After working within Government as an Organisational Psychologist for many years, I took several years off to raise my beautiful family. During this time my career focus changed as I could see a strong need for children, teenagers, adults, families and whole communities to 'stop & take a deep breath' due to our ever increasingly fast paced, technology driven, device saturated world. That is when I increased my research into Mindfulness, fell in love with it's philosophy, and decided to specialise in this incredibly powerful, scientifically based health & wellness field.
I have since been trained in the United States (University of California , San Diego) by the leaders in Mindfulness, and the developers of Mindful Self-Compassion; Kristen Neff, PhD, Chistopher Germer, PhD, Steven Hickman, PdD, & Michelle Becker, PhD. I have also been trained in the adolescent adaptation of this program (Making Friends with Yourself), by co-developer, Karen Bluth, PhD.
I am incredibly lucky and grateful to live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland . One day while walking along the beach and looking out to see I thought of how our minds are like an ocean – dark and stormy one day, then crystal clear and calm the next. This is how my business name was born - 'The Mindful Ocean'.
Through practicing Mindfulness we are giving ourselves a gift to enjoy greater focus & awareness in order to feel calmer & respond more rationally in difficult situations. Mindfulness also improves our immune function, increases happiness, optimism, empathy & compassion. Additionally, it reduces stress, anxiety & depression. Because of this, we are provided with smoother sailing through each and every day.