I worked in the NHS Psychological services for 11 years until 2011, as a primary care counsellor and counselling supervisor. Since 2005, however I have taught mindfulness-based approaches and received my training through the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University. My work has included teaching MBCT/MBSR courses for NHS staff, patients in Primary Care in Northumberland and to the general public. I have also delivered mindfulness introductory workshops for NHS clinicians, Cognitive Therapy trainees, Clinical Psychology trainees and MA Counselling students.
I currently teach eight-week MBSR courses to the general public and via distance learning, and co-lead residential mindfulness retreats. In 2015, I joined the core training team at CMRP, training teachers of Mindfulness-based approaches via the CMRP CPPD programme. I also work as an independent integrative counsellor and counselling supervisor and my approach is deeply informed by my own mindfulness practice and teaching.
- Registered member BACP (senior accredited)
- Post-graduate certificate in Education Studies (for Mindfulness-based Approaches), University of Wales, Bangor
- MA Counselling, University of Durham
- PGCE, College of Ripon and York St John
- BA Hons Psychology, University of Durham
- MBSR for general populations
- MBSR distance learning
- Post eight-week course support and retreats to deepen mindfulness practice
- Training teachers in MBSR/MBCT
I have been supervising mindfulness teachers since 2008 and have undertaken training in mindfulness supervision and mindfulness-based interventions teaching assessment criteria (MBI:TAC) through CMRP.
- Teachers of MBSR
- Teachers of MBCT
- Mindfulness in individual therapy
My regular mindfulness practice began in 2002, following the core practices of MBSR. This grew out of explorations over several decades of contemplative practice, dance and movement. The riches and challenges of committing to personal mindfulness practice have been many, and one of the most valuable discoveries for me has been the deepening awareness of the body. I love mindful walking outside. Having attended weekly Iyengar yoga classes for several years, my daily formal practice has recently evolved to include mindful yoga practice as well as sitting.