For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in how we think and feel and how we can learn from this to make life better. This led me to study psychology and later education when I qualified as a teacher and school counsellor.
In 2001, whilst teaching in London and studying stress management, I discovered mindfulness and was hooked: I qualified as an instructor, gained an MSc in Mindfulness, and in January 2006, began teaching Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) classes.
I now draw on mindfulness-, compassion- and acceptance-based approaches, positive psychology and neuroscience to share evidence-based material with my clients and event participants. I also draw on the models I learned whilst training as a life coach.
I’ve worked on three continents in the education & training, business, not-for-profit and mental health sectors, and found that whether it’s been tutoring award-winning politicians, teaching doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, delivering mindfulness training to health professionals in high-security mental health units and prisons, tutoring postgrads training to be school counsellors, or running seminars for business, it’s collaborating with others to alleviate mental suffering and create the inner conditions needed to thrive that is what I’m about.