Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
The Dalai Lama
“I have worked for the NHS for 33 years as a nurse, health visitor and, in the last 10 years, as a parent infant specialist working in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I have been practising meditation and yoga for over 30 years.
During those years my journey has taken me from an emphasis on living/ working/ caring through ‘doing’ and ‘fixing’ to an increased orientation towards being and allowing through the practice of awareness, presence and compassion. I draw primarily on teachings from Buddhism and the Christian Contemplative tradition, and also from the yoga tradition. From an early age the body has been, and remains, the most important vehicle for my learning and a deep source of wisdom.
Over the years I have come to realise that I want to share the insights of the mindfulness journey with others and so undertook the Bangor University mindfulness teacher training course and have been teaching mindfulness in a work context for 3 years and privately since 2014.”
“I started meditating 25 years ago and have found it fundamental for personal growth and well being, it has helped me to live life fully and face difﬁculties with increased open heartedness, and compassion. Over time I have become increasingly interested in integrating my therapeutic work with my meditation practice. Mindfulness and Buddhist psychology has provided me with such a bridge and Jon Kabat-Zinn’s secular approach to mindfulness attracted me because it combines the ancient eastern wisdom with modern western science.
I am BACP accredited, and have worked as a therapist since 2000, both privately and employed as a Specialist Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. I specialise in working with people with complex needs and consequently am completing further training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body orientated psychotherapy for trauma. I have completed the John Kabat-Zinn based level 1 and 2 Mindfulness Teacher Training retreats at Bangor University, and have been teaching courses since 2007. This includes a new course I have developed in ‘Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention for Addiction’”.