ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Dr Amy Finlay-Jones
Amy is a therapist, researcher, and compassion teacher who is dedicated to helping others cultivate more balanced, connected, and meaningful lives through compassion and mindfulness practice. Her teaching draws on many years of personal practice and experience supporting others to overcome barriers to self-compassion and compassion for others.
Amy is a certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) facilitator and a trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher. She completed her CCT teacher training at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University under the supervision of Kelly McGonigal. She completed her MSC teacher training with Chris Germer, Kristin Neff, Michelle Becker, Steven Hickman and Beth Mulligan, through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Amy has also been fortunate to receive teaching from leaders in the field of compassion and mindfulness practice, including Pema Chodron, Tara Brach, Sakyong Mipham, Sharon Salzberg, Joan Halifax, Thupten