I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am also teacher of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, having trained with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) which is a part of Oxford University. I subscribe to the Mindfulness Teacher Network Guidelines, and appear on their List.
Until recently, for six years, I was a Director of Ridgeway Mindful Psychology, a Community Interest Company, supported by the OMC. As a Mindfulness Course provider, I have worked with hospital-based Doctors and Health Professionals, and with hard-to-reach populations via a local Neighbourhood charity.
I completed my undergraduate psychology degree with the Open University in 1999 with First Class Honours, and my postgraduate training in Counselling Psychology at City University, London in 2005, with a MSc and a post-Masters Diploma. I have had 10 years experience in working in both primary and secondary care within the NHS, within GP surgeries and Community Mental Health Teams, working with people referred for mild to moderate problems as well as those with severe and enduring difficulties. This includes people with anxiety, general worry, depression, eating problems and disorders and many other problems. However, I'm equally happy working with those who simply seek to feel a little happier, a little more in control. In addition, I have worked in an NHS Older Adults Service, and have contributed to some published research on using Mindfulness with couples where one partner has dementia.
I currently work in a self-employed capacity. I originally trained as a teacher, and hold a Bachelor of Education degree. I worked with the under-fives initially, and then with adults in Further Education. I also have 10 years experience as a youth worker, both in a youth club, and in an organisation for homeless young people.
I keep up to date, as required by my profession, by attending workshops and reading relevant articles regularly.
On a personal level, I love the simple things of life - walking my dog, and tuning into nature and birdsong, being in my kitchen and having time to cook nourishing food, connecting with friends and family. I've learnt the pleasure of just having a go at things, - letting go of perfectionism - and enjoy yoga, knitting, creating art from beach-finds - in this spirit of playfulness.
Kemp E., Wilkinson P., Cambray L., Johannson M., (2016), Accepting what is Present: Could Learning Mindfulness Together be a Useful Intervention for a Couple Living with Dementia? FPOP Bulletin no 134, pages 18 - 22