Debbie is a registered occupational therapist trained in Canada with 13 years experience in the NHS in rehabilitation of patients with physical injuries. Through her work she became interested in how people with the same injuries with the same surgeons and the same therapists had vastly different outcomes based on their thoughts, moods, beliefs, history, relationships and the environment around them.
She embarked on a journey to learn the skills needed to support patients with complex needs as they recovered from a physical injury, condition or following an operation. She trained in cognitive behavioural therapy foundation skills, health coaching and completed the Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Level 1 through Bangor University in September 2016. In 2017 she started Simply Mindfulness to reach people outside of healthcare who were approaching her for mindfulness training. She now works part time with Simply Mindfulness and part time in a hospital as a Clinical Specialist in Hand Therapy, Pain Management and Mindfulness with patients presenting with physical symptoms.
Debbie has a young family and has expanded her mindfulness interest to children, particularly through the use of mindfulness in schools and healthcare and the enhanced well-being of parents, teachers and health professionals. She has taught several children’s health teams and school staff groups the 8 week mindfulness course with some staff going on to train through the Mindfulness in Schools Project to bring mindfulness to the students in a structured and evidence based way with he aim of preventing the development of mental illness. Outside of schools, the wellbeing of children has become of interest to many people and in response to this overwhelming need, Debbie has gone on to train with the Mindfulness in Schools Project, Relax Kids and ZenMuma. The aim is to start teaching programmes in 2019 to parents with babies and children in a fun and engaging way that is still based on research to ensure that what is learned will make a difference to everyone’s wellbeing.
On the other end of the spectrum, Debbie is also interested in Mindfulness and Healthy Ageing. As an occupational therapist have worked for many years in healthcare, she has a wealth of experience working with older people and on a more personal level is experiencing the cognitive decline of a parent. Teaching mindfulness to older people is a passion to ensure people remain healthy in body and mind throughout their life. Older people (I’ve had people up to age 88!) are most encouraged to sign up for Tasters, Evenings and the 8 week course.
Debbie is also a keen athlete with an affinity for long distance events which have included marathons, triathlons, Tough Mudders, a half ironman, an Etape du Tour long distance cycling event and a multiday mountain marathon in the Scottish Highlands. Although training time is limited now with youngsters and work she still enjoys getting out for regular runs with friends and the odd race here and there. These days, the outdoors are enjoyed as a family, preferably in a canoe or tent in the middle of nowhere.
Debbie teaches mindfulness as an occupational therapist registered with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and regulated through the Health and Care Professions Council. She is listed as a Mindfulness Teacher with the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Training Organisations having the met the strict Good Practice Guidelines to teach mindfulness to the highest standard. She has regular contact with a supervisor through the Mindfulness Network CIC and is insured to teach mindfulness in private practice.
What people say:
“Debbie has been informative, knowledgeable, positive and approachable throughout and I will miss not having our weekly sessions! Thank you!”
“Debbie’s sympathetic approach to her delivery, always inviting you to delve deeper and never criticizing the lack of evidence that was requested each week.”
“Debbie is a great teacher – informative but also gently leading us to our own recognition of what’s going on. She is also fun to listen too!”
“The sessions were delivered in a friendly, professional and relaxed manner, making me feel able to join in and make the most of the course.”
“Debbie has gently introduced me to this practice in a practical, non-fussy way!”
“Thank you for putting me at ease enabling me to relax.”
Please read these testimonials from people who have attended a Simply Mindfulness course