My name is Louise and I am a children and teens mindfulness teacher.
I bring an authentic understanding of how it feels as a child to have anxiety. I had anxiety growing up and I know how lonely this can feel, how difficult it can make ordinary things and how it can seep into home and family life.
Mindfulness has supported me throughout my adult life and I only wish I had discovered it as a child.
I aim to empower children and teens to accept and love themselves for who they are. Combining this with a little knowledge and a personalised toolkit, children and young teens with anxiety can flourish, growing resilience and well-being.
Experience with children
I feel privileged to work with children as an experienced and accredited practitioner in yoga and mindfulness for children. Yoga and mindfulness brings together everything that I believe supports us to live a happy life and I am overjoyed to be able to share these practices with others. I think that all children are playful, intuitive, important and open to exploring their experiences. Every child has unique qualities to offer the world. I love spending time with them and supporting them to see their inner value.
Over many years I have put my time, enthusiasm and care into building relationships with children and working to help them feel respected, important and safe. I have extensive experience supporting the emotional and social welfare of children in different environments. For example, I have formerly worked as:
- A primary school teacher
- Preschool practitioner
- Volunteer play therapist in a primary school for years 1-6 (and have gained play therapy qualifications)
- Welfare mentor in a primary school caring for the social and emotional needs of children to support academic success
- Learning support assistant in primary schools across age groups.
I am also currently an autism practitioner for younger children in their own homes.
I am also a devoted auntie and maintain close relationships with many of the families and children that I have the pleasure to meet and work with.
Keeping children and young people safe
Client safety is paramount to me. Please rest assured that I:
- have a current and ongoing enhanced DBS certificate (full police check)
- have a child protection qualification and commit to updating this on a regular basis
- have both an ethical statement and child protection policy, which provide a framework for my practice
- also adhere to the professional conduct guidelines of the professional register of accredited teachers of mindfulness and the ethical guidelines of my training providers
- am fully insured
- have extensive experience of working with children in a variety of educational settings and being responsible for their emotional welfare
- am a fully accredited practitioner.
We can only teach from where we are ourselves and from our own practice and I am constantly developing my self-compassion and mindfulness practice. I am guided by my mentor Louise Shanagher as I now work towards my mindfulness coaching certificate (for working with adults and enhancing my ability to work with all ages) and I share knowledge and practices with other teachers.
On top of this I undergo continual professional development with workshops and courses to ensure my professional skills for working with children and teens are up-to-date, and to keep extending what I am able to bring to their lives.