about me

I am 71 years old and live and work in Bristol, UK.  I have spent most of my life working in teaching and training roles of various kinds.

I am a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order (ex-Western Buddhist Order) and teach Mindfulness drop-in classes and Buddhist meditation classes and retreats in and around Bristol.

I qualified in 1993 as a Counsellor with a Certificate and Diploma in Counselling from the Central School of Counselling and Therapy.  I have worked regularly as a Counsellor since 1993 and have over 17,000 hrs experience.  I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and on the BACP Certificate of Proficiency Register.  I am an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher, qualified to deliver Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health courses.  I have also studied CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and have a CBT Practitioner Certificate from the Copewell Institute working in partnershuip with the University of the West of England.  In 1994 I was trained and accredited as a Cruse Bereavement Counsellor.  I am an accredited Co-teacher in Co-Counselling with CCI (Co-Counselling International).

I have regular Supervision as well as regular Mindfulness Peer Supervision.

The past 15 years I have been studying Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC) teachings and have attended and assisted on many NVC trainings.  I have chosen not to seek formal NVC accreditation, but find Robert Gonzales' approach to weaving NVC into Therapy very inspiring for my own day to day Counselling work.   I have attended two full weeks training and studied on various online seminars with Robert.

I am an Hons. Graduate from the Advanced Course in Speech and Drama 1979 at Central School of Speech and Drama, London.  I have been a Buddhist for 40 years, and enjoy exploring the spiritual dimensions of therapy and counselling.