I am a former academic, having taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of health psychology, mental health disorders, exercise psychology, positive psychology, and mindfulness. I held Lecturer and Senior Lecturer positions for over 12 years in both the Psychology and Sport & Exercise Science Departments of Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K. I have an undergraduate BSc (Hons) degree in Sport & Exercise Science and PhD in Psychology. I was also a founding member of the Newcastle Centre for Positive Living at Northumbria University, a research and consultancy centre focusing on furthering the understanding and application of positive psychology.
In recent years I’ve helped design and deliver courses in mindfulness, positive psychology and Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) to the general public, and master classes in positive psychology to coaches, trainers, teachers and health professionals. I’m interested in helping individuals to understand the scientific research within the field of mindfulness, positive psychology and ACT, and in assisting them in applying it to their everyday lives. My purpose is to help people alleviate suffering and to live full and meaningful lives whatever circumstances they find themselves in.
When I started working for myself, I wanted to create a different kind of well-being and personal development business. The work is born out of compassion and the desire to help people to change their lives for the better, and from day one I’ve built the culture around a set of four guiding principles that reflect this:
- Put people first
- Keep it simple
- Make it enjoyable
- Optimise for happiness and well-being, not profit