Who am I?
I am a mindfulness teacher, trainer of mindfulness teachers and a researcher, a Clinical Psychologist by profession. I have worked within industry, academia and the NHS. I hold two doctorates, one in clinical psychology (DClinPsych) from the University of Southampton and the second, a research doctorate (PhD), in perinatal psychology from the University of Reading. As well as my mindfulness work, I continue to offer psychological therapy and am particularly interested in exploring how MBCT and Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) maybe used together to help people firstly to recover from difficulties and then go onto flourish and live a live worth living.
I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 15 years and for over 10 years, I have taught mindfulness courses for adults and children, within a variety of settings, including the NHS,
other public sectors, the community and within the workplace. My mindfulness teachers have included Mark Williams, John Peacock, Melanie Fennell, Ferris Urbanowski and Nancy Bardacke;
as well as my dear and wise colleagues at the OMC, with whom I have apprenticed and grown, such as: Marie Johansson, Christina Surawy and Sian Warriner.
What do I do?
I am a Tutor on the University of Oxford Master of Studies in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and an associate teacher and trainer of MBCT teachers for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. I am also the Director of a small Mindfulness Centre, New Forest Mindfulness, in Hampshire, UK. I have a special interest of working with families, and as well as MBCT I also teach the
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) programme for expectant parents and train perinatal health professionals to teach the MBCP programme for the Mindful Birthing and
Parenting Foundation (MBPF) in California. I am also piloting an adapted version of MBCT for established parents at my centre in Hampshire, New Forest Mindfulness.
I have a long standing interest in attachment theory, postnatal depression and how to support new parents through the transition to parenthood. In conjunction with Dr Sian Warriner, Oxford
University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH), and doctoral students. I have conducted research into the impact of offering expectant couples mindfulness during the perinatal period. I am about to embark upon leading an international research group on behalf of the MBPF with the support of Professor Larissa Duncan, University of Wisconsin-Madison.