It was while at medical school in the early 1980s that I became fascinated by the interaction of psychological states and physical health and through this interest began my own mindfulness practice. After graduating from medical school I began teaching mindfulness practice in educational, community and corporate settings and this has continued through my employment at the University of Salford.
Now as a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Society almost all of my lecturing is related to mindfulness practice and is delivered to undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals.
I have a particular interest in enabling people who might struggle to access the more widespread mindfulness courses to be able to find ways of integrating mindfulness and self-compassion into their lives. My work with colleagues developing and offering training in Mindful Resilience Enhancement is a key aspect of furthering this interest.
I am an accredited Breathworks Trainer and have also undertaken the mindfulness MBCT/MBSR Teacher Development Retreats 1 & 2 at Bangor University, Mindfulness Self-Compassion teacher training and the Mindfulness in Schools Project's .B and .BFoundation teacher-training. I am a mindfulness supervisor and also a qualified counsellor, CBT therapist and hypnotherapist.
Mindful Living Show Presentation
Friday 15th March 2019
"Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression"
That mindfulness is helpful for anxiety and depression seems clear from the research and this session will consider the evidence-base for mindfulness in an accessible way. We will also explore what is much less certain: which elements of mindfulness courses are most helpful and how mindfulness can be most effectively and safely taught and practiced.