I attended the teacher training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), Psychiatry Department of Oxford University. In line with UK good practices for teaching mindfulness, my work is supervised.
In addition, I completed the .b Teacher program and is certified to teach 11-18 year olds under the UK Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)—the gold standard provider of mindfulness training and materials for classrooms.
I am exposed to a full breadth of mindfulness training, and is very much interested in what makes people resilient.
I trained in the following for teachers / therapists:
(1) Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, by pioneering teacher David Treleaven
(2) MBCT for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Oxford Mindfulness Centre
(3) MBCT for Life, Oxford
(4) Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Depression, by Judith Beck, Beck Institute
(5) CBT for Anxiety, Beck
In terms of training as a student:
(1) 8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), University of Massachusetts Medical School – this was my introduction to secular mindfulness in healthcare
(2) Building Compassion From The Inside Out, by Thupten Jinpa, Compassion Institute
As for personal practice, I have attended retreats in Malaysia, Japan (Zen), and Nepal (30 days), and I’m very much influenced by Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron’s writings. My approach to teaching is to facilitate learning through inquiry and introspection, and relating it to life realities.
Outside teaching mindfulness, I am a presenter at BFM 89.9 the business radio station in Kuala Lumpur, and had worked in Malaysia and Singapore. I am a Fellow of the Eisenhower Fellowships; Asia Journalism Fellowship Singapore; and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” Pema Chodron, nun