ZOE SHOBBROOK-FISHER

My wish is to share mindfulness and compassion approaches for greater wellbeing and joy in a way that is accessible, personal and has integrity.  This is rooted in my own practice and life experience.  I first became interested in meditation through yoga over 30 years ago.  Since then I have explored various meditation traditions both here and abroad, most deeply Insight Meditation. I am influenced by a broad range of spiritual and wellbeing teachers and have found that Mindfulness integrates the many strands that inspire me in a wonderful non exclusive way. I actively volunteer to support the mindful self-compassion teachers community in the UK, you can find out more about us here.  Previously I worked in theatre then as a university student-staff counsellor for 10 years, which included leading psycho-educational groups. In 2010 I began my training at Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice in order to teach MBSR and since 2015 began teaching Mindful Self-Compassion as well. I run lots of different types of groups : the general public, workplace, NHS Recovery College, at MIND and at The Mindfulness Project. I am a Mindfulness Teaching Supervisor for the Mindfulness Network and have a small counselling practice in Richmond.  I am passionate about increasing the accessibility of mindfulness to minority members of our community and those on lower incomes. Having been at one point myself a single parent who received support to begin my training I try to offer reduced fees for those experiencing financial hardship – please feel welcome to ask for more details.

My Experience and Qualifications

For the last 10 years I have been running mindfulness and self-compassion public groups, for NHS staff and patients, in the private business sector and for counselling training organisations.  I trained in teaching Mindfulness at Bangor University completing their Teaching Training Pathway, and have been awarded the Certificate of Competency to Teach Mindfulness. I have also completed the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training pathway and have been designated a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.  I adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines of British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches(BAMBA) which requires I attend regular silent retreats and have ongoing supervision for all my work.

I was a Senior Counsellor and group facilitator in Higher Education for 12 years, and am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and registered with the Health Council. I am a mindfulness and mindful self-compassion teaching supervisor for the Mindfulness Network, and previously worked as a clinical supervisor at Hounslow Youth Counselling Service and University of Surrey supervising trainee counsellors.

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