• Cultivating a Compassionate Start Blog
  • Flowing Into the New Year Podcast
  • Cultivating Compassion in Transitions Worksheet
  • Journal Prompts
    to Cultivate a
    Compassionate Transition
  • Cultivating Compassion
    Client/Provider Worksheet for the New Year

Cultivating Compassionate Beginnings Resource Pack

Life transitions can be a difficult time for many people. These transitions usually require processing the past and making plans for moving forward and that can be tricky as grief, fear, regret, and other emotional states can easily trigger critical self-talk and shame. 

This resource pack includes resources that discuss life transitions and cultivating compassion when moving forward towards a new beginning. We use the New Year as a starting point to address transitions in our podcast and blog, but the ideas presented can be applied to any transitional situation. Two of the three included worksheets are not focused on any specific transition, to be customized for whatever situation you or your clients are working through (wedding, death, new job, birth of a child, retirement, etc.), while the last worksheet is already modified for the New Year.

We've also included our informative podcast episode and blog post, to make it as easy as possible for you to access all of our content. (No need to have more tabs open than necessary!)
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Laurel Sims-Stewart


Laurel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a background in art therapy and sits on the Kentucky Art Therapy Association board. She is the recipient of the 2019 Bridge to Light award for Child Counseling and Support. In her work with the Academy, Laurel assists in content production, development, and training.

Laurel specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, and life stage transitions. Throughout her time in practice, she has always gravitated toward an integrative, insight-based approach. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and meditation, psychoeducation, and expressive techniques. She encourages all of her clients to take an active role in writing the narrative of their life by including elements of mind, body, and spirit throughout.

Stephanie Batts

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Stephanie received an M.A. in Professional Counseling from McKendree University in Illinois, and recently received a post-graduate certificate in Couple Therapy. She is also a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner. Stephanie began her career helping teens and their families in crisis situations. Later, she worked at a community mental health facility serving both mental health and substance abuse clients.

Stephanie has worked with a diverse population of individuals, couples, and families. She is passionate about creating resources for clients that are helpful tools in utilizing integrative practices for a variety of issues. Stephanie believes in a holistic approach and in her clinical work uses a combination of counseling techniques such as brainspotting, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness meditation, solution focused, self-awareness, and much more.
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Juniper Owens


Juniper earned bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Louisville and is a licensed clinical social worker in Kentucky. She's currently pursuing a doctorate at Tulane University's School of Social Work. Juniper holds certifications in various therapeutic approaches, including EMDR, grief therapy, and Crisis and Suicide First Response.

Juniper co-founded Bridge Counseling and Wellness, a leading integrative mental health center in Louisville. She has also taught at the Kent School of Social Work, teaching Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and currently focuses on educational facilitation at the Academy. Her clinical expertise includes a range of therapeutic approaches, particularly in the treatment of anxiety and crisis work.