Catherine Ann Lombard, M.A.

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Catherine Ann Lombard is a psychosynthesis psychologist, counselor, writer, and teacher specializing in activating the will and bringing meaning to the workplace. She is a published writer of first-person essays, poetry, and news articles. She also teaches academic writing at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Her goal is to help people from all walks of life realize their full potential. As an empathetic presence, she sees her role as standing on the threshold, holding the door open, and helping her clients to journey from their present reality towards what they long to be.

Essentially, Catherine concentrates on helping her students and clients remove obstacles to improve their life and work performance. She believes that each individual innately knows the best way forward. Whether teaching English or guiding clients through their life journey, Catherine's goal is to help her clients identify and articulate what they need to more freely learn and integrate that knowledge.

Articles Published by On Being

Catherine recently had two blogs published by Krista Tippet's On Being, reaching more that 75,000 viewers.

A Communion with the Earth: Gardening and Gratitude

The Rhymes and Rituals of Cairo during Ramadan

Love and Will - A Blog on Psychosynthesis

Visit and follow Catherine's blog Love and Will, a psychosynthesis approach to living.

Article included in Top Most Read for 2014

Catherine is happy to announce that her article, "Coping with anxiety and rebuilding identity: A psychosynthesis approach to culture shock," published in Counselling Psychology Quarterly has been included in an online article collection featuring the most downloaded articles published in Routledge Behavioral Sciences journals in 2014.

The collection features the top three most downloaded articles that were published and downloaded in 2014in each Routledge Behavioral Sciences journal.

This article (along with others you might find interesting) will be freely available until the 30th June 2015.

Book Available

Book CoverNow available for purchase is Catherine's book From Culture Shock to Personal Transformation: Studying Abroad and the Search for Meaning.

Through her psychosynthesis counseling work with international students, Catherine illustrates how young people, when faced with the challenges of living abroad, can enter into a personal journey towards their authentic selves. Ultimately, by confronting themselves and growing in awareness, the students whose testimonies appear in this book release new creative energy and renew their personal and working relationships. To read the abstract of this study, click Abstract.

Recent News and Publications

Free Meditation

If you would like a free audio recording of the Body Feelings Mind Meditation for your daily practice, just email Catherine with your request. This meditation takes about 20 minutes and is practiced in a comfortable chair with your feet on the floor. The Body Feelings Mind Meditation was created by Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis, to help you to practice identifying and then disindentifying from your body, feelings, and mind.

Workshops

Catherine successfully led the workshop "The Upside of Stress" for the PhD students at the University of Twente on 11 June, 2015.

Recent Publications and Interviews

"Reconnecting the Personal Self with the Higher Self - Journeying with Dante", was co-authored with Catherine's husband Dr. Kees den Biesen and published in June 2015 in the Psychosynthesis Quarterly.

"Into the Hidden Things He Led My Way ... A Psychosynthesis View of Dante's Inferno", was co-authored with Catherine's husband Dr. Kees den Biesen and published in March 2015 in the Psychosynthesis Quarterly.

"Coping with Anxiety and Rebuilding Identity: a Psychosynthesis Approach to Culture Shock" was published by the peer-reviewed journal Counselling Psychology Quarterly on 17 January 2014. A shorter version appeared in the March 2014 newsletter of the Assoication for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis.

"Reading The Divine Comedy from a Psychosynthesis Perspective" was co-authored with Catherine's husband Dr. Kees den Biesen and published in September 2014 by the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis.

"In Search of Meaning" was published in December 2013 by the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis.

"Letter from the Netherlands" was published by the Guardian Weekly. See more photos and read Catherine's short reflection on her recent trip to see the blossoming tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens.

The Holland Times interviewed Catherine as a psychologist and expert on culture shock in the Netherlands.

"Living a Spiritual Life" was published in June 2013 by the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis.

To better understand Catherine's counseling work, you can read "Crossing Over," a story published in March 2013 by the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis. This reflection is about the conversion between a client's indecision to go home and visit her dying grandmother, Catherine's own personal story, Passover, and Easter Week.

Artwork Published on BBC Website

Catherine's painting Freedom was included in the collection of artwork for the BBC's Freedom2014 series. The painting is number 13 and represents how difficult it is to find the freedom to become our authentic selves.


Latest Poetry

Granada

At four a.m. I wake to
Silence
except for the soft rumble
of your snore
and the endless surge of thoughts
I struggle to rein in.
Shepherdess with errant sheep.

Sleep
seems far away
like the distant bells now
striking—one—two—three—four
and the Silence at last is
Sinkable.

I place my hands on heart
and belly and try to pray.
If woken,
God must want me to stay.
I scan the faces I saw that day.

The young girl at the bakery.
The young girl at the mercado.
The young girl on the bus.
The young girl in my old beating heart.

The gentle snore breaks.
Are you okay? he asks.
Shhh. Go back to sleep, I hush.
The night feels so deeply
Silent.

At last I too sleep
to dream awake my faith,
my fears.
A new holy day.

 

Catherine Ann Lombard
© September 12, 2012



PoemsSep 18, 2012

The Hummingbirds

We went to watch the hummingbirds
swoop at dusk.
Crone, child and I.
Sky was falling all over us.
Soft confetti light.
Pink…purple…blue.
Ruby-throated acrobats hovered and buzzed
while we tried to inch closer.
Statues that shadow shift.

Then the boy of twelve,
light mustached,
turned to grandmother and asked.
Can I do anything for you?
Do you need anything from me?
And broken woman, half-deaf, stared.
Stunned by the Love that had suddenly
swooped from the child—
like the tiny birds.

The Love that now hovered between us.
Stopping heart.
Speeding heartbeats.

Her eyes filled with soft raindrops
of nectar.
Her head imperceptibly shook.
No, I’m okay.

Mother’s mother.
Stared through held back tears
and whispered.
He’s so good.

 

Catherine Ann Lombard
Oceanside, California
©  January 15, 2012



WritingMar 18, 2012

One-Minute American

I turn West searching for familiar landscapes.
Open skies full of California sunshine.
Pacific waters stretching along long empty beaches.
Mountains covered in redwood forests.
Death Valley tinted sunsets.
Wide highways speeding towards deep horizons.

Instead...

I find myself on narrow bike lanes.
Endless flat grasslands lined with hilly dykes.
Cows stare back promising me round wheels of Dutch cheese.
Clouds billow across a windy sky.
Icy winters fill with rain.
In spring, rainbows of tulips.

Bicycle wheels turn round and round.
Weaving my story between home and where I live.
Dreams soar though both countries.
Languages blend into one song.
My heart beats between them...

Tot ziens America.
Hello Holland.
Tot ziens America.
Hello Holland.



WritingDec 27, 2011

Here I am Lord

Here I am Lord.
In your fire again.
Under the weight of
your golden hammer.
As you once again
try to forge me into
a full human being.

Here I am Lord.
Frightened and weeping again.
Under the weight of
your awesome Love.
As you once again
try to embrace me into
the beauty of
who I am.

Here I am Lord.
Raging resistant again.
Under the fierce Light of
your omnipresence.
As you once again
try to bathe me in
your mercy,
shadows redeemed.

I am here Lord.
Inching closer to Joy.
Under the guidance of
your mysterious hand.
As you once again
try to nudge me towards
wholeness
and my place
in this world.



WritingAug 23, 2011

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