Strategic Initiatives Manager - WHEN | Women’s Higher Education Network
As an organisation that exists to support women working in Higher Education and propel gender equality, I invited Katie to run a webinar on ‘befriending your inner critic’. From the moment I met Katie, I felt at ease and trusted that she truly wanted to shape her talk in a way that resonated with our members.
My initial impressions were substantiated as Katie delivered a wonderful, compassionate, and engaging session. The webinar had our highest number of attendees for over 6 months and the feedback was resoundingly positive. For me, self-compassion has always been a bit of an abstract concept and it was great to understand how we can implement it in our day-to-day with tangible tips and takeaways.
Katie was fantastic at responding to members’ questions in a kind and open way, and her communication in the lead up to the event was second to none. I would 100% recommend Katie to others and be confident that she would bring great value and insight.
Head of HR - Borough Care: Dementia and Residential Care Provider
Katie attended our staff conference to raise awareness of well-being and the importance of mindfulness. She is an incredibly positive and professional speaker and engaged all our staff.
Since her visit we have doubled the amount of people visiting our on-line wellness centre and putting their mental health at the forefront of their priorities.
We would welcome working with Katie again and highly recommend her.
Volunteer Team Leader - CSSC Northwest
CSSC (Civil Service Sports Council) is a not for profit membership organisation for Civil Servants and Public Sector Employees. CSSC’s vision is to inspire members to explore new ways to be active and healthy.
From Lucy Swann
Katie hosted an online Mindfulness for Self Care session for our members, due to the COVID 19 Pandemic and lockdown scuppering any plans for an ‘in person’ event.
From the very first contact with Katie she was extremely professional and easy to work with. The session was planned in line with what we wanted, and Katie was able to send me all the information and resources needed really efficiently and in good time.
Katie was great at communication, and I knew that the event would go fantastically because she is clearly so well organised and trustworthy. The session was beyond expectation, Katie is extremely personable, putting everyone at ease and giving everyone a chance to speak and share their needs and experiences. Personal stories and truthful emotion from Katie really brought the session to life and allowed our members to relate. Everyone on the virtual session was wonderfully engaged- completely involved in Katie’s words and direction. Katie’s manner immediately put everyone at ease and her friendly personality and kindness really shone through.
Virtual events can be difficult- they are so different to what we are all used to, but Katie knew completely how to manage it, was engaging and gave a truly personal approach. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Katie for any event- be it in person or virtual. A true professional who clearly cares.
We have already booked more sessions and look forward to working with Katie much more in the future.
From CSSC Members
“Thank you very much for organising the session with Katie Sheen and sending me the slides. It was both an informative and relaxing session from Katie who was really engaging and sold the benefits of mindfulness well. I loved the practical tips and mindfulness practice.”
“I found this an interesting, helpful and well-balanced session.”
“The session was fantastic, really helped me understand more about mindfulness and I really liked hearing Katie’s stories, it helped bring the content to life.”
“I enjoyed the webinar yesterday and am definitely interested in additional sessions.”
“I found it excellent. I’ve been telling everyone today about how I had the best sleep ever afterwards and slept til 8.30am which is unheard of!”
“It was really engaging and interesting. Thank you!”
“Thank you very much, I really enjoyed the webinar last night and found it most useful.”
Webinars for GPs
I mean wow! That first session for the COVID-19 GPs’ support group with not many hours’ notice at all speaks volumes. So then we’ve had so much positive feedback.
My first contact with Katie was a webinar presentation that a charity Heart Valve Voice were going to do to support their community of patients with heart valve disease and their families and relatives and supporters. They were keen to offer something under the heading of mindfulness and wellbeing and introduced me to Katie.
So it was really interesting to meet and be able to go through the technical rehearsal and then sit and host that charity’s webinar, and really enjoy the content that Katie was sharing. In fact even before Katie did her webinar, just from the chat that we had beforehand, I invited her to come on and share a little of the content with the COVID-19 GPs’ support group weekly web meeting that I was putting together.
I’ve really enjoyed the sessions. They’re great because they explain as well as give the experience. So it satisfies my logical rational brain, as well as satisfying me emotionally. It’s very therapeutic. All of the sessions have been very, very flexible and adaptable at tailoring what Katie offers based on the sense she gets of what might be helpful at the time… and that’s a real skill. That’s a real skill.
So Katie, you’ve been very kind, sharing resources such as that Mindfulness Course for Anxiety, and it’s been lovely to be able to share all of those resources out through the Primary Care Support Group and to colleagues.
So I’m hoping that awareness of what you do and what you’re offering will spread, you know, spread the good. But I really appreciate what you’ve given in supporting myself and my colleagues and would thoroughly recommend you to anybody who’s looking for somebody who’s experienced in teaching and training and talking around mindfulness and wellbeing and managing mental wellbeing, especially anxiety.
There’s a lot of authenticity. How you share your difficult journey is inspiring, because that difficult journey has led to the person you are now and all the growth, and the sort of direction that you’re moving in now is obviously in some way quite significantly linked to your life experience. So there’s real authenticity to how you share and teach and bring people into a mindfulness experience. And it’s very worthwhile.
So I fully recommend Katie to anybody. If you’ve got any thoughts, pick up the phone or get on a Zoom meet and have a chat with Katie.