I am a qualified Social Worker, graduating from University of Umea, Sweden in 1979, when I moved to the UK. In 2006, I met Professor Mark Williams and began my training as an MBCT Teacher. I was invited to join Mark’s team and became involved in developing the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC). I worked initially as part of the research team, teaching patients with recurring depression the 8-week MBCT course and subsequently initiated the delivery of the courses to the general population. I was also responsible for managing the training of clinicians, within the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. I have continued to offer supervision in the Health Service in both Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
My background is primarily in Adult Mental Health, within NHS, Health & Social Care and the Voluntary sectors. As an experienced Mental Health Practitioner, Therapeutic Group worker, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher and Trainer, I have a particular interest in working with people experiencing depression, anxiety and a range of mental health issues and I am a keen advocate for de-stigmatising mental ill health.
Up until July 2020 I was the MBCT Course Lead at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, I managed the delivery of the MBCT courses to the general population, as well as teaching the courses myself. I have now retired from that operational position but remain involved with the team, training new MBCT teachers on the OMC ‘Teacher Training Pathway’, locally, nationally and internationally. I supervise Masters students, Trainee Teachers and experienced teachers, mostly within psychological treatment services, both in the UK and abroad.