I am passionate about utilising the knowledge and skills of the ancient wisdoms and contemplative traditions to help the challenges of our modern world. To raise people’s awareness, through teaching, training, and coaching, about the potential, and power of their own minds. To heal, to let go of limiting thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviours, to build resilience and mental capacity, to cope better with the challenge and opportunities modern life brings, to live healthier, happier, and purposeful lives.
To equip children with the ‘Tools for Life’ by teaching, and training them about their own minds, enabling them to self-regulate, build resilience, develop greater mental and emotional stability that will support them throughout life. Stability of mind is the key to freedom.
Mindflow was founded in 2014 to raise people’s awareness (adults, children, young people), to the power of their own mind to heal, to build resilience and mental capacity, to navigate life’s challenges, to move forward in a direction of positive growth, to live healthier, happier, and thriving lives.
The field of quantum science has opened the gateway to greater understanding of the human mind, human experience, and the world we live in with an explosion of research into meditation, mindfulness, awareness, yoga, compassion, and mind-body-energy systems. This has led to advances within the field of cognitive neuroscience, neuro psychology, neuro physiology, neuro plasticity, and epigenetics which are informing and changing the fields of practice within psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy with more western psychological therapies integrating ancient wisdom practices within a variety or western therapeutic approaches including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Drawing on my 35 years’ personal experience of the ancient wisdoms and contemplative traditions including Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Yoga Science, Spirituality and Philosophy with there depth of knowledge of the human mind, human experience and environment. Synthesising this with current, ongoing and emerging developments within western science and links between mind-body-energy system.
I have been working within the UK mental health and wellbeing sectors for over 15-years’ and have become particularly skilled in translating complicated concepts of how the human mind-body-energy system works into easily understandable programmes of experiential learning for adults, children, and young people. Enabling people to understand their mind and the power of their thoughts, learn how to self-regulate emotions, learn to calm down, deal with stress, cope with anxiety, feel self-confident and develop greater awareness of self and empathy for others.
Utilising my creative abilities, I have developed a portfolio of interactive, mindfulness, stability of mind programmes and resources for adults, children, and young people, successfully procuring, in collaboration with Knowsley Borough Council, The Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives programme – Headstart. The criteria of which were to design, develop and deliver a programme to support the mental health and resilience of at-risk 10 to 16-year-olds within mainstream, SEN and community settings which underwent rigorous evaluation at both a local and national level in collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre and Manchester University. I have gone on to develop this programme further successfully delivering it within National Autistic Society schools and for adults with learning disabilities within and Salford NHS Learning Disability Service.
I work in private practice across all sectors including NHS, corporate and education, with individuals, groups and communities. Helping people to develop proactive strategies, by understanding their minds to navigate through, anxiety, depression, and despair to a place of balance and control, to feel calmer, cope better and move in a direction of positive growth.
I am a fully qualified clinical supervisor experienced working within NHS IAPT service providing clinical supervision for IAPT counsellors and psychotherapists. I am also a mindfulness supervisor providing clinical as well and non-clinical mindfulness supervision.
I have been delivering mindfulness based programmes within a variety of sectors including education, corporate, NHS and prisons since 2012. I am a proficient trainer of mindfulness based approaches and have delivered Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy programmes with NHS settings. I have also trained NHS staff in MBCT and MBSR programmes and supervise NHS staff with their clinical practice.
Passionate about inclusivity I have worked extensively within SEN and Learning Disability Services adapting mindfulness and emotional awareness programmes for both adults and children.
Within corporate settings I have delivered stress reduction programmes and workshops for senior and middle management.
Qualifications / Experience:
Masters Level (Merit), Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip), Counselling and Psychotherapy, Liverpool John Moores University.
Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip), in Mindfulness Based Approaches, University of Wales Bangor (Centre from Mindfulness Research and Practice).
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Accredited Practitioner Status. BACP, Leicestershire.
Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression, CfD Licensed Practitioner, Nottingham University.
Level 7 Diploma in Clinical Supervision, The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Nottingham.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), for utilisation within IAPT services.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trauma Based Therapy.
Lifespan Integration Trauma Based Therapy.
Certificate in Mindfulness Supervision, University of Wales Bangor / Mindfulness Network.
Certificate in Supervising Teachers of Mindfulness-based Approaches, University of Wales Bangor / Mindfulness Network.
Certificate in Mentoring new mindfulness teachers, University of Wales Bangor.
Dot. b Mindfulness in Schools certified teacher.
Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), accredited teacher, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.
Diploma in Yoga, British Wheel of Yoga (Hatha), accredited teacher.
Bob Proctor Coaching Programme, Proctor Gallagher Institute.
Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA).
“Geraldine, very approachable, her depth and knowledge is extensive, but also open to new discoveries and experiences.”
Karen NHS participant
“I believe this training would be beneficial to so many people in their lives, friendships and in their work. I am particularly interested in the benefits to health and wellbeing without the use of drugs / medication. It offers a great alternative.”
Sarah private client
“Geraldine’s delivery was excellent, caring and extremely relevant. The life skills I have learnt have been incredibly useful. I am in such a different place emotionally and its feels amazing.”
Hilary Private Client
“This training has made me proud of the person I am – money cannot buy that! I no longer hate myself. I have moved from a very, very dark place and practice gratitude for what I have every day. Life changing!”
Stephen Private Client
“Working with Geraldine has been an incredible journey for me. After years of experiencing PTSD I now understand it and can bring my mind-body system into balance. Triggers have become less which has given me the confidence and a sense of control.”
David Private Client