I first discovered mindfulness when travelling in Asia. On my return I dabbled in a few groups, read a few books, and became more and more intrigued about the effects.
During an extensive period of ill-health my GP asked me if I had thought about meditation and discussed some of the benefits. I enrolled on an 8-week course which was a life changer!
I made a full recovery and have no doubt that mindfulness gave me what I needed to help to restore my full health and well-being.
Since then I have completed my Post-Graduate Training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at the University of Exeter.
I was extremely fortunate to be trained by experts in the field including Dr Willem Kuyken, well known for his work in developing, researching and teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches and Christina Feldman, a highly regarded teacher in the field of Buddhist Psychology.
I now work as a freelance trainer teaching 8-week MBCT/MBSR courses across Somerset, Bath and Devon, both to the public and within NHS Primary Adult and Child and Adolescent teams. My specialist area of interest in is early intervention, young people and parenting. Since 2014 I have been involved in developing the clinical feasibility of a low-high intensity Mindfulness Based Programme for parents with young people with depression and anxiety. Alongside this I am developing an adapted version of MBCT for adopters, funded by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre Accessibility Fund.
My other area of interest is well-being at work and I have been offering Mindfulness Based Intervention to staff at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
I have regular supervision from external supervisors and attend on-going professional development seminars, workshops and retreats to keep my teaching and practice up-to-date.
As a fully qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy I meet the requirements of the Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness Based Courses, published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers.
I continue to be grateful, passionate, curious and continually surprised about the benefits and transformational effects of mindfulness.
It is both a privilege and a gift to be able share what I have learnt with others and I continue to learn from my personal practice and from all those I meet along the way.