I began teaching mindfulness in 2011 and regularly teach Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) courses for the general public, GPs and for those affected by breast cancer. In addition to eight-week courses, I offer day and weekend retreats as well as ongoing monthly groups (mindfulness / self-compassion), drop-in sessions and other workshops by arrangement. I am a guest teacher with Bangor University where I teach five-day intensive Mindful Self-Compassion courses and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion retreats.
I taught Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) when working in the NHS where I was Manager of the Primary Care Counselling Service for Southampton. I have been fully self-employed as a mindfulness teacher since leaving the NHS in 2014 after 18 years. I am based in Hampshire.
MSc Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses (distinction), University of Bangor
Trained Teacher Mindful Self-Compassion, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, San Diego
Trained supervisor, University of Bangor
Certificate of Competence in Teaching Mindfulness-based Courses (advanced), University of Bangor
Diploma in Casework Supervision
Advanced Diploma Client-Centred Therapy
MA Culture & Social Change
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
MBSR for general populations, GPs, and those affected by breast cancer
Mindful Self-Compassion for general populations
Post-MBSR and post-Mindful Self-Compassion practice support and development
I have mentored and supervised mindfulness teachers and teachers in training since 2014 and have attended CMRP training in mindfulness supervision. I have also attended training in use of the Mindfulness-based Interventions: Teacher Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC). I have a previous qualification (2001) and lengthy experience in counselling supervision.
Mindfulness Teachers in Training (including use of the MBI:TAC)
I have had a regular personal mindfulness practice since 2010 following the core practices of MBSR, and developed this further to incorporate self-compassion practices since 2013. My movement practice is enhanced by regular yoga classes and a love of mindful walking out of doors.
I am nourished and supported in deepening my practice by regular teacher-led retreats, including with teachers such as: Melissa Blacker, David Rynick, Christina Feldman and Chris Cullen.
Research Activities and Interests
My MSc research explored ongoing support for participants following eight-week training courses. I am particularly interested in this field and feel an ethical responsibility to offer ongoing support to participants post their initial training.
MSc thesis: ‘Getting it under your skin’: experiences of monthly mindfulness practice support groups available on CMRP website: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/mastersresearch.php.en.
Ali's website - www.mindfulnesshampshire.co.uk