Hello, I’m Linda. As a mindfulness trainer and coach, I teach skills and techniques that help people lead happier, more authentic and engaged lives.
My own mindfulness practice started 15 years ago when I was diagnosed with leukeamia in my 30s. This completely unexpected diagnosis made me completely reevaluate my life and kick-started a quest to bring my body back to health. I had always been interested in the mind-body connection and used this foundation to explore every type of alternative and complimentary treatment I could find from Reiki (I even became attuned), Qi gong, Yoga, Polarity Therapy, Nutritional Therapy, Homeopathy, Kinesiology, to name but a few. Despite this extensive exploration, I felt that it was mindfulness and meditation that made the biggest impact on my life and health.
Through the practice of mindfulness I discovered that I had a tendency to suppress my emotions and put others needs before my own. I also discovered that I wasn’t great at dealing with stress, again bottling the symptoms up and numbing them out which led to my feeling anxious and I would experience bouts of low mood where I’d want to shut myself off from the world.
I was also able to do some gentle excavations and found lots of old emotional wounds I’d held on to and was able to release their hold on me by gently turning towards them. I was also able to gain a better relationship with my thoughts. One of the main teachings in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is that thoughts are not facts. With continued practice I was able to notice when my thoughts were unhelpful and over time I became my own compassionate thought gatekeeper.
The gift of mindfulness is that you start being present for yourself and your loved ones. You wake up to the life you have and start to engage with it without always tried to change or improve it, you start to realise that you and your life are enough just the way you are. That’s not to say you don’t have hopes and dreams for the future, you will, its just that you stop coming from a place of lack, a place of “not good enoughness” and instead you make value based goals from a place of genuine abundance as you feel happier with your lot.
So what makes me qualified to be your guide?
Certifications and Degrees
Masters in Psychology: Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, Wales, UK. This qualification is the longest and most in-depth mindfulness training currently available in the UK and includes training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as well as the Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)with a textiles specialism from John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
- Bachelor of Arts with honors in Fashion Design with a specialism in sustainable design from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
- Qualified Teacher Status through the UK Teaching Regulation Agency
As a teacher of mindfulness-based approaches I am committed to:
- The UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Mindfulness-Based programmes
- Undertaking regular supervision
- Attending regular mindfulness retreats to deepen my personal practice and enrich my teaching
- I am also committed to my continued professional development. My current areas of interest and formal study are: trauma-informed practices with David Trevealen, Gabor Mate and Stephen Levine; I am training to become an embodiment coach with Mark Walsh; I continue to explore the nervous system and Stephen Porge’s Polyvagel theory and I keep abreast of the latest findings in neuroscience.