I am a therapist and trainer in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I also teach in the educational field at a London University and have a private clinical practice (http://www.mindfulmatters.co.uk) where I see clients on a one-to-one basis.
I was first introduced to meditation in 1989 whilst at University. Depressed, stressed, and perpetually anxious, I was clearly not having the fabled Best-Years-of-Your-Life experience that I had been led to believe was awaiting me. So I thought I'd give breathing on a cushion with my eyes closed a bash!
I guess that I was probably drawn to meditation by the promise of greater calm and relaxation, an increased ability to deal with my stress and anxiety, as well as the desire to understand myself and my own mind a little bit better.
The decades that followed saw me deepening my meditation practice through study and retreats with teachers particularly in two schools of Buddhist meditation: Zen and Vipassana (Insight) meditation.
Insight meditation/mindfulness has been my main focus for the last ten years, along with an interest in other mind-body practices (especially dance and yoga) and my post-graduate studies in clinical psychology and therapy.
As I trained to become a counsellor, I pleasurably discovered that many of the leading lights in mindfulness research and practice (Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Christina Feldman, and John Teasdale) were meditation teachers as well as therapists or physicians. I feel very fortunate in having been taught by a number of these practitioners.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) allows me to utilise my understanding of mindfulness, clinical psychology and psychotherapy (particularly in relation to depression, stress and anxiety) along with my skills as a teacher and lecturer, honed over twenty years working in schools and universities.
I am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework.