I stumbled into mindfulness and meditation in 2002, recovering from depression and looking for a better way to take care of myself and my mind. I have been practicing mindfulness meditation ever since, in both secular and Tibetan Buddhist contexts. I have studied with Rob Nairn since 2002, and have completed several months of silent retreat with him at the Tara Rokpa Centre in South Africa as well as in Scotland.
I have an MSc (with distinction) in Mindfulness Studies at Aberdeen University and am currently undertaking a PhD, researching the impact of mindfulness on disadvantaged and marginalised groups.
I have worked in social work and social care since 1988 and am a qualified social worker. I currently work in social work education - as a lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland and the Open University. I have introduced mindfulness training to social workers and social work students and researched the impact of compassion-focussed mindfulness training on social workers and students. I have a particular interest in how mindfulness can contribute to reflective practice and resilience.
I am registered with the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teachers. This confirms that I meet their Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses (i.e. that I am suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and am receiving supervision).