Who am I?
I am a mindfulness teacher and supervisor and a Registered Mental Health Nurse with an extensive background in community mental health nursing. I am interested in widening the provision of MBCT and mindfulness-based approaches to people who experience barriers in accessing groups.
What do I do?
I teach MBCT courses in a psychological therapies service and offer mindfulness courses to young offenders as part of a small pilot project with Mind, the mental health organisation. I have a special interest in mindfulness for people experiencing distressing psychosis and facilitate adapted groups in collaboration with Mind.
I also teach MBSR and MBCT to NHS staff groups, and, more recently, to staff groups in the homelessness sector. I work alongside Prof. Mark Williams on a prison mindfulness project partly funded by the OMC Accessibility Fund. We have offered mindfulness groups to prisoners and prison staff and MBCT teacher training to a multi-disciplinary group of staff from several prisons.
In addition I work one or two days a week as a mental health nurse, in a pan London homelessness team, assessing the needs of homeless people who are experiencing significant health and social problems, and offering training to staff working in the homelessness sector.
Why I love working at the OMC
The OMC ethos and values include a commitment to make mindfulness and MBCT inclusive and accessible to all. They actively promote, collaborate with, and fund accessibility initiatives making MBCT available to a wider spectrum of society such as refugees and prisoners. The OMC community are encouraging, supportive and inspirational and I am privileged to be an associate of the centre.