About Karen

Following many years at a senior level in the ICT sector, working for Global organisations, with a growing dissatisfaction for what I was doing, I changed career to become a certified trainer and executive coach.  With a passion for personal transformation (my own as well as others), and the ethos of  life long learning,  over the years I have taken a number of courses to learn and develop myself and to offer to others, including a BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen.  

Working with a variety of organisations, in both the public and private sectors and I have experienced first-hand how Mindfulness can change the culture of an organisation by promoting well-being in individuals, allowing them to reduce stress, increase resilience, improve focus and develop stronger interpersonal relationships.

Many Mindfulness courses, particularly the Mindfulness Association’s Mindful Based Living Course, which I teach, also promote the theme of Compassion and Self-Compassion, and I am delighted to be a trainee trainer for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion which is delivered in conjunction with  Bangor University, Wales, and recently completed the teacher training for the MA’s Compassion Based Living Course.

Although I am very excited about Mindfulness and the benefits it brings, I still get much enjoyment from my business courses and corporate clients too.

Additionally I am an NED of Advocard, an Edinburgh charity that provides advocacy services for people with mental ill health, and am a former Members Secretary of The Edinburgh Businesswoman’s Club.

I enjoy yoga, am a member of a local book group, recently joined Edinburgh’s Got Soul, a local singing group with (fortunately) no talent required.  My fitness goal for 2019 is to climb Ben Nevis – watch this space!

Qualifications

MSc Mindfulness
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Accredited Mindfulness Teacher ( UK Guidelines for Mindfulness Based Teaching)
Accredited Coach and Trainer
NLP Practitioner
Certificate in Counseling
Certificate in Hypnotherapy

Memberships
Mindfulness Association
International Positive Psychology Association
Edinburgh Business Women’s Club