Geraldine is a mindfulness and meditation teacher and trainer and has over 18 years personal experience of mindfulness and meditation. She has a particular interest in the psychological processes involved with mindfulness, meditation and contemplative based practices and how these psychological processes interface with current theory in relation to attention and emotional regulation.
Geraldine holds a BACP approved Masters Level Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Liverpool John Moores University. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and adheres to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. Geraldine is registered on the BACP’s accredited voluntary register which has been approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
In 1995 Geraldine attended one of the first Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programmes (MBSR) to be introduced into the UK and later went onto study Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice and Bangor University. She holds Postgraduate Diploma in Mindfulness Based Approaches. In addition, Geraldine holds a British Wheel of Yoga 3 year Diploma in Hatha Yoga.
Since 1995 Geraldine has gone on to deepen her experience, knowledge and understanding of the ‘core essence’ of mindfulness, meditation and contemplative based approaches. This has led her to study Buddhist philosophy, which is simply a philosophy of the mind, how it works, how we develop as human beings, how we become stuck in life and how to become un-stuck. She has undertaken teachings from world renowned teachers from within the Tibetan Kagyu tradition which has a particular emphasis on learning through experiential practice. In accordance with this tradition Geraldine has spent extended periods in silent retreat which has enabled her to develop and deepen her direct experiential understanding of these practices and the psychological processes that are involved.
In 2010 she became an Accrediated Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher with the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. This training programme incorporates both a psychological component and a contemplative component. The psychological component was developed and delivered by Dr. Paul Ekman, a leading clinical psychologist and pioneer in the study of emotions and emotional regulation. The second component was developed and delivered by Dr. Alan Wallace, a world renowned visionary in the field of Contemplative Science, a rapidly growing field of interest.
Mindflow was founded in 2006 to bring mindfulness, meditation and contemplative based approaches to the wider community and society. Geraldine is committed to the development and delivery of authentic secular mindfulness and contemplative based programmes for contemporary life.
Geraldine has delivered a substantial number of 8 week mindfulness based programmes for generic as well as specific populations both within public and private sectors. In addition to this she has delivered a range of mindfulness teacher training programmes and workshops and has trained experimental groups for research purposes.
She is also a Certified Mindfulness in Schools Teacher and has been a volunteer counsellor for AgeUk and Compass Counselling Service in Liverpool.