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  • MSC Certified Teacher

How do I express in words this adventure of being human? Every myth of Self-Compassion was well ingrained. I am now grateful, humbled and passionate about Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness and the peace they can eventually bring. What a joy and privilege to be able to practice and share them.

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I have worked in mental health and emotional well being since 1991. After completing my BSc (Hons) Psychology Degree and working in the voluntary sector, I went on to train and work in Mental Health Nursing. Following this, I went on to train as a Cognitive Therapist at the Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy Centre. I gained a diploma with distinction. I also began a Masters at Bangor University in Mindfulness Based Approaches and most latterly training in Compassion Focused Therapy with Paul Gilbert and also Transformational Chair Work.
I have worked as a psychotherapist in the UK since 1999, accredited with the BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) - working with people with wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), social anxiety, panic, anger and low self confidence. I worked for the NHS for over 16 years, latterly as a Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, before focusing on my private practice.

I began my personal mindfulness practice in 2002 and Mindful Self compassion practice in 2012. My mindfulness Teacher Training has been with Bangor University and I am also familiar with the Breathworks teachings and those of the Mindfulness Association. I attended the first Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training in the UK in 2014 and, for a second time, to deepen practice in 2016. I received my MSC Teacher Certification in September 2015. I am now proud to say I am also an MSC Trained Teacher for Teens and Young Adults. I love neuroscience and how this informs our work as best it can. I am currently completing my Certified Mindfulness Teacher training with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.

I have taught:
MSC 8 week courses in Lincolnshire in the UK and Dublin, Ireland
MSC Intensives with Chris Germer and Christine Braehler June 2015 and with Christine Braehler in June 2016.
MSC 2 day Core Skills with Megan Leuchers in Glasgow in May 2016.

MSC Community For Deepening Practice:
I am also delighted to be the lead teacher for the MSC Community For Deepening Practice alongside Aimee Eckhardt.

MSC Circle of Practice:
I am also delighted to be co facilitator for the MSC Circle of Practice with Carolin Grampp.

United Kingdom
Lincolnshire, UK and Dublin, Ireland

Compassion in all areas of my life really matters to me and so I began to look at communication. NVC (Non Violent Communication or Compassionate Communication) is a huge part of my life and I am currently continuing to train in this.

I love finding new ways to enhance well being and so I am also a Trained Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher Trainer.

And I am returning to an earlier passion of being a trained massage therapist and being able to offer HEARTS which is a beautiful hands on practice.

There is no doubt that Mindful Self-Compassion really is a journey :) The MSC Intensive or MSC 8 week program are just the beginning. I have attended three MSC Intensives thus far as a participant and noticed a deepening each time. I have also attended the MSC Teacher Training twice to deepen my teaching. For me deeply knowing what it is like to be our own best friend is a gift that holds all others. And also knowing the hardships and obstacles that can arise is also such an important aspect too. Facilitating these beautiful trainings really is a privilege.