I have been a chartered occupational psychologist since 1989, and have over 30 years experience working in the NHS and Corporate world. Prior to qualifying as a psychologist and working in organisational consultancy, I worked in the NHS as a behavioural psychotherapist from 1976-81 and again from 2002-12. In 2012 I retired from the NHS as a senior CBT psychotherapist within the IAPT team in primary care Portsmouth and had a private practice in Petersfield from 2002 until recently. I have now retired from all therapeutic work to concentrate on guiding others to be mindful at work and in everyday life. I have been exploring the value of mindfulness since 2002.
Previous Qualifications / Education ~
BA(Hons) MSc C. Psychol Cert. Behav. Psych Member of the BPS Register for Chartered Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy BABCP Accredited and Registered Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist HPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Practitioner and Teacher of Mindfulness. Since retiring, I retained my status as a Charterd Psychologist, and have let go of my formal psychotherapy professional status and am no longer practicing in that way. I was awarded a Master of Science in Organisational Psychology University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology 1984-85, Honours Degree Psychology Portsmouth University 1981-84, Certificate Further Education Teaching Highbury College 1979, Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Graylingwell Hospital 1976-77. Psychiatric Nursing qualification RMN St James’ Hospital 1973-75, Advanced courses in Teaching Mindfulness University of Wales Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Bangor 2002 - 2005. I have attended many Retreats through Gaia House, Sharpham College, Bangor, The Krishnamurti Centre and others.
I provide a local monthly meeting mindfulness support group, and I support and encourage individuals in their interest in being mindful by running tailored and flexible courses. My main interest is in being mindful in everyday life itself - which means going beyond formal practice. Since 2002 I have taught mindfulness in many situations including to senior executives, prisoners, teachers at an infants school, university students, patients and carers at a hospice. patients at a pain clinic, to families, and to many individuals. I find that understanding mindfulness as a way of everyday life is the key to alleviating many of life's struggles and sufferings. Wherever and whoever you are in mindfulness, and whatever story brings you to this site, why not get in touch? Doesn't matter where you are in the world - let's acknowledge that we are all interconnected! My values include confidentiality, ethical behaviour, trust, openness, honesty, teamwork, simplicity, patience, compassion, creativity and humour, keeping promises and following through to completion.
I guide and support people in learning to be Mindful in Everyday Life....
*All proceeds are donated to UK based Epilepsy Charity*