Resilience: it’s about thriving instead of coping

Our goal is to help you build your resilience skillset, resources and capacity, so you can thrive – instead of coping. Imagine your life with less stress, more time, more energy and better focus; equipped with resilience skills and resources to meet the demands, busyness and challenges of virtual work and life.  Imagine yourself thriving in life: motivated, productive, balanced and a whole lot happier.

We help you build effective resilience strategies for work & life

Interactive & engaging virtual group sessions, one-on-one executive & personal coaching, and coach-training courses that transform our clients’ work and life from coping to thriving.

Virtual group sessions: resilience, leadership, team & mental health

Virtual Group Sessions & Workshops – from coping to thriving. The past eighteen months have changed how we work, with so much unexpected change and challenges.  It affects everyone.   When the pandemic started, our workplaces were already fast-changing, demanding and busy.  Now?  It’s reached a critical point.  People need the tools and new perspectives that resilience can offer.  It’s not about being stoic, enduring or coping, because resilience helps you make life better. And YOU deserve better.  A resilience toolkit is about what you and your team can do to recharge and restore, to move forward – unscathed and thriving.  And this is where resilience-building sessions are essential to keeping you and your team productive: resilient, mentally and physically healthy, and to prevent unnecessary depletion, turnover and burnout.  In our sessions, we’ll focus on reducing stress, maintaining capacity and mental health, and building realistic work-life balance.

Whether you need a small group session, an all-staff retreat or interactive training for your management team or employees, we can design practical, interactive virtual group sessions that truly fit the needs of your group and deliver tangible results.

Our mission is to help you, whether you are a leader, a manager or an employee, whether you want this for yourself, for your team or for your organization, so you develop simple, accessible resilience skills and resources.  We use a three-dimensional framework of adaptable strategies that can be easily applied to work and personal life adn will enhance individual and team capacity, morale and productivity, building a healthier, mentally supportive, sustainable workplace culture.

Engaging customized virtual group sessions

We design and customize sessions that fit your expectations and the needs of your group, whether for a staff retreat, a department meeting, training sessions for managers, or a wellness or mental health training. Below is a sample of customized sessions we designed and provided so far this year:

  1. Building resilience, mental health & productivity in pandemic times & beyond
  2. Take control of your stress: reduce, prevent & avoid chronic stress & burnout with a four-phase approach
  3. Resilient leadership: a proactive approach to thriving (not coping) despite challenges
  4. Working, managing & leading virtually: from challenges to realistic solutions
  5. Building motivation, productivity & adaptability with a resilient approach
  6. Build your work-life (and self) balance in pandemic times and beyond
  7. Building capacity: to work, lead and live better, using small steps
  8. Life resources management: it’s about time…it’s also about mental space and energy
  9. Leading/managing effectively through change & transition (also: dealing with change)
  10. From coping to thriving: simple steps to build productivity, motivation & resilience
  11. Healthier workplace: building productivity, mental health, resilience & culture
  12. Letting go of myths that interfere with individual, team or workplace resilience
  13. Resilient leadership for a resilient, productive workplace
  14. Virtual communication: new skills, new strategies
  15. Dealing successfully with difficult conversations, people & situations
  16. Working better together (team-building)
  17. Caring for the caregivers: insights, tools & resources to protect resilience & mental health
  18. Building family resilience
  19. Harassment & bullying: solutions & strategies
  20. Cultural diversity: building a respectful workplace
  21. Intergenerational workplace

For more information and costs, contact us:

What is coaching?

Coaching helps you grow the motivation, strategies and tools to enhance your life and career, with big-picture, practical small-step solutions that gradually take you to success.  Through our sessions, you learn to discern and prioritize actions that take you to the results you want.   You will learn how to improve your personal and work life, and build a life and career that fits you, your needs, your objectives. Coaching delivers significant, long-lasting results by using personalized strategies that work for you for the long term.  It supports your priorities, your dreams and your goals. A suggestion? Book an exploratory call with Catherine and see how you’d benefit from a coaching approach to your life, career or business.  

Our approach:

We use a strength-based appreciative inquiry approach, helping you uncover your gifts and motivation, and how you can shine, showing up in your life and career at your best.  Our 30-year experience coaching people with different goals, challenges and circumstances help us provide you with the best fit for your life, in an ongoing process of small challenges and small changes taking you where you want to be with the resources, skillset and vision that ensures the best outcomes.

