Having learned to meditate in the mid-1980s, I have had an interest in mindfulness since then, and have a daily meditation practice, as well as attending regular week-long silent meditation retreats, mainly at Gaia House. I have undertaken teacher training with Breathworks and I have a PGCert in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches from Bangor University. I have been running courses for several years, both for the general public and for NHS staff at hospitals in Cheshire. I am a passionate believer in the benefits of mindfulness, and have an ongoing fascination with its applications in psychotherapy and movement. I have completed trainings in Hakomi (a gentle, compassionate body psychotherapy), Kum Nyé (Tibetan Yoga), Focusing, and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). I originally qualified in Person-Centred counselling skills and now also work with ACT, a 'third wave' CBT method.
Having spent more than 20 years in a high-pressure career with an international legal publishing company, I have experienced some of the stresses and strains of the contemporary workplace. Add to that the privilege of helping to bring up a wonderful family, and I have a fairly good feel for what it's like to live in 21st Century Britain!