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Katherine Baldwin

Relationships Coach, Mid-Life Mentor, Author, Journalist, Speaker

I am a dating and relationships coach, mid-life mentor and the author of How to Fall in Love - A 10-Step Journey to the Heart. I help women and men fall in love with themselves, with their lives and with another. I write and speak about dating and relationships and the challenges faced by modern women for the national media. I also write about recovery from eating disorders, self-harm, workaholism and dysfunctional relationships, which are all part of my story. My writing has been published in Psychologies, Red, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Daily Mail. I've spoken on national television and radio and on various platforms, including at the Women of the World Festival and the Inspire'd Stage. For more information, go to or

Childlessness: Is It A Gift Or An Affliction?

I am not someone who tried tirelessly to have a family; who spent thousands of pounds and years of my life on failed IVF treatments; who received a devastating diagnosis of unexplained infertility; who tried and failed to adopt; who miscarried; or whose child tragically died. Nor am I someone who's imagined herself as a mother throughout her adult life.
14/09/2017 16:10 BST

How I Went From Oxbridge, To Reuters, To Parliament, To Breakdown

That crack, that breakdown, that epiphany, while frightening at the time, was the best thing that ever happened to me. My mind, body, soul and spirit were trying to tell me something, trying to show me that my sanity and wellbeing lay in a different direction, on a different path.
12/05/2017 13:46 BST

If You're Looking For Love, Try Looking Inside First

Guided by the belief that love equalled loss, I deliberately sought out men with whom there was no chance of real intimacy - commitment-phobes, men with partners or men who were gay. Either that, or I would find fault with every good guy I got close to.
16/02/2017 12:51 GMT

Bournemouth: Sleepy Retirement Resort Or Buzzing Business Hub?

I get a real kick when I drive through Bournemouth on my way to work and see paddleboarders or surfers splashing about in the sea. This is the true value of this place - you can swim in the morning or the evening after a day's work (if like me, you're happy to brave the cold) or walk on the sand to get inspired. It's priceless.
02/11/2016 15:26 GMT

Extreme Self-Care: My Antidote to Depression

Extreme self-care for me involves evaluating every decision against the question, "Is this a loving thing to do?" and then making a radical choice to eliminate the things that don't make me feel good. Easier said than done, of course, but practice makes perfect.
08/10/2014 10:33 BST

From Scepticism to Excitement: Loving the Olympics and It's Just Getting Started

But as soon as I entered the Olympic Park, my fraught journey became a distant memory. Suddenly I wanted to be there all the time, every day, for all the events. I wanted to be part of this amazing atmosphere, among all these friendly people from all over the world (granted, the sunshine probably helped). Spare tickets, anyone?
26/07/2012 08:03 BST

Swimming With the Ducks: Finding Peace at Kenwood Ladies' Pond

As I lay on a patch of grass at the <a href="" target="_hplink">Kenwood Ladies' Pond</a> in London yesterday evening, I realised the peace I'd thought was so elusive and so far away was within my reach - and on my doorstep.
29/05/2012 16:16 BST

From Alcoholism to Food Addiction - It's All About the Feelings

The media, society and relaxed licensing laws all have a part to play in the rise in eating disorders or alcohol-related diseases, but I believe the problem goes much deeper than that. From my experience, recovery from addiction lies at our core - with those deep, painful feelings that drive us to drink, drugs or food - and not on the surface.
21/02/2012 22:52 GMT

Turning Weapons of War into Works of Art

In a stylish corner of London, a stone's throw from Fortnum & Mason, Cartier and Louis Vuitton, lies a collection of rifles, revolvers, bullets and hand grenades. But this isn't a police warehouse, an army storage unit or even a street gang's secret cache - it's an exhibition by a Mozambican sculptor who turns weapons into works of art.
17/02/2012 22:43 GMT