In addition to teaching eight-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses for the Mindfulness Network CIC in North Wales, I work for MIND providing: MBSR courses and follow-up sessions; counselling; and CBT stress management courses. I also work privately providing mindfulness training and individual therapy.
My private work involves teaching mindfulness taster sessions and courses for the general public as well as specific interest groups.
I am trained in Gestalt Pschotherapy (Senior Trainee in Advanced Training) and have a private practice where I often combine mindfulness approaches and teach mindfulness practices (where appropriate) as part of the therapy I offer.
TTr1 (Teacher Training) and TTr2 courses and the MIT (Mindfulness in Therapy), Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University (CMRP)
I have considerable experience working with people with anxiety and depression.
My personal practice is a cornerstone of my teaching and my life. I love to sit with others and appreciate the opportunity for slowing down and 'coming up close' that retreats offer. I also love to practise in the beautiful nature that I'm lucky to be surrounded by in North Wales.
I first came across mindfulness in the 1990's when I worked as a counsellor, but it wasn't until a period of ill health in 2004 that I really began to see a personal benefit. As I continued to practise, I found that it supported me to work kindly and effectively with the trauma I have experienced in my life and to transform how I live. It was my personal experience of mindfulness that motivated me to utilise mindfulness first with individuals in my therapy work and then to teach groups.
I was lucky to be able to benefit from assisting on several eight-week and follow-on courses with very experienced teachers at CMRP (Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University) and to have access to the All-day and monthly follow-on sessions run by the Centre's teachers before I began to teach myself in 2012.