I have a long long history of working in the helping professions for which I feel very privileged. I worked first as a nurse from 1977 and then was a health visitor until I took early retirement in 2012. I also trained in Psychotherapy from 1995 and co-ran a busy Counselling Service in an NHS Occupational Health department.
Training in Gestalt Psychotherapy drew me into a meditation practice as Fritz Perls based this therapy model on Zen Buddhism. It’s funny seeing how one thing leads to another. During my time in the Occupational Health Department, I was asked to oversee an eight-week mindfulness course and see if it was something that we should be offering. I thought yippee, and jumped aboard the training wagon. I then trained with Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in MBCT and started co-running eight-week courses for staff in the hospital in 2006. This feels like a long time ago. I also trained in MBSR at Bangor in 2006. I have since been delighted to be a part of the Exeter University Associate team, offering occasional training on the Diploma, supervising students in training and assessing using the MBI:TAC. I also now run eight-week MBSR courses, Introductory Days and short retreats at Sharpham House in South Devon. My personal practice has developed under the influence of Christina Feldman, Rob Burbea, Catherine McGee, Yanai Postelnick, Gregory Kramer, Kittisaro and Thanissara (to mention a few) and continues to be a guiding light. I have also enjoyed work retreats with Sangha Seva in South Africa and India.
I also have an interest in using Mindfulness in Parenting as this is close to my health visiting heart. Another interest is Mindfulness in Schools and have trained in .bFoundation and .b for adolescents, although I have not used this in practice.
I like to bring a little humour into all my aspects of work and smile when I see the absurdity of how we tend to take life so seriously.
- Gestalt Psychotherapy up to MSc level
- BSc(Hons) Health Sciences
- RGN & RHV
- TDR 1 MBCT with Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre Mark Williams and Melanie Fennell
- TDR 2 MBSR with Becca Crane and Pamela Erdhart
- Mindfulness Supervision at Exeter University
- .b Foundation
- .b for Adolescents in Education
- Self Compassion with Chris Germer and Kristen Neff
Teaching Training Specialisms
- MBSR in the Workplace
I have been supervising with Exeter University’s associate team since the beginning of their Diploma course in MBI’s and also within the Mindfulness Network until I took a year off.
- Mindfulness in Education
- Mindfulness in Health Care Settings
My first introduction to a meditation practice was with Ken and Elizabeth Mellor, who visited Trigonos in Wales on a regular basis and attended week-long retreats. Since then (22 years ago), my personal practice has developed mostly at Gaia House under the influence of Christina Feldman, Rob Burbea, Catherine McGee, Yanai Postelnick, Gregory Kramer, Kittisaro and Thanissara to mention a few and continues to be a guiding light. I have also enjoyed work retreats with Sangha Seva in South Africa and India. My personal practice informs every part of my life, without which, I would be a very different being!
Research Activities and Interests
- The role of Self Compassion in mindfulness groups
- Mindfulness in Education – the Myriad Trial