I’m Jenny, and I really ‘found’ mindfulness after being diagnosed with a chronic illness in 2014: I experienced its life-changing effects for myself, and wanted to share it with others. I have a daily practice, and go on regular silent retreats.
I devised – or rather ‘curated’ – MEAR, as I needed a rolling, hour-long programme to deliver to people at SMART Howard House in Oxford. I love sharing the transformative potential of mindfulness with people, and making it accessible and safe for them. It’s so powerful seeing the changes that can occur, when people realise they are bigger than their addiction, or find that they’ve felt OK for the first time in a long time.
Now I’m focusing on integrating mindfulness with nature, and am really excited about the additional benefits this can bring – both for us AND the environment!
I’ve been a Registered Mental Health Nurse for over 20 years, and have mostly worked in the addictions field during this time, doing various things:
- Nurse and later Prescribing Nurse
- Clinical Manager
- Running drop-ins and needle exchange
- Providing one-to-one addictions counselling
- Facilitating therapeutic groups
- Writing and designing interventions and resources
- Training other professionals, and student nurses at Oxford Brookes University
- MSc in Psychology (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies Research and Practice) at Exeter University (Distinction)
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Addictions Psychology and Counselling from LSBU (Merit)
- Non-Medical Prescribing from Oxford Brookes University (Distinction)
- Mental Health Nursing (back in 2000 – was a pass/fail course)
- Short courses like Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused therapy, DBT, etc.
I’m registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA), and the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP), and run Oxfordshire’s SiTT (mindfulness peer support) group. I have professional indemnity and public liability insurance.