(MSt, BSc (Hons), DipHE)
RMN + SCPHN
Hello and welcome to my website!
Having worked as both a mental health nurse and health visitor for several different NHS Trusts in the South of England for nearly 25 years, I have been able to be alongside alot of different peoples over the years in their time of need. I really feel that being able to offer mindfulness courses and yoga classes
Prior to training as a yoga teacher I had been practising a variety of yoga styles for nearly 30 years, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar and Yin, eventually deciding to train as a Level 3 yoga teacher in 2020, whilst studying for a Masters in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
In 2017 I was really inspired to explore mindfulness meditation and its emotional health benefits further after attending a VIP seminar with Visiting Professor Ruby Wax, OBE, at the University of Surrey.
Ruby's honesty about her own mental health struggles with the chronic condition of Bi-Polar Disorder and how practising mindfulness meditation helped manage this, was incredible to listen to.
Ruby also shared how this had led her onto the journey of applying to study for the Masters in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) practitioner training course at the University of Oxford.
I was so taken aback in awe that I was googling the details of this mindfulness course whilst in this VIP event (though discreetly!).
However, as days and weeks passed thereafter, the idea of studying for a Masters in mindfulness seemed too out of reach (academically and financially), especially being such an exclusive course at the time, available only at three universities nationally.
Somehow though, the seed was sown, and it grew, without me even realising it, and then one day two years later, I woke up out of the blue and just started googling that Masters course again, only to find out it ran every two years and the deadline for application was in two weeks time!
So I rallied around everyone I knew that could help support me with references etc., explaining we had only two weeks to submit all paperwork and somehow we managed to do it!
Although that was only the beginning as I still needed my application to be accepted, then be offered an interview, plus secure enough (self) funding to prove I was committed for the whole two years...impossible I thought!
And what did I have to lose?
Well £75 actually for the privilege of just applying to Oxford University...
But I did it! I got an interview, then got offered a place and I was on my way,
starting the course in September 2018.
However, with the interruption of a world pandemic, it actually took me three years to complete, but I can proudly announce that I've now gained that Masters in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT-D) from the University of Oxford!
Although sometimes still suffering from residual imposter-syndrome...
I am in the processes of setting up my own private mindfulness therapeutic practice offering the options of either the MBCT for Depression or Mindfulness For Life 8 week courses online, along with continuing to teach yoga classes in person.
Wishing you all well and to be free from suffering.