Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer 1:1 private sessions?
What are your qualifications and experience?
Why should I come to a group event or workshop?
Do I need to have meditation experience?
I can’t sit still for too long. Do we need to sit on the floor, and what if I need to move?
What should I wear?
Who comes to your events?
What are Mornings of Mindfulness?
What are workshops about?
What are courses about?

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Do your offer 1:1 private sessions?

Apart from running events I can work with you in person (Coffs Harbour NSW), via Zoom and/or over the phone.

You can choose how you would next like to meet every time you book a session.  This allows for maximum flexibility around location, current circumstances and personal preferences.

It is entirely up to you how many sessions we have together, and you are welcome to book one session at a time. It can be very helpful, however, to make a commitment to build in support for yourself for a period of three to six months, and to book at least a few sessions in advance every month.  (These are very easy to reschedule online up to 24 hours before the time initially booked.)

The reason I recommend commitment to reasonably regular sessions over several months is twofold: Firstly, whilst I aim to give value for every session, we are working in a cumulative way and it takes time to make changes that might involve thinking and doing things in a way which is very different from what you’ve been doing for the previous few decades.  Secondly, it also makes it easier for us to decide on how we might best use our time going forward.

In terms of between-session support, I often send resources to clients after sessions so that they can consolidate their understandings, put the concepts and skills we’ve covered into practice, and keep their momentum up.  If you have the time and inclination to work in this way or are watching your budget, just let me know.

Payment can be arranged in the following ways:

  • Immediate payment when booking a session, with a receipt emailed to you immediately. 
  • Eftpos payments can be made at Reception of the Coffs Harbour Psychology and Neurotherapy practice (for in-person appointments). Due to Covid-19 staff protection measures, online payment is preferred. Please use this link to book an in-person session where you will pay on arrival.
  • Invoicing on the same day of the session (for third party payments, e.g. your workplace or the NDIA). Please use this link to book prior to being invoiced.

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What are your qualifications and experience?

I was certified as a mindfulness instructor in 2005 by the Center for Mindfulness (Massachusetts Medical School) and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (Bangor University). I have an MSc in Mindfulness-based Approaches to Healthcare, a teacher qualification, a degree in Psychology, and am a Credentialed Practitioner of Advanced Coaching.

Since 1989, I’ve taught adults in a variety of settings, and in 2006 began using Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and running classes and professional trainings in prisons and mental health units, and workshops for businesses, carers, nurses, psychologists and non-governmental organisations.

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Why should I come to a group event or workshop?

Sometimes it’s helpful to work alone or 1:1, and at other times, it’s great to be part of a group. Whether it’s meditating, discussing, sharing or simply listening, a group experience can facilitate huge shifts as we learn from each other, realise that we’re not alone with our worries or challenges, and develop a sense of bonding, community and friendship.

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Do I need to have meditation experience?

You don’t need to have meditation experience – beginners are welcome. On the other hand, many people who attend the mini-retreats do have meditation experience, and appreciate the chance to refresh or deepen their practice, or simply practise in the company of others.

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I can’t sit still for too long. Do we need to sit on the floor, and what if I need to move?

We use chairs, though you are welcome to bring meditation equipment if you have it, or try mine out. You will be invited to experiment with seating and find a posture that is both comfortable to you and will help you feel awake and alert. Whilst there is often benefit in sticking to a particular position for a little longer than we usually would, being kind to yourself and your body, and following the advice of your health professionals about what you should and shouldn’t do is more important than following my suggestions.

Everything is optional and participants are encouraged to make the adjustments they need to. It might be, for example, that you would prefer to lie down during a sitting meditation, or engage in only the subtlest of movements during a stretching practice.

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What should I wear?

You don’t need to wear anything special, as long as you’re comfortable and can breathe easily at the waist. Sometimes we do gentle movements, so if you’ve come straight from work you might want to bring something to change into. As we relax we can get a bit chilly, so dressing in layers is a good idea.

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Who comes to your events?

I usually work with men and women 18 years and up. Those who are younger are most welcome when accompanied by an adult.

All sorts of people come along. I’ve worked with teachers, lawyers, psychologists, business people, graphic designers, politicians, carers, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, GPs and even a Buddhist nun! Others were studying, unemployed, on disability or retired.

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What are Mornings of Mindfulness?

A Morning of Mindfulness is a mini-retreat (usually held on a Saturday 9am – 12pm) that gives you the chance to immerse yourself in a range of guided meditations. On occasion these are offered with a co-facilitator or are presented by another teacher who will have his or her own outline preferences.

The basic outline is usually as follows:

  • There will be a brief introduction, and you’ll be invited to say hello to one or two people around you and find out a little about them. You won’t be asked to talk in front of the whole group.
  • You’ll be asked to keep anything that’s said in the group private. We all have ups and downs, and we want to keep this a safe space.
  • Even if you’re running very late, please come in anyway and make yourself at home – you are so welcome.
  • We’ll have a short break half-way through. Help yourself to some herbal tea, and have some quiet time or get to know a few others.
  • Anyone can leave at any time, but if you need to leave early please let me or my helper know so we don’t have to wonder how or where you are.
  • You’ll be given time to check in with one or two people at the end to reflect on how you’ve found our time together.

Many people see the mini-retreats as opportunities to get out of the ‘doing mode’ of mind and check-in with themselves. They return time and time again to immerse themselves in ‘the simplicity of being’.

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What are your workshops about?

Workshops I offer are half- or full-day events, usually held over weekends. They are designed to meet the learning preferences of different people, and might include personal reflection, private, pair or small-group exercises, journaling, informative content, inspiration, optional whole-group discussion and meditation.

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What are your courses about?

Courses I offer focus on mindfulness, self-compassion, the habits of happiness and the skills of emotional intelligence. They vary from three to nine sessions. Most classes are held each week for two hours in the evenings, or sometimes on Friday mornings.

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