How I work and what I do are the direct result of my own life path. I developed my passion for philosophy in my childhood, recognizing that how we make meaning of our lives has a powerful impact on how we feel, how we act and how much energy we have. I learned that I could cultivate my own resources to overcome obstacles and that by changing my attitude and my actions I could transform challenges into opportunities. Realizing that my perfectionism is both a strength and a stressor helped me to embrace my humanness and develop my capacity for empathy and compassion. Crossing cultures from the US to Switzerland provided me with hands-on experience in overcoming culture shock, reinventing myself, and learning not only to survive but to thrive—the essence of resilience. This motivated me to share what I learned on my journey with others, both in my professional work and in my volunteer work supporting integration.
The convictions that guide me are: life is about learning; taking responsibility for our lives gives us tremendous power and energy; every individual has a unique contribution to make; love is the greatest force in the universe.
Kathy Hartmann-Campbell was born and raised in the US, graduated from Yale University with Honors in Philosophy and has lived in Basel, Switzerland since 1982. In Basel she completed a four-year training program in applied psychology, recognized in the UK as a psychotherapist qualification, and served as Head of Language Training at Hoffmann-La Roche for two-and-a-half years. In 1990 Kathy founded her own company. She works both locally and abroad with multinational clients that include Roche, Novartis, IBM and the Bank for International Settlements.