Mindfulness is my passion. I have been practicing mindfulness meditation since I was introduced to it in 2001. I attended a local Buddhist Centre in Southampton, as they were offering sessions for the public to learn meditation, I am not sure how or why I got there, but I did and I felt an immediate sense of relieve to experience being present, acknowledging the power of my breath, and letting go of the mental baggage I was carrying at the time.
My journey since then has had it’s ups and downs, but my initial experience of meditation motivated me to seek and find a meditation approach that I was comfortable with. The work of Jon Kabat Zinn’s 8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course and Mark Williams Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Course combine psychology, science and research with the ancient art of meditation, that offer an approach that is adaptable for all, to enhance living more fully and consciously.
In my professional life, I have 20 years experience working in the NHS, I am a BABCP registered CBT Therapist, and Registered Nurse (NMC). I trained with Bangor University, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice in 2011 to teach the 8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) undertaking intensive Teacher Training Retreats (level I, 2 & 3) and additional Mindfulness CPD programmes. I am currently engaged in the Teacher Training Pathway with Bangor University, CMRP. Since training I have taught numerous MBSR Courses and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Courses (MBCT) within the NHS and privately. I am a member of a local peer sitting group for Mindfulness Teachers, I adhere to Best Practice Guidelines and have regular supervision with a Bangor University Approved Supervisor.