Biography

Kate is a BACP accredited humanistic/integrative counsellor, supervisor and coach. She has worked for several years in the Hospice movement as a counsellor working with adult patients, carers, friends and relatives and bereaved family members. She has previously run a community wide bereavement service for children, young people and their families as well as worked in private practice.

Kate is interested in mindfulness and self-compassion, professional and informal carer self-care, life-limiting illness, palliative care, bereavement and loss and spirituality. Kate was awarded her PhD from the University of Chester. Her research explored the experiences of informal carers of those with a life limiting or terminal diagnosis of a brief self-compassion intervention. She is predominantly a qualitative researcher with interests in qualitative focused mixed methods, reflexive thematic analysis, phenomenological approaches and using media and virtual data collection methods.

Research and scholarship

  • May 2018 Poster presentation “Experiences of a brief self-compassion programme for carers of those with a life limiting or palliative diagnosis. A pilot study” BACP Annual Research Conference, London 2018
  • March 2019 “Self-Compassion as Self-Care: Caring for the Carer” 13th Annual Keele Counselling Conference
  • May 2019 “Self-Compassion for carers. Experiences of a short programme for carers of those with a life limiting or palliative diagnosis” BACP Annual Research Conference, Belfast 2019
  • April 2021 “Teetering on the edge. Despair and hope in caring for someone with a life-limiting or terminal diagnosis. The role of self-compassion and self-care” 15th Annual Keele Counselling Conference
  • May 2021 “I too matter. The role of counsellors, psychotherapists and healthcare practitioners in encouraging self-compassion and self-care in unpaid carers” BACP Annual Research Conference, online May 2021

Teaching

  • PSY-40026 Research Methods
  • PSY-40027 Dissertation
  • PSY- 40054 Personal and Professional Development and Reflexivity

Publications

Diggory, K., & Reeves, A. (2021). ‘Permission to be kind to myself’. The experiences of informal carers of those with a life-limiting or terminal illness of a brief self-compassion-based self-care intervention. Progress in Palliative Care, 1-9. doi:10.1080/09699260.2021.1972722

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