New Pathways/SURE for Mental Health Interactive Conference-Glyndwr University April 2018. I presented three workshops of 45 minutes each, looking at how mindfulness can be used to manage stress as part of a self-care framework; for professionals working with those with mental health difficulties. The workshops were interactive and were positively received by those new to mindfulness meditation as well as those who are regular practitioners of meditation.
MS Society Conference- Glyndwr University October 29th 2017. I presented two hour-long workshops exploring the use of mindfulness to manage stress for those living with MS and for those who live with and care for others with MS. It was a mixture of theory and practice which generated much discussion and interest.
Professional Doctorate students-Faculty of Social and Political Studies, University of Chester May 2017. I gave a 20 minute presentation on a systematic review in the use of EMDR (pain protocol) to treat chronic pain where there is no history of psychological trauma.
Postgraduate Research Conference-Faculty of Social and Political Studies, University of Chester March 2017. I gave a 20 minute presentation on my proposed research around a changing self-concept when living with chronic pain, and how this may impact upon acceptance and/or adjustment to chronic pain.
British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) Research Conference 20th & 21st May 2016. I gave a 20 minute presentation (with 30 minute question and answer session) on the research I had conducted in my Masters in Clinical Counselling. I presented: “A systematic review in the use of EMDR to support people with chronic pain”. It was very well received, generating much discussion.
Chester University Counselling Community, 14th April, 2016. I presented my research around chronic pain and the similarities with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Article for the British Heart Foundation magazine, July 2018 on anger and coping with this following a cardiac diagnosis.
Article to Therapy Today Journal, July 2017 (vol 28 issue 6 p.44) on dog agility and training as part of my own self-care.
Professional Opinion requested by Therapy Today journal, July 2016 (vol 27 issue 6 p. 4) on the findings of a piece of research looking at the incidence and prevalence of chronic pain in the UK. http://tinyurl.com/z95wqoy
Journal article to Therapy Today, June 2016 (vol 27 issue 5)“Chronic pain and the self”. Discussing how chronic pain affects our self-concept (how we view ourselves) and proposing a model of change which suggests self- acceptance (to a with-pain-self concept) helps us to live more easily and fully with our chronic pain, rather than despite it. Discusses my pain experiences, and what I have observed in clinical practice. You can view it here:
Letter to BACP Private Practice, October 2015. I wrote a letter in response to an article explaining why Mindfulness practice is not “spiritual bypassing” but a challenging way to sit with our more difficult/hard emotions such as anger and grief.