(MBSR, MBCT, ME-CL, The Present)
Registered Teacher with The British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches
RMN(retired), BS(c)Hons, Post Grad(dip) CMRP, Certificate of Competence in teaching Mindfulness Based Interventions.
Jean’s professional background is in mental health nursing in the NHS. She trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, working with people with complex needs where she was first introduced to mindfulness as a health intervention.Since 2001 she has been teaching Mindfulness both in the NHS and privately, developing this further by training on the Masters Programme at Bangor University, the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice which has international links and expertise. Much of Jean’s work has involved working with groups, enabling participants to feel safe and work with confidence. She has also experience of running retreats with other mindfulness teachers.
Jean is keen to share the benefits of mindfulness. She is committed to ongoing personal practice, professional training and increasing the skills she can bring to mindfulness teaching.
Jean is registered on the UK Teachers Network Listing:
Trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher
RMN (retired),Trained MSC teacher (CMSC in San Diego),Trained MBCT-Ca teacher
Sonia worked as a mental health nurse in the NHS for the whole of her career, developing relationships with clients and their families in very difficult circumstances. The job required an all round holistic knowledge of health and well being to meet people’s needs, requiring good interpersonal skills and compassionate responses. Another transferable skill was running groups, working with the dynamics and supporting carers. She continues to gain great satisfaction form connecting and engaging with others, facilitating positive changes for them.
She has been teaching mindfulness alongside Jean at Malvern Mindfulness since 2013 and in 2016 became a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion in San Diego, USA. She has also completed training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for People with Cancer in 2021 (MBCT-Ca).
Sonia has personally enjoyed pursuing her interest in yoga and meditation since the age of 22 and is delighted that there is now scientific research supporting the benefits of mindfulness which encourages more people to enjoy its benefits. Sonia has gained a lot of personal benefit from practicing mindfulness especially from the practice of mindful self-compassion which has helped her greatly with the difficulties that present in her life and her ability to really value and appreciate the joys of living.
Good Practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness based courses
Both Jean and Sonia have an ongoing commitment to training and continuing personal and professional development as outlined in the ‘Good practice guidelines’