Geraldine Breakwell MBACP (accred) UKRCP
Geraldine has a background in psychodynamic counselling and has worked extensively in primary care, secondary care, in private practice and in education. She has a particular interest in chronic illness and pain and still works in this context within the NHS. She also holds a diploma in the management of stress.
Geraldine’s interest in meditation was awakened more than 30 years ago on visits to The Findhorn Foundation and to Plum Village, the centre of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in France. She has trained extensively in mindfulness and has completed Practitioner Development, Teacher Development and Mindfulness Supervision training with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor. The work that Geraldine does in this field is rooted in her own established practice of mindfulness meditation. In addition to teaching 8 week programmes and one2one mindfulness in Leeds Geraldine also facilitates several specialist mindfulness groups as well as residential mindfulness retreats. She also offers supervision to other mindfulness practitioners and has supported the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University as a guest teacher exploring the impact of mindfulness in the workplace.www.mindfulnesspractice.co.uk
Cathy Theaker MA Psych Ther. FHEA. PGCHE. MBACP acc.
Cathy is a freelance coach, counsellor, supervisor and trainer, with a speciality in health and well-being and a particular interest in the interface between psychological therapies and mindfulness. She previously worked at Leeds Beckett University as a wellbeing practitioner, offering counselling, coaching, delivery of psycho-educational training workshops and mindfulness sessions for students and staff. Cathy has 20 years’ experience in personal and professional development, with clients from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, within contexts such as Higher and Further Education, NHS, Young Peoples Services, Drug and Alcohol Agencies. She has also worked as a lecturer in counselling and her MA research focused on investigating coaches’ experiences of integrating mindfulness into coaching practice.
Cathy's interest in mindfulness began whilst travelling in India and Nepal in 1995, visiting Dharamsala where she began learning about Buddhism and had the privilege of seeing the Dalai Lama. She has a personal mindfulness practice and practices Dru Yoga.www.cathytheaker.com