About Sue

Special things I love about my working life

Working together with clients to inspire them on their path to awakening, in a safe and mindful space, is one of the most rewarding things about my working life. I love helping people broaden their outlook and gain a different perspective on whatever issues may arise for them.

There’s a special sense of shared achievement when a client suddenly sees things in a new light and begins to deal with something they’d not known how to handle before. Those moments when someone takes the first steps towards resolving an issue, using their own strengths and skills, are simply precious to me.

Discovering mindfulness

I’ve been practising mindfulness since 2011. For me, it’s like coming home; if I haven’t been able to practice for whatever reason, it feels like a relief to sit again and drop down into my true self. Mindfulness is an anchor that brings me back to my true nature and helps me keep everything in proportion.
MBLC Mindfulness Association Approved Teacher Logo
CBLC Mindfulness Association approved teacher logo
For me, discovering mindfulness came at a time when I was feeling really shattered and in need of some time for myself. I booked a mindfulness weekend at Samye Ling in Eskdalemuir. In the back of my mind, I don’t think I was expecting anything radically different from the meditation practices I’d already learnt. I was in for a surprise; by the end of the weekend, something significant had shifted for me.

Using Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman’s Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world, I committed myself to eight weeks of study to learn more. I found the book fascinating — especially the science behind what goes on in our brains when we meditate. This helped me understand many things I’d experienced in the past.

On the train one morning, I found myself wondering why no-one was passing on the benefits of mindfulness to the students I worked with at the time. On the way home that day, I asked myself “Why aren’t I using mindfulness to help my students?” I decided to work for the qualifications I needed so I could do that very thing.

I completed the MSc Studies in Mindfulness with Aberdeen University in 2017 and qualified to deliver the Mindfulness Association’s Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) and Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC) in January 2018.

I’ve seen a wide range of people benefit from learning and practising mindfulness, from professionals with pre-presentation nerves to people from many walks of life simply looking for a way to manage stress and anxiety.

Becoming a mindful mentor

I work with a meditation teacher who also mentors me as a transpersonal psychologist and adapts traditional practice to be more in tune with Western psychology from a Jungian perspective. Having experienced the healing and integrative power of this supportive mentoring relationship, I have been increasingly motivated to train to help others in a similar way.

After a year’s training, including 50 hours of supervised practice, I became a certified Transpersonal Coach in January 2022.

I’m a member of the International Association of Coaches, Therapists and Mentors and the Transpersonal Coaching & Therapy Network. In Spring 2022, I’m taking part in a first-of-its-kind Mindfulness Mentor training programme for mindfulness and meditation teachers, with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.

Transpersonal Coaching Therapy Network logo and IACTM Approved logo

A deepening mindfulness or meditation practice can sometimes result in past experiences re-surfacing. I’m particularly drawn to helping people who find integrating these experiences a challenge.

Whatever your spiritual journey, if you’d welcome a shared, safe space in which to explore what’s happening for you, read about Mindful mentoring or get in touch for a no-obligation chat.

How Reiki found me

I’ve been sharing the gentle healing of Reiki since 2001. These days, I combine simple mindfulness techniques with Reiki, to help people deepen their experience of this health-boosting, calming therapy.

As a Reiki Master, I can also teach you how to share Reiki with others.

It was on a two-week yoga holiday on one of the Greek islands that Reiki, a gentle therapy that stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself, dropped into my life. There were multiple courses on offer at the yoga venue and I was invited along to a Reiki session by the coordinator. I was hooked! I studied Reiki level 1 in the first week of my holiday and by the end of the second week had completed the Level 2 course.

I was initiated into the 2nd Degree in the Usui Method of Natural Healing by Reiki Master Mari Hall (International Association of Reiki) in August 2001. I became a Reiki Master and teacher in March 2020.

Where I work

Mentoring sessions currently take place via Zoom. When it’s safe to do so, you’ll also have the option of a cosy therapy room in Berwick, Northumberland.

One-to-one Reiki sessions will also take place in this room when conditions allow.

Sunny, private therapy room
Therapy room with comfortable chair

Mindfulness courses run on Zoom or in a light and airy studio in Berwick, depending on the number of people in the class and whether all participants are able to travel to the venue.

Large airy room with chairs set out for mindfulness courses

Weekend Reiki training courses take place at Broomhouse Academy of Change, 10 miles from Berwick upon Tweed.

Clients’ words

 

“Sue’s input and ‘relating’ has been a balm to some of my inner struggles – to feel heard, seen and understood is precious to me.” Experienced meditator, seeking help with decision making

“Sue is an extremely kind tutor with a caring compassionate manner; also very easy to talk to.” Mindfulness Based Living Course participant 

“I switched off so completely that it was a total feeling of release, pampering and contentment. I wanted it to go on and on! … “wholeness” is what I took away, together with a calm smile.” Reiki client

“If only Sue could bottle her lovely soft voice!” Mindfulness Based Living Course participant

My life in the Scottish Borders

I moved to the Scottish Borders in 2005 and particularly enjoy walking along the beautiful coastline and countryside here. Lindisfarne and Bamburgh are favourite walking places for me.

I’ve been practising yoga since my early twenties and still manage to fit in a regular class — and some practice at home when time allows! I’m also a fan of aqua fit — I love that there are classes in Kelso just 10 miles from my home.

When I’m not exercising or working, you’d probably find me with my head in a book — learning more about the science behind the therapies that fascinate me.

What else would you like to know?

Explore the website to find out about:

Or try a free Mindful moment to hear what my guided meditations sound like!

    Get in touch to arrange a free, no-obligation chat to find out:

    • How mindful mentoring works and what it can do for you,
    • How learning mindfulness can help you in your personal and private life,
    • Whether a relaxing Mindful Reiki session might be exactly what you need right now, or
    • When the next Reiki training course takes place.

    You can chat to me on the phone or via Zoom, at a time to suit you. Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Sue