Registered Mindfulness Teacher (MBSR & MBCT), BACP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, ICF Registered Coach.
My interest in mindfulness originated in the ancient wisdom traditions 25 years ago.
I trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at Bangor University's Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. I am registered to teach MBSR and MBCT with The Mental Health Foundation, The UK Network of Mindfulness Based Teachers and UMASS Medical School.
Over the years, I have gained experience in a number of mindfulness traditions. I have been practising and facilitating within Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition since 2009. I also draw from some of the Insight teachers.
As a coach I trained with CTI, a whole person approach generally regraded as one of the most rigorous coach trainings in the world.
I also work as a Somatic Experiencing Therapist, a mindfulness based body psychotherapy for addressing physical and emotional trauma, PTSD, overwhelm, and stress-related conditions.
Prior to training as a coach and therapist, I had an international role in media and advertising. In 1999 I founded a brand and innovation consultancy which I ran for ten years. This taught me a lot about the pressures of the work environment and gave me an understanding of how this is contributing to the current epidemic of burnout that we are now seeing.
My commitment to mindfulness is rooted in my lived experience of its transformational benefits and my belief that it has a role to play in supporting greater wellbeing for all.
Registered Mindfulness Teacher, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Schooled in the mindfulness tradition of world-renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh since 2003, I have complemented my mindfulness training in ancient wisdom with training in secular mindfulness with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. I am currently furthering my studies of secular mindfulness by pursuing a Master's Degree in Mindfulness-Based Approaches at Bangor University.
As an experienced mindfulness facilitator since 2007, I have delivered mindfulness sessions and courses in diverse settings: in practice centres, in education, local government and the charity sector.
I am registered with the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers and adhere to this organisation's Good Practice Guidelines. I practice under supervision and maintain ongoing CPD activities as stipulated by the Network.
Before training to teach mindfulness, I was an independent Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. I have more
than 17 years of clinical experience. I worked in the NHS for 7 years before setting up my own private practice in 2007.
My mindfulness teaching is firmly grounded in 14 years of dedicated personal practice. I have effectively used mindfulness to overcome challenges in my own life, including healing and recovering from one episode of depression. I am passionate about sharing the transformative powers of the practice with those who are seeking to live life to the full with greater ease.