PGDip Studies in Mindfulness, PGDip Counselling & Psychotherapy, MBACP, PhD in Education,
Associate Tutor with the Mindfulness Association,
Certified Empowerment Coach
I grew up on the Scottish Isle of Islay, daughter of a farmer and a conservationist. I have taught meditation and mindfulness to my own three children and my two step-children as well as children of all ages and stages in both family and school settings.
I've been involved in teaching different forms of meditation and aspects of emotional learning to children since 2010 after attending Connected Kids Level 1 training, first informally with the children of friends and relatives and then professionally since 2013 as a Connected Kids tutor. This required adherence to the Connected Kids Code of Ethics and Codes of Professional Practice and has involved working with children and adolescents individually and in group settings, both in private practice and in state schools.
I qualified as a teacher of the Mindfulness in Schools Project ‘.b’ secondary pupil curriculum in 2014 and have delivered this curriculum within several schools in the Lanarkshire area.
I gained a PhD in Education from the University of Aberdeen after creating and evaluating a mindfulness & compassion curriculum for young people that is based on the Mindfulness Association’s 'Mindful Based Living Course' (MBLC); the curriculum I created is known as the Mindfulness Based Living Course for Young Adults (MBLC-YA). During the course of my studies, I taught the course to over 200 Scottish secondary school children in 5 schools across 3 different council areas. The results indicated that the course appeared to significantly narrow the wellbeing gap between those of lower and higher socioeconomic status.
I became an adult mindfulness teacher in 2013, formally qualifying as a teacher of the Mindfulness Association’s Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) in January 2015 and qualifying as a teacher of the Mindfulness Association’s Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC) in February 2016. Qualifying as a mindfulness teacher of the MBLC programme involved assessment by the Mindfulness Association as ‘Ready to Teach’ based on competency evaluation against the Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) (Crane et al., 2012).
I have been listed on the British Association for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA), (formerly known as UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers) teacher listing (see www.bamba.org.uk) since 2016. In order to be listed, teachers are required to demonstrate via an assessment process that they meet the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness-Based Teachers (BAMBA, 2020). Listed teachers must have received training from a recognised organisation, hold appropriate insurance, commit to regular continuous professional development (CPD) activities and be receiving regular teaching supervision. Teachers must renew their application for the listing on an annual basis.
I am also a qualified person-centred psychotherapeutic counsellor, offering sessions at my wellbeing centre - Springvale Wellbeing - at 18 Lethame Road, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, ML10 6AD. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). One day per week, I work as a school counsellor in a Lanarkshire secondary school.