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I graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and worked initially as a violinist before postgraduate training as a person-centred counsellor. I worked as a counsellor in GP surgeries and private practice, was UKRC registered, and Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Having engaged in different forms of meditative practice throughout my adult life, I concluded my counselling work in 2007 and devoted my attention to mindfulness. I trained for 5 years with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, receiving a Postgraduate Diploma (distinction) in Teaching Mindfulness plus Certificate of Competence in Teaching. In each year of training, my key issue was around the inner critic, and my key learning was around self-compassion. I devoted my fifth year at Bangor to researching those areas. This became a deep personal exploration, which in turn led to my training to teach Mindful Self-Compassion. I was fortunate to train with Christopher Germer, Kristin Neff and other senior MSC teachers. I have been teaching MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) regularly since 2010 and MSC since early 2016. I engage in an ongoing process of training and supervision, and adhere to the Ethical Guidelines for MSC Teachers and the UK Network Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness-Based Teachers.