Do you wish you knew how to manage the impact that toxic levels of chronic stress can have on your mental and physical health?
Perhaps you want your employees to experience greater levels of productivity and job satisfaction.
You may be a health professional, social worker or other professional who is eager to learn how mindfulness can contribute to your work and enhance your results.
I work with HR professionals, lawyers, managers & leadership teams, health & wellness professionals, social workers, teachers and community groups to deliver professional and credible mindfulness based stress reduction training that is world-renowned.
I first turned to mindfulness in an attempt to manage high levels of stress and overwhelm in my working life. Like everyone I have worked with, I wanted to experience peace and contentment in my life while also learning to manage high levels of stress from the demands of work.
I wanted to understand why, even though as a well-trained and competent professional who was knowledgeable and diligent at my job, I still experienced a deep sense of anxiety and suffering as I witnessed pain in the world around me. I gave generously of myself professionally, attributing my discomfort to the injustices that surrounded me. It wore me down.
Through mindfulness, I obtained greater clarity of mind and observed how I interacted in the world. My anxiety lessened and I understood the origins of my own pain and that of the people I was working with. I learned that when we begin to work with our own suffering, we are able to bring that knowledge and self-care into our professional role in a wise and clear way.
Since teaching mindfulness, I have observed there is an enormous hunger in the world right now – in our workplaces, our homes, our relationships with others and ourselves. People are hungry for a different way of living. Mindfulness provides a clear and well-worn path that has been refined and developed over centuries. In this hyper-stimulated and demanding modern world, it’s never been more needed.
Through my workplace mindfulness workshops, community courses and professional consulting services, I help people understand how to bring clearer eyes to the stressors in their life. I provide my students with the tools they need to differentiate between external stress and the stress they create for themselves. With practice, they can learn to respond from a place of wisdom rather than habitual reactions.
If you are a health professional, social worker, coach or other professional then mindfulness has much to contribute to your understanding of what it means to be human, the nature of the mind, and how to work with our own suffering and the pain of others. I welcome you to get in touch with me by email or telephone to discuss my one on one mentoring options.
Rachel is a MBSR Facilitator, professional consultant, trainer and accredited social worker who has worked with individuals, families and groups for close to 20 years. Rachel has worked in the areas of child protection, gender equity, community development, policy, education, training and professional development, and has worked in social work roles in Victoria and Western Australia, as well as internationally in Wales (UK) and Mongolia.
Rachel has trained with a number of world leaders in the areas of mindfulness, stress reduction and emotional regulation including Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Rachel is also an accredited teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance, having trained with Dr Alan Wallace, a renowned Buddhist scholar, and Dr Paul Ekman, academic, psychologist and an international expert on the field of emotions. The CEB program was developed under the guidance of H. H. Dalai Lama for secular populations.
Rachel has completed numerous silent teacher-led meditation retreats and has taught mindfulness to a range of professionals including social workers, teachers and lawyers. She also works with a number of corporate clients, including the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support.
Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Science (Hons.), Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Accredited Social Worker (Australian Association of Social Workers).