We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.

Desmond Tutu


Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit. I am thrilled to share my refreshed and renewed website with you – inspired to bring compassion to life.

Enjoy having a browse in the Flourish section which contains all my resources including videos, audios and downloadable images.

I’d be delighted to hear from you – drop me an email or complete the Contact Me form.

Bringing Compassion to Life

Now more than ever, I believe the power of human connection, care, and compassion. We are all inherently doing the best we can and perfectly imperfect. Facing adversity and suffering is hard.

Yet if we could see the positive intention, gratitude and kindness at play, we could show more compassion to others and of course ourselves. The evidence speaks for itself: when we are fulfilled, we will thrive at work and at home.

Personal profile

Following many years in the NHS as a senior nurse and educator I founded my company in 2012.

Working with Scotland’s Ombudsman gave me a unique perspective about the emotional elements often associated with concerns and conflict.

And from there I have developed a whole suite of resources to support us communicating at our best, managing conflict and caring for ourselves in the rich rollercoaster of life.

I remain a registered nurse and teacher. And continue to learn using a number of approaches including Appreciative Inquiry, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Mindful Self Compassion.

The Team

Jillian Simpson

My name is Jillian and I am Dorothy’s Virtual Assistant.  I grew up in the countryside and have a passion for outdoor life.  Having an energetic Labrador means that I get out every day, no matter the weather!  I especially love going for a long walk along one of the many beautiful beaches that we have locally.  I enjoy climbing Munro’s and one of my favourite places to be is sitting at the top of a mountain, enjoying the view!  In my spare time I love baking with my children.

John Stevenson

I am John, a long-time colleague of Dorothy when we worked together for the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO).  As part of SPSO’s Senior Management Team, and as The Head of the Complaints Standards Authority (CSA), I helped to design and introduce the legislative functions of the CSA.  As Head of Improvement Standards and Engagement my role broadened to include responsibility and accountability for SPSO’s Communications, Training, Standards, and Learning and Improvement functions. I am a huge football fan, and I have a particular interest in College Soccer in the USA.

Gina Alexander

My name is Gina and I’ve known Dorothy for over a decade now, meeting her initially through her work with the SPSO and now as a dear friend and valued colleague.  Throughout my diverse career, I have worked across various sectors, including private, education, and the third sector, in roles focused on people. These roles have spanned HR, training and development, community development, quality improvement, engagement, and participation. I led the introduction and expansion of Care Opinion in Scotland: a website where people share their
experiences of health and social care with a view to improving services. Growing up with profoundly deaf parents has deeply influenced me, making the promotion of equality, diversity, rights, and respect an intrinsic part of who I am. My greatest joy comes from helping and supporting individuals in discovering and embracing their fullest potential.  I am a proud mum. I swim. I sing. I knit things. I laugh….a lot! My Haiku: I am brave, giving, perfectly imperfect, thankful for an abundant life.


Bringing well-being
and compassion to life

In order to be effective at work and at home, we must give ourselves the same care and compassion we provide to others.



I support individuals, teams and organisations to communicate as best they can. This includes the power of apology and forgiveness.


Resources for a
compassionate life

I am delighted to share my resources which you are most welcome to browse, share and download.  


My Chosen Charity

I am especially proud to donate a percentage of my profits to North Edinburgh Dementia Care.  NEDC is run by a voluntary board of Directors and they are such a valuable support to those families in the North East of Edinburgh who have been affected by dementia.  They do a truly fantastic job.  

Contact me

Please use the form or
email dorothy@daprofessional 
alternatively phone 0779 1119 830