Coaching will help you:

  1. Create the right work-life balance to maintain mental health & quality of life
  2. Reduce the stress & impacts of sudden or ongoing change, demands & uncertainty
  3. Improve mental-physical health, energy and quality of life
  4. Find renewed energy and motivation to prevent burnout
  5. Enhance your leadership strengths and skills, and improve your people management skills
  6. Explore new career options; or get that promotion without burning out
  7. Deal positively with a trauma, loss or life transition
  8. Prepare and plan the next phase of life, for a smooth transition into retirement
  9. Make better use of your life resources: time, energy and mental space
  10. Negotiate and structure workload, expectations and priorities
  11. Focus on sustainable, practical strategies
  12. Learn the power of small steps and a learner approach to better life/work balance

Our coaching sessions

Individual Resilience Coaching: one-on-one actionable conversations with an expert focused on your needs.  This past year has been a challenge, to say the least.  Whether your focus is to improve your personal life, your career or both, coaching will provide you effective, simple tools, realistic strategies and experienced guidance – a solid foundation on which to build your personal and work life.

Coaching will help you gain new insights, skills and tools to enhance your resilience and leadership. All coaching sessions are one-on-one, confidential and available virtually using Zoom or other video platform. Suggestion: book an exploratory call and see how you’d benefit from a coaching approach to your life.

Executive Resilience Coaching: build a life and a career that fit you. This past year has been marked by so many changes, challenges and a fast learning curve. How are you dealing with so much at once? How can you better support yourself and your team? What strengths do you need to showcase, and what skills do you need to learn or enhance?  We will address these and so much more during our coaching, so you can build balance and quality of life into your days. All coaching sessions are one-on-one, confidential and available virtually using Zoom or another video platform. Suggestion: book an exploratory call and see how you’d benefit from a coaching approach to your life.

Resilience & Mental/Physical Health Coaching: recover from chronic stress and burnout. With so much change, worry and uncertainty, you know that mental health is an important focus as much for you as for your family and your team.  Working with an experienced, professional resilience coach will help you address life challenges with simple, realistic solutions. Coaching will help you identify new choices that will reduce and prevent stress, fuel motivation and productivity, and build sustainable practices to support you.  All coaching sessions are one-on-one, confidential and available virtually using Zoom or another video platform. Suggestion: book an exploratory call and see how you’d benefit from a coaching approach to your life.

Professional coach training courses: build your resilience expertise

Build your professional expertise and toolkit as you learn new approaches and access new opportunities with resilience coaching.  As a successful coach, resilience is more than ever an essential skillset to enhance your coaching, support your coaching practice, and provide a new expertise. But resilience is for many, even trained coaches and therapists, a blurry concept.  The following courses provide essential knowledge, strategies, insights and tools you need to be a more effective professional, at a time when resilience and mental health become crucial. All the following courses provide continuing education credits through ILCT (institute for Life Coach Training) towards ICF accreditation.  


Coaching for Personal Resilience (20 CEC’s) – live virtual course, 10 weeks, Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm ET.  Fall session Sep 21-Nov 23, 2021. REGISTRATION CLOSED – COURSE FULL. A ground-breaking, practical course to introduce professionals and coaches working in mental health, health care, human resources, change management and learning institutions.  Learn to coach a practical, effective approach to resilience-building.  You will identify what makes a strong resilience skillet, and coach individuals as they grow their vision, skills and resources to best face life’s challenges and thrive To register or for more information, click here:

Resilience 101 (6 CEC’s) – live virtual course, 3 weeks, Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm ET.  Next sessions scheduled for late fall 2021Learn simple tips, tools and strategies that will build a life that truly fits you.  Access easy resilience strategies and skills, and build capacity with easy steps.  Make the most of your busy life and show up motivated, energized and ready to move forward.  To register or for more information, click here:

Organizational Resilience & Resilient Leadership Coach Training (20 CEC’s) – live virtual course, 10 weeks, Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm ET.  Next session scheduled Jan 13-Mar 17, 2022.  This coach training course builds on personal resilience concepts, with a positive, practical approach to building individual and collective resilience in a resilient work culture.  Learn what makes resilient leadership and how to design interactive virtual resilience group sessions.  Prerequisites: 40 hours of coach training, plus completed one of the following courses:  Resilience 101 or Coaching for Personal Resilience. For more information or to register, click here:

