Meet Cait Wotherspoon, Grief & Bereavement Counselling Expert, Keynote Speaker and Author of
Rediscover Joy: Living Life Alongside Grief
As part of our business coaching community, Women with Influence, we have gotten to know Cait, her story and her incredible influence with her clients
Cait Wotherspoon is a Grief & Bereavement Counselling expert. With over 40 years of experience she’s helped thousands of people unravel the twists and turns of grief. Cait assists them to rediscover the joy in their life while living alongside grief. She provides the tools to create a new life without their loved ones.
Her qualifications include a PhD in the Social Sciences, a Grad. Dip. in Psychology and certifications in several useful psychometric and personality inventories. As part of our Women with Influence business coaching community I’ve gotten to know Cait and her story.
A life twist that became a cyclone
When Cait was 27 years old, her life took an unusual twist, which turned into a cyclone. She already had a gorgeous two-and-a-half-year-old daughter and was pregnant with twins. Her identical twin daughters were born at 24-weeks gestation.
The youngest twin lived for one week and the oldest twin was in the hospital for the first six months of her life. She came home for one month and then spent the next six years in and out of the hospital every couple of months and staying in for months at a time. So, a lot of both her daughters’ first years were spent in and around hospitals and Cait had firsthand experience of grief and loss. In fact, Cait learned so much about medicine during the first year of her daughter’s life that she decided to go to university to become a registered nurse.
But the hits would just keep coming. Cait’s dad was then diagnosed with lung cancer and died 18 months later. Her favourite aunt was diagnosed with cancer that quickly metastasised as well. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Nursing, she became certified in oncology and palliative care.
A passion for helping
Cait’s passion lies in helping others. In particular, she helps her clients (organisations, adults and children) with their losses, grief and bereavement.
Loss comes in many and varied forms. She has helped clients learn to cope with the loss of relationships, pets, careers, miscarriage, parents, grandparents, employment, independence, dreams and much more. In her grief counselling work, Cait helped many people with their bereavement so that they could rediscover joy and happiness again. This has often meant working with organisations who work with grief, such as veterinary services and the health sector.
Her rich and varied professional and family life has provided her with skills and experiences enabling her to become a better counsellor and psychotherapist. She brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to her work, so you get the best help possible.
Rediscover Joy: Living life alongside grief
Cait is the author of Rediscover Joy: Living life alongside grief. Cait said that grief can feel lonely and isolating. Friends and family don’t know how to be with you, so they leave you alone and give you unwanted (but well meaning) advice on how to get on with your life.
You’re often so overwhelmed with sadness and helpless. You feel disconnected from friends and family and slowly drift away from everyone. Friendships disappear, relationships dissolve and families break apart.
Many organisation’s have sough our Cait and her work to help their leaders and staff cope with loss and grief. In addition, she helps these groups rediscover joy at work, where they increase engagement, wellbeing and performance. And she helps them rediscover joy at home, to reconnect with their support system and themselves.
As a business coaching community what we love most about Cait is her insight into grief and her ability to translate such complex emotions into words. During Covid health practitioners were exposed to an increasing death rates and high suicide rates. In addition, veterinary science staff have been struggling to cope. That’s why Cait’s work is becoming more crucial for all organisations to better support their staff in this way.
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