Dr Sally Johnson is a Chartered Psychologist (with the British Psychological Society) She retired as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and a Health Psychologist from the University of Bradford in September 2018. Sally developed a personal and professional interest in mindfulness several years ago, and attended an eight week Mindfulness course in March/April 2012. Since then she has developed her own practice and regularly attends mindfulness retreats and CPD events. In July 2016, Sally took part in the Residential Teacher Training Retreat Level 1 through the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor. Subsequently she has undertaken further training, with a clinical psychologist, to deliver an eight week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy adapted for Stress programme, and has taught this independently to staff in the NHS in Leeds and to the general public. Sally and Cathy set up a local group in 2016 which meets monthly to provide support for the continuation of mindfulness practice.
Cathy is a counsellor, coach, supervisor and trainer, with a speciality in health and well-being and a particular interest in the interface between psychological therapies and mindfulness. Her interest in mindfulness began whilst travelling in India and Nepal in 1993, visiting Dharamsala where she began learning about Buddhism and had the privilege of seeing the Dalai Lama. Cathy has undertaken the Teacher Training Retreat Level 1 with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor. She has a personal mindfulness practice, attends retreats and CPD and practices Dru Yoga.
Cathy has delivered mindfulness interventions to NHS staff and patients in Leeds. Prior to that she delivered mindfulness groups for staff and students at Leeds Beckett University whilst working as a Wellbeing Practitioner. She has 20 years’ experience in personal and professional development, working with people 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.www.cathytheaker.com