Coaching for Family Resilience (10 CEC’s) – live virtual course, 5 weeks, Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm. Feb 15-Mar 8, 2022. This coach training course will deepen and broaden knowledge and strategies introduced in Resilience 101, to help your clients grow and build healthy, resilient family dynamics. For more information or to register, click here:        

Resilience: it’s about recharging, not enduring

Resilience is your Life Owner’s Maintenance Manual. Whether you buy a car or a blender, it comes with an owner’s manual providing clear instructions, cautions and troubleshooting.  Your car needs gas (fuel) and oil changes (maintenance) to keep working.  Not either-or: it needs both, and fuel and maintenance for your car are needs, not rewards.  Your car also needs a competent driver, directing it to destination.  Now replace the word car by “life”.  You need fuel (mental and physical energy recharge).  You need a competent driver (skillset) to direct you to destination (your life big picture).   Now ask yourself: are you running on fumes or on a full tank?  Do you rest and recharge yourself enough and regularly to keep going without losing capacity?  Do you maintain your mental and physical health and energy?  To be fully alive, motivated, resilient and healthy you need fuel, maintenance, a good driver and a direction.  This is what our coaching and group sessions can provide you and your team, customized to the specific needs you have.

Resilience keeps you thriving instead of coping with life… and with everyday demands.  It gives you a solid healthy foundation to making better decisions about your life… To recover and keep going forward… To show up at your best, protecting, maintaining and restoring your mental & physical capacity to show up, shine and make the most of your circumstances.

Resilience is about maintaining your mental (and physical) health, quality of life, motivation and productivity. You learn the power of making intentional choices, to support and lead you into the life you deserve to have.

Resilience-focused coaching and group sessions will help you meet your objectives easily, with small steps that focus on best results.  Our goal is to make your life and your work easier and lighter,  with a common-sense, simple-step approach based on expertise and 30 years of professional experience.  Learn how to build resilience, balance, energy, motivation and leadership into your life, career and workplace.

About Catherine

Catherine Morisset, Professional Certified Coach PCC-ICF; Certified Life & Resilience Coach ILCT; Board-Certified Coach BCC-CCE; BA Psychology UO.  E-RYT YA; NWS/OAS-CFP; CALA

Languages: English, French, Spanish.  Canadian Federal Government Secret Clearance


I love how my work allows me to help people build a life and career that inspires, fulfills and fits them.  But it took me years of exploring and acquiring experience in business and adult education to finally identify that my life’s work would be to help others build a resilient life and career.  It started with my keen interest in how we can be more resilient – the skillset,  the vision and the self-maintenance habits we build through our choices – and I had plenty of new choices to make after I burned out in my late 20’s…  And again after a difficult divorce, raising three kids to adulthood on my own, while working full time and preparing for the next phase of my life with a degree in psychology and two coaching certifications.  Life was busy and full, and resilience?  It was front and centre – I knew how essential it was to my life. But how were other people doing?  What was the research?  My fascination grew,  and so did my curiosity about learning what makes us resilient – and what brings us down.  Little things and big events.  Sometimes we simply forget that we, too, deserve care, and maybe a break to rest and recharge.  We forget that our tiny choices, repeated often enough, have huge impacts on our health, quality of life and future.  And too often what we don’t pay attention to, like overworking, stress overload, and chronic neglect of our basic needs, are what can lead to breakdown and burnout.  The little negative choices we make take us on a vicious cycle: depletion, burnout, progressive loss of mental and physical health.  The little positive choices we make are also the solution to help build and maintain a successful, resilient life and career – for ourselves and even for a whole team and organization.  I hope to have the opportunity to help you address some of your challenges and build resilience into your own life, or help you build your team and your organization.

What makes me a great coach? My passion, approach, background, experience… and I walk my talk

My passion is to help you build the life and career you dream of, now and for the future, as you improve your quality of life, your energy, health and productivity, leading you to the successful life you want.

My approach is that respectful progressive small steps work best to improve how you can lead and support your life to grow more resilient, and I’ll help you find new options, and implement simple, practical strategies to get the results you want.

My professional background includes 10 years as teacher on faculty with the Canada School of Public Service, coaching and training leaders towards resilience and wellness; six years providing ICF-credited coach training to professionals internationally; and overall 28 years of coaching and training leaders, executives and employees in the public and private sectors.  I’ve been given the opportunity of leading an adult education department, and of managing four successful businesses.

My life experience – being a single mom to three fantastic kids is part of real life and helps me understand the challenges that life throws us.  It’s made me who I am, too.

I walk my talk. I love my work, but I also keep space to live a good, satisfying, resilient life…  Whether connecting with family and friends, quiet writing,  hiking up a Gatineau hill or down a canyon in Arizona, dancing salsa, teaching Yoga or meditation, sea-kayaking somewhere in Canada, or free-diving in the ocean.  Every day offers a menu of wonderful discoveries and experiences. It’s been exciting, challenging, and it led me to meet you today.  Amazing.  Let’s dig in: what do you want out of your life?

Our clients learn how to build a thriving, resilient life & career

Group sessions help people like you get more out of life. We design and deliver motivating group sessions, courses and staff retreats, and provide individual coaching to leaders, executives, employees and people who want to build a rich life, a rewarding career and a better workplace.  We provide coaching to leaders, executives,  busy professionals, parents, helping them build supportive resilience strategies to life and work challenges, such as life and career transitions, adaptation to change, complex personal issues and burnout.

Our Clients

We work regularly with federal government departments and agencies, with national and international organizations, and with individual clients.  Our clients are busy with the challenges of a fast-paced, multi-dimensional, diverse workplace and demanding family/personal life.  They want and deserve the best outcomes, and we provide them with adapted, realistic, practical strategies and solutions.

We are based in Ottawa, Canada and work virtually with clients around the world.

  • CIC – Citizenship & Immigration Canada
  • CBSA – Canada Border Services Agency
  • CRA – Canada Revenue Agency
  • CRCC – Civilian Reviews & Complaints Commission (RCMP)
  • CSA – Canada Space Agency
  • CSPS – Canada School of Public Service
  • DFATD – Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development Canada
  • DFO – Fisheries & Oceans Canada
  • Entrepreneurs’ Organization  (professional association of entrepreneurs)
  • ESDC-HRSDC – Employment & Social Development Canada
  • FCM – Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • HC/SC – Health Canada
  • ILCT – Institute for Life Coach Training (USA)
  • INAC – Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada
  • Justice Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • NFSB – New Frontiers School Board
  • PPSC
  • Public Safety
  • RCMP – Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Service Canada
  • SOS-HC – Specialized Organizational Services, Health Canada
  • Statistics Canada
  • Transport Canada
  • TBS – Treasury Board

Our approach – user-friendly, practical, applicable, result-oriented.  I believe in a personalized approach that provides clear strategies, positive motivation and measurable results – because it works! My objective is to make your life easier and lighter, focusing on less investment… and better outcomes.  I know from experience that simple, small steps are easier to implement, apply and maintain, and that they deliver better results. Whether you want to improve your life, your career, your team or your organization, I can help you identify, implement and maintain simple, realistic, effective strategies that work specifically for your needs.

Our commitment is to get you the best outcomes



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Catherine truly set the tone for our group to start small and connect with reasonable goals. She exemplified by her words and the questions she asked. She was fully present and inspired and element of calm focus. It was clearly evident that she loves what she does and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. She taught from a place of genuine passion and expertise to the field of resilience and how it applies at a personal and organizational level.
Jennifer D.
About the Organizational Resilience course Catherine created and teaches at ILCT to train executive and business coaches: There are very few courses that I've taken that were as transformative and life-changing. This is one of them. Wonderful course and excellent instructor.
Dr. Kathy Terry
Your suggestions really helped and I look forward to further coaching with you. I appreciate your insights, suggestions, patience and encouragement over the past sessions. I know I have made some changes for the better and look forward to following up on the rest and succeeding.
James, Executive Coaching Client
Catherine’s approach was instrumental in re-creating our organization for the future: it changed everything. The insights, tools and strategies Catherine provided us have helped create a better, stronger organizational culture.
Sean, CEO Retreat
What Catherine taught me was how to focus on core strengths. Sounds something somewhat trite but it has made a substantive difference in my overall performance and quality of life, to function more effectively as an executive.
Bill, Executive Coaching Client
Your coaching sessions have helped me tremendously. Whereas a few months ago, I felt close to burnout, I can see how my life has changed for the better. I have restored myself, and I can address clearly how I can build a better career and a better life for myself. Thanks for your support, for the strategies you shared, and for believing in me.
Susan, Resilience Coaching Client
Yesterday’s Resilience-Building session for our team was such an eye-opener, and we have had so many positive comments. We look forward to our next session with you.
Greg, Resilience Team Session


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