Catherine Ann Lombard, M.A.

About Catherine


Photo by Vera WarnsingCatherine Ann Lombard is a Psychosynthesis Psychologist, Counselor and Coach. She has an M.A. in Psychosynthesis Psychology from Middlesex University, London and a Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counseling from the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London. Catherine is registered as a member of the Association of Accredited Psychospiritual Practitioners (AAPP). She is from California and has lived in Japan, Egypt, Ireland, Italy, and now lives in Gronau, Germany. She is a published writer and poet and English teacher.

Catherine's book From Culture Shock to Personal Transformation, Studying Abroad and the Search for Meaning illustrates how  international students, 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.

Background Information

Catherine spent a year in Cairo working with the Garbage Collectors and the Coptic Orthodox Church. She lives with her husband, a theologian and the world’s leading expert on Ephrem the 4th century Syriac poet. For six years, they lived in Umbria, Italy, where they grew their own food and renovated a 13th century home. There she wrote personal essays and taught yoga, meditation and English language.

Catherine also studied Japanese tea ceremony for three years under Sensei Kikuchi, Master of Urasenke Tea Ceremony which is centered on Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Read her psychosynthesis reflection on this experience in her article Love and Will in a Tea Cup.

Catherine has organized and led women’s groups in the exploration of feminine Celtic spirituality in Ireland and for two years served as a board member for the Institute for Feminism and Religion. Currently, she is a member of the Interreligious Conference of European Women Theologians. Currently, she leads the weekly Bible Study for the International Christian Fellowship.

While she attempts to learn both Dutch and German, her sessions, for the moment, are in English.


An interview with Catherine, "Finding Your Feet in the Netherlands", appears in the October 2012 UT-Nieuws magazine (pp. 34-35). This interview explores Catherine's ideas about culture shock, psychosynthesis, and her new book. Catherine also describes her experience coaching PhD students and post-docs.

On 9 September, Catherine was interviewed by the GodSpeed Insititute about her new book and psychosynthesis. This interview was broadcast live by the Progressive Radio Network, a national station based in New York City. Topics included the events in Catherine’s life that led her on her journey toward psychosynthesis, the outer journey as reflection of inner journey, how we make meaning of suffering, what psychosynthesis is, culture shock, the personal journey towards the authentic self, and more. Click here to hear her one hour conversation.


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