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Bal De Buitléar and Tracy Connor

Bal De Buitléar

Hello.  Thank you for taking the time to read about me.

I have enjoyed working in the field of mental health and emotional well-being for over 20 years both for the NHS and now in independent practice.  I have a B.Sc.(Hons) Human Psychology Degree, Mental Health Nursing Diploma and Cognitive Therapy Diploma. 

I am accredited with the BABCP www.babcp.com  and work as a trainer, therapist and supervisor offering therapy including: CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; CFT - Compassion Focused Therapy; Transformational Chairwork; and individual Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion.  I have attended three training workshops with Professor Paul Gilbert on Compassion Focused Therapy, including the three day retreat "Mindful Compassion".

In addition I am a trained Laughter Yoga Trainer.  Laughing is a great way to relieve stress, have fun and be happy :) 
Please visit Compassionate Living for further details of these aspects of my work.

I began my personal Mindfulness practice in 2002.  I have since undertaken further training and experience in Mindfulness-Based Approaches, including the first module of the Masters Degree at Bangor University, a 5 day Teacher Training Retreat run by Bangor University at Trigonos, two x 5 day intensive Mindful Self-Compassion Retreats run by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, Emergent Intelligence run by Saki Santorelli, Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha's Brain with Rick Hanson and other courses.  

I am now delighted to be a fully certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher Trainer.  Initially trained by Christopher Germer, Kristin Neff, Michelle Becker and Steve Hickman (www.centerformsc.org).

I also use Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion in my own healing journey to recover from a long-term chronic illness and to manage the challenges of parenting a child with special needs.      

Tracy Connor

Hello there. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me.

I currently work as a Macmillan Nurse, specialising in haematology cancers within the NHS. Qualifying as a nurse over 23 years ago my long-term goal was to be a Macmillan nurse. I achieved that dream nearly 15 years ago and now I have another, to share the miracle of mindfulness with as many people as I can. To this end I embarked on the University of Aberdeen’s MSc in Mindfulness Studies in September 2013 and recently successfully completed the Mindfulness Associations (MA) Teaching Retreat during which I underwent rigorous assessment of my ability to teach their eight week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC). Although intense, the experience was really rather wonderful, like coming home. It just felt so natural and instinctive to teach and lead the various practices.
My own journey with mindfulness began around 10 years ago. I have found that it has brought so many positive aspects into my life including; improved ability to cope under pressure; more authentic and fulfilling relationships with family, friends and work colleagues; greater rapport and improved therapeutic interventions with my patients and their families and not least joy, happiness and peace. Living mindfully does not take away our problems but it provides us with a wonderful resource to help us navigate our way through the challenges of life. All through my nursing career it has been important to me to provide scientifically evidenced based care to my patients. Mindfulness has a solid and clear scientific base which is why I am so passionate about it and feel so confident about teaching it to people.

I have undertaken many courses and qualifications during my nursing career which I believe have provided me with many transferable skills including a Diploma in Cancer Care; BSc (Hons) in Palliative Care as well as several teaching qualifications (DC1 & DC2 and City & Guilds) and as part of my role as a Macmillan nurse I have undertaken The National Advanced Communication Skills Training Programme (National Cancer Action Team). I bring a wealth of life and professional experience to my teaching of mindfulness as well as a warm, light hearted and playful approach.

Please contact us for further information about courses in Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion in Lincoln and the surrounding area.
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