It was while at medical school in the early 1980s that I became fascinated by the interaction of psychological states and physical health and through this interest began my own mindfulness practice. After graduating from medical school I began teaching mindfulness practice in educational, community and corporate settings and this has continued through my employment at the University of Salford.
Now as a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Society almost all of my lecturing is related to mindfulness practice and is delivered to undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals.
I have a particular interest in enabling people who might struggle to access the more widespread mindfulness courses to be able to find ways of integrating mindfulness and self-compassion into their lives. My work with colleagues developing and offering training in Mindful Resilience Enhancement is a key aspect of furthering this interest.
I am an accredited Breathworks Trainer and have also undertaken the mindfulness MBCT/MBSR Teacher Development Retreats 1 & 2 at Bangor University, Mindfulness Self-Compassion teacher training and the Mindfulness in Schools Project's .B and .BFoundation teacher-training. I am a mindfulness supervisor and also a qualified counsellor, CBT therapist and hypnotherapist.