Meet Heather

PGDip Studies in Mindfulness, 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.

 

With the backing of the Mindfulness Association, as part of gaining a PhD in Education with the University of Aberdeen, I created and evaluated a mindfulness course for secondary school-age students 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).

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 work from the therapy rooms in my home at 18 Lethame Road, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, ML10 6AD and also deliver training days and courses in organisations such as businesses and schools in the North & South Lanarkshire areas as well as Glasgow and Ayrshire. 

In addition to the qualifications I have already gained, I am studying for a PGDip in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychological Wellbeing and will qualify in June 2021, having already gained over 100 hours of counselling experience with adults through my counselling placement.  I also work one day per week as a school counsellor in a Lanarkshire secondary school.

I receive regular supervision for my mindfulness teaching & supervision practice, and am a student member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).  While the individual sessions I provide do not constitute counselling, the use of person-centred counselling skills brings much to the relationship between me and my clients that is supportive of creating profound conditions for therapeutic change and wellness.