The principle strands of my working life – mindfulness teacher and supervisor, and psychotherapist/counsellor – are underpinned by a personal meditation practice going back to the late 80s, informed by a commitment to the value of inquiry and self-inquiry, and inspired by the potential of mindfulness to change lives.
I’ve taught since 2006 – principally MBCT (also MBSR and ‘MBCT/MBSR hybrid’) to general populations – and have supervised since 2013. I also provide mentoring for specific mindfulness projects and am based in London.
I’m specifically interested in how body-based awareness, and self-compassion, function through mindfulness teachers as experiential learning for our course participants, with inquiry being central to these processes. I have a long-standing personal yoga practice and commitment to exploring mindfulness through movement.
I have a particular interest in the role of groups in communicating mindfulness-based approaches and supporting, deepening and inspiring practice. Groups I facilitate include a monthly mindfulness-based group in north London for health professionals, teachers, therapists and others committed to bringing mindfulness into their work. I’m a member of an ongoing group for trainers, facilitators and therapists run by Gaie Houston, author of ‘The Little Red Book of Groups.’
As well as stand-alone practice days and eight-week courses, I run three-week top-up courses designed to support people in expanding and deepening their mindfulness practice. I also offer inquiry workshops for mindfulness teachers and trainee teachers.
- UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teachers
- Mindfulness Supervision Training, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), 2012 and 2013
- post-graduate training in group facilitation, 2012
- Mindfulness-based Approaches, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), Bangor, 2010 (distinction in Mindfulness and Individual Therapy)
- Counselling (Psychosynthesis), 2010; MBACP 2011 (accreditation pending)
- Teacher Development Training retreats, CMRP, 2006, 2007, 2008
- Breathworks Mindfulness-based Pain Management teacher training 2005-2007
- first-class honours degree and MA
- MBCT for general populations
- follow-up courses and stand-alone practice days
- inquiry workshops for mindfulness teachers and trainee teachers
- specific interest in body-based awareness, mindful self-compassion and group dynamics
- trained in MBI-TAC, CMRP, 2012, 2013 (Cindy Cooper, Jody Mardula)
- offered supervision since 2013
- mentoring for specific mindfulness projects
- MBCT for general populations (experienced teachers and teachers in training)
- specific interests: body-based awareness, self-compassion, group process, inquiry
- supporting/mentoring experienced teachers to develop one-off mindfulness projects
- monthly mindfulness-based group for health professionals, teachers, therapists and others committed to bringing mindfulness into their work (north London)
The recognition that an established meditation practice had helped me manage chronic ill-health inspired me to embark on mindfulness teacher training. The working edges of my own practice are continually refined through supporting others – course participants, supervisees – in integrating practice with self-care and with the challenges of everyday life.
My practice is deepened and enriched through regular Buddhist retreats of up to three months’ duration. I’ve led and co-led retreats since 2009.