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 as a senior executive leadership coach, 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 being mindful in everyday life and helping others to do the same.
I completed advanced courses in Teaching Mindfulness through the University of Wales Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor from 2002 - 2005 and I have attended many Retreats through Gaia House, Sharpham College, Bangor, The Krishnamurti Centre and others. Reading widely and going deeply into the original Buddhist teachings has helped a great deal in my understandings. Exploring the value of mindfulness 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 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. Until recently (from 2012 ~ 2020) I provided a local monthly meeting mindfulness support group, and I supported and encouraged individuals in their interest in being mindful by running tailored and flexible courses. All curtailed by the pesky pandemic! The website with its free contributions I hope compensates a bit, plus continuing to meet up with mindful friends individually is a saving grace.
My main interest is in being mindful in everyday life itself - which means going beyond formal practice. I like to be mindful when riding my bike, meeting and talking with friends and family, doing DIY, writing poems, making art and well.... generally just breathing, being aware and being alive!
Previous Academic and professional Qualifications / Education ~
BA(Hons) Psychology (Portsmouth University 1984) MSc Organisational Psychology (Manchester UMIST 1985) 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, Certificate in Further Education Teaching, Highbury College 1979, Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Graylingwell Hospital Chichester 1976-77. Psychiatric Nursing qualification RMN St James’ Hospital 1973-75.