Hello, I’m Sarah Monro. I participated in a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group in 2010 and this was incredibly valuable because it helped me recognise how easy it is to become lost in the whirlpools of thought instead of being in this moment. For me, continuing to practise mindfulness enables me to be more present, appreciate precious moments and respond more calmly and with greater clarity to difficulties when these arise. Having experienced the beneficial effects of mindfulness myself, I enjoy helping others to cultivate their own practice.
I qualified as a Counselling Psychologist in 2005 and have worked in NHS mental health services in Surrey and Dorset since 2006. In 2011 I completed MBCT Teacher Training with Bangor University, a renowned centre of excellence for mindfulness training and research, and commenced facilitating MBCT groups in the NHS.
My particular areas of interest and expertise are supporting people to develop mindfulness and compassion as part of developing well-being. I have delivered mindfulness courses for NHS staff and I am involved in developing the provision of mindfulness within the Trust. I am registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I believe mindfulness supports the development of resilience of children and adults. In 2016 I trained to teach the Paws b programme with the Mindfulness in Schools Project. Paws b has been specifically developed for 7-11 year olds and teaches children ways to steady themselves when their mind/body is busy or out of balance and ways to respond rather than react, and therefore take best care of themselves. It is a huge pleasure to be involved in supporting children at a local primary school as they begin to bring the cultivation of mindfulness into their lives.