Compassion Fatigue Resiliency Educator, and a post-graduate advanced certificate student in Traumatic Stress Studies at Bessel Van Der Kolk’s Trauma Centre.

She is also a qualified teacher (PGCE), with a Masters degree from The Laban Centre (specialising in Dance In Education), a Bowen Therapist, and a Leadership Embodiment Coach (one of just a handful of people across the UK who is certified in this beautiful coaching model).

Kirstie’s work is influenced by her training in Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild (author of Help The Helper), Somatic Attachment and Relational Trauma with Dr Diane Poole Heller, the AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution (Level 1 certification) with Caryn Scotto D’Luzio, Leadership Embodiment with Wendy Palmer, Leadership in Action and Somatic Bodywork with the Strozzi Institute, and Science of Somatics with Mandy Blake, and other key teachers including Paul Linden, Bruce Fertman and Corky Quakenbush. She has attended hundreds of hours of trainings in attachment and therapeutic parenting from leading experts such as Dan Siegel, Dan Hughes, Kim Golding, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Stephen Porges. Holly Van Gulden and Richard Bowlby.

She is an experienced, experiential workshop leader and curriculum designer, having spent many years teaching in FE and HE sectors, including ten years as an academic course leader. For the past six years she has been privileged to serve as a Mental Health Mentor for Brighton University, supporting students who are experiencing serious, long-term mental health issues.

She has trained hundreds of people across every sector, including parents, educators, children, performers, health-workers, senior managers and leaders from the charity, public and private sectors (including The Body Shop, Bupa, PCTs, Universities and Mental Health Trusts, Princess of Wales Carers Trust.

Her main areas of study – in addition to Compassion Fatigue and Dance – are Somatics, Attachment, Developmental Trauma, Therapeutic Parenting, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and the Polyvagal Theory.


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She has two books in progress, “Trauma-Proofing Mum and Dad” and “Parenting with the Body in Mind.” 


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