Hello, I’m Sarah Monro. I participated in a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course 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 offering mindfulness courses to help others to cultivate their own practice.
Qualified Counselling Psychologist
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.
Mindfulness and compassion
My particular areas of interest and expertise are supporting people to develop mindfulness and compassion as part of enhancing well-being. I have delivered mindfulness courses for NHS staff and I am involved in developing the provision of mindfulness and compassion focused therapies within Dorset NHS Trust. I am registered with the British Psychological Society, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association for Mindfulness-based Approaches.
Mindfulness in Schools
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 develop their mindfulness practise.