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Mindfulness is widely known as a way of being that promotes peace of mind, clarity and general wellbeing. We’ve seen a ‘mindfulness boom’ lately with vast numbers of tutors, courses and resources available online. This is all hugely positive, but in truth there are hardly any resources freely available for deaf people and – in particular – for those who use British Sign Language.
Back in 2009 I was working for West Bromwich’s YMCA as their Healthy Living Coordinator for Deaf/Hard of hearing people. My role consisted of ensuring the centres wellbeing services were accessible to the deaf community, training staff and then working with deaf clients to share information and awareness of wellbeing activities.
It was in this role that I was offered the initial training with Mindfulness Scotland to become a Mindfulness Practitioner. They had never worked with a deaf person before and the 6 week course and tutor training/retreat were learning curves for us all. I am very grateful for the positive impact Mindfulness has had on my life and I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I have learnt with others.
After completing my training, I began teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches to individuals and groups across the country in various settings. These included NHS pain management groups, wellbeing courses at community centres and for private companies too. I have tailored courses for individuals, small groups and offered bespoke workshops for organisations ‘training days.’
I use both spoken English and British Sign Language so that both hearing and deaf people are able to access courses and workshops and follow guided meditations with ease.
As a trained professional relaxation therapist I specialise in delivering Mindfulness sessions for stress relief and relaxation and I have a specific interest in the benefits of Mindfulness on those who experience anxiety and/or panic and I continue to develop my CPD as I research Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming methods and Emotional Freedom Technique.
If you are interested in booking a mindfulness workshop or course, please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements or what you’d like to get out of the session. I offer video tuition (in BSL and/or spoken English) for you to access from the comfort of your home!
*UPDATE* please note, that due to the current pandemic I am unable to deliver workshops in person.
You can, however, book a one on one Mindfulness session with me, accessible via Skype from the comfort of your home or purchase a video download of a guided meditation of your choice.
Topics we can cover in our guided meditation session include:
*Taking a breathing space – learning to find space and time in busy lives, these meditations are suitable for those who wish to curb their stress levels.
*Loving Kindness – learning to care for ourselves emotionally and develop feelings of self-love. You can also use these meditations to practice feelings of forgiveness towards others.
*The Body Scan – specific body-based meditations to settle into the present moment to calm a racing mind and ground into the here and now.
*Pain Management – if you live with chronic pain or illness, we can look at a guided meditation that supports peace of mind in the midst of difficulty.
*Befriending our thoughts – for those struggling with anxiety, low mood or low self esteem, these meditations enable you to change how your view your thoughts and cultivate a more loving relationship with yourself.
All one on one live sessions are conducted in BSL or SSE if you prefer, with or without voice. The sessions are 60 minutes long and cost £45. Prior to the session I will ask if you have any particular Mindfulness meditations you’d like to be guided through and you will be able to send me a follow up email after the session (in written English or BSL) to share any queries you have about continuing the practice at home.
Alternatively, you may wish to purchase any of my pre-recorded Video downloads. These are sent to you via We Transfer which you can save to your computer and use time and time again. The videos are available on the following topics:
*The Breathing Space – finding ways to take a breather in busy lives – (15 mins long, £10)
*Love and Kindness – nurturing feelings of self care, love and forgiveness – (25 mins long, £15)
*The Body Scan meditation – grounding into the body to calm and soothe (35 mins long, £20)
If you need support with something else I’ve not stated, please get in touch to enquire. To purchase any one of the video downloads or to book a personal session please get in touch with me via the contact page.