I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and have recently left the NHS where I worked for over twenty years with people with longstanding psychological difficulties.
In 2007 I went on a two-day 'Introduction to Mindfulness' course which awakened my interest in how Mindfulness approaches could help people who had struggled with their difficulties for many years. The Mindfulness practices I learned also complemented the meditation practice I have had for thirty years.
Since 2007, I have seen how Mindfulness-Based approaches, which include Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion-Focussed Therapies, have developed.
There is a considerable body of evidence indicating the effectiveness of these approaches, not only for people with particular difficulties but for everyone. It was therefore an easy move to introduce mindfulness and acceptance to the clients and staff I was working with.
Over the past ten years I have been fascinated and excited by the increasing body of evidence about the effects of Mindfulness-Based approaches on the brain and how this can contribute to an increase in the quality of our lives and well-being. This evidence is a great motivator for me.
I have facilitated Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based groups since 2007.
Now that I have retired from the NHS, I am enthusiastic about continuing this work with the public, in the workplace and in training for mental health professionals.
My other recent interests include the adverse effects of unhealthy lifestyle choices/factors on mental health, and how mental health can be significantly improved by positively addressing these issues. These choices/factors include diet, sleep, exercise, and absence of social contact and meaningful activity.
I have completed the University of Bangor’s Mindfulness Teacher Training Programme and continue to maintain my professional development through supervision and attending Mindfulness-Based courses and workshops. I also attend regular retreats where study, meditation and awareness during practical activities helps the work to stay fresh and alive.
Earlier in my life, after bringing up a family and returning to work, I trained for a career in HR (graduate CIPD) and worked for many years in a wide range of roles, providing advice and support to managers and staff in both the public and private sectors. I retired at the end of 2013.
The practice of mindfulness and meditation has had a sustaining and beneficial impact on my own life, and it is this personal experience which underpins my desire to share these benefits and practices with others.
Before commencing Mindfulness teacher training, I already had an established meditation practice of more than 20 years. I was introduced to meditation through a long term interest in practical philosophy and its links with the London School of Meditation. I continue to be both a student and tutor of practical philosophy classes; the latter being a voluntary role which requires a commitment to consistent practices and meditation. My own practice is also supported by taking time out to attend regular retreats each year.
I have completed a Mindfulness teacher training course with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), Bangor University. CMRP is a participating member of the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations and encourages teachers they train to adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Teachers. An aspect of this is a requirement for teachers to have an ‘in-depth personal experience of all the core meditation practices’.
I have been accepted onto Bangor University's Teacher Training Pathway for Mindfulness and as such I am fully committed to my own ongoing training and development in this field. I also receive regular supervision as part of the Good Practice Guidelines.
I have an accredited Life Coaching Diploma.