Who We Are

Our Story

Marcella and Katherine met during their MSC teacher training at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma California. One evening over dinner, a new friend introduced the two and they discovered that not only were they both on the same path with Mindful Self-Compassion, but both were dedicated students and teachers of yoga and working in the field of eating behaviors. It was an instant partnership and MSC Bay Area was formed. As Marcella had been a former MBSR student of veteran teacher Bob Stahl’s, the pair began teaching the 8-week course at El Camino Hospital in fall of 2014. Since then, they have taught the program together 6 times and have undergone certification in MSC. They plan to get creative with the course offerings and bring you exciting new programs in the coming months.

About Katherine

Katherine Dittmann, MS, RD, is a nutrition therapist specializing in eating behaviors and disorders. She uses a food-positive and practical approach, weaving in concepts from yoga and mindfulness to help people connect with the body and eat with more ease. Katherine is a former chef, certified Mindfulness-Based Yoga Therapy for Eating Disorders teacher, and Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. She is the founder of the Compassionate Body Center, an online resource for utilizing, nutrition, yoga, and self-compassion to overcome eating and body image difficulties. For fun, Katherine loves to enjoy the Bay Area’s many restaurants and music events and travels whenever she can.

For more on Katherine, visit TheCompassionateBodyCenter.com

About Marcella

Marcella Cox, MS, LMFT, RYT is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher, psychotherapist, and yoga teacher. In addition to her private practice in San Carlos, she teaches Making Friends with Yourself (MSC for adolescents), mindful eating and Yin yoga.  Marcella finds it gratifying to support others through difficulties and assist them in developing a more meaningful and fulfilling life through self-awareness, self-compassion and self-appreciation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, swimming, and practicing yoga.

For more on Marcella, visit MarcellaCox.com