Something about my approach

Having developed an interest in the meditative traditions and mindfulness based approaches I was privileged to undertake my qualifying training to become a mindfulness teacher at Oxford under the guidance and tutorship of Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Melanie Fennell.     

Interested equally in the clinical applications of secular mindfulness approaches, and the longstanding tradition that underlies them, the course indulged my curiosity whilst enriching and developing my existing daily practice. 

I am keenly interested in the place for mindfulness both inside and outside of the therapy room and have experience of teaching mindfulness skills to individual clients presenting for therapy, and to groups of participants who attend the freestanding workshops and seminars I run.

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery”

— Mark Van Doren

Central to my approach as a teacher is an embodied appreciation of the benefits of an established personal practice, and I am passionate about supporting others to discover and develop an individual practice that works for them.  

In this spirit and wishing to promote the accessibility and portability of what has (only relatively recently) become known as 'mindfulness', I place equal emphasis on the practical applications of mindfulness in everyday life, and formal meditative and contemplative practices that may take place in the dedicated spaces created when we stop and come into stillness.    

I have extensive experience of delivering mindfulness training to individuals addressing recurrent or episodic depression and longstanding relationships with anxiety and/or panic, and a particular interest in the role of mindfulness in relapse prevention for those in recovery from addictions, compulsive behaviours and eating disorders.  In addition, I am experienced in teaching other professionals, who wish to learn skills for themselves, and those they care for.     

I am pleased to currently offer structured programmes in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) as well as introductory workshops in mindfulness and compassion for those interested in discovering more about these much talked about approaches that each have a significant evidence base.  

MBCT shares its roots with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and my teachings represent a hybrid of the two protocols combining elements that have been very well received by those I have taught to date.  Just like my practice, my evolving teaching style is dynamic and interactive, reflecting my own continuously curious inquiry and contemporaneous learning, meaning that no two courses will ever be identical.     

I hope to cultivate a sense of community amongst those I come into contact with whilst teaching, believing very much in the power of groups, which she I have personally experienced as tremendously helpful in solidifying my own practice and consolidating my present and incomplete understanding.  I acknowledge with a deep and humble debt of gratitude all those from whom I have learnt so much:  my teachers, and my students.  

“Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object”

— Hermann Hesse