Registered Health Coach
Listed Mindfulness Teacher
I am a fully registered member of the Association for Coaching & The British Psychological Society as a Health Coach.
With a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology I specialise in health behaviour change and have worked within the field of health, wellbeing and fitness for over fifteen years.
I work with schools, teachers, small groups and individuals. I present at conferences and deliver workshops on all aspects of health and wellbeing.
I have worked as a Master Tutor for twelve years in diabetes, obesity management and health behaviour change for a leading fitness education training provider.
Working also for the University of Nottingham on an International Study for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes through Lifestyle Intervention (PREVIEW).
I regularly teach group exercise fitness and more recently have branched out into Fitness Yoga to complement my mindfulness practice.
I discovered mindfulness, specifically, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, over three years ago. Having spent so many years helping people manage their physical and mental health through physical training I was intrigued, and naturally drawn to, this mind and body approach to managing health.
After reading several books and getting to know the premise of mindfulness, I became increasingly more fascinated, interested and quietly involved in practising.
Over time, interest and curiosity in this approach evolved into a deep connection and passion. Mindfulness has since become, not only a daily practice and an awakening but a pathway to living and a purpose too. I am developing a strong interest in understanding and learning the deepest level of teaching mindfulness through its roots in Buddhism.
Becoming a Mindfulness Teacher
In 2017 I enrolled on a twelve-month MBCT Mindfulness Teacher Training course with The Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness. Whilst equipping me with skills to teach the 8-week course in line with the UK Mindfulness Network CIC “Good Practice Guidelines”, this was the deepest, most enlightening, challenging and life-changing journey I have ever embarked upon.
I am listed on the UK Mindfulness Network for mindfulness teachers. To continue to meet the high quality standards and “Good Practice Guidelines” set by the UK Network, supervision, annual residential retreats and mindfulness teacher masterclasses at Oxford University Centre for Mindfulness are now part of my journey and path as a mindfulness teacher.
My vision is to bring mindfulness to mainstream health and wellbeing. For ordinary people leading busy lives and who may sometimes struggle with the ups and downs.
To help with all aspects of life, whether it be stress, anxiety, mood or reaching personal fitness potential, goals and healthy eating.
Mindfulness is a life tool for managing our headspace. We spend so much time and energy managing our health through physical exercise, this is mental exercise for brain and body health.
To help us all treat our minds and bodies with care, mindfulness allows us to be kinder to ourselves, have a deeper relationship with others and reach our full living potential in this precious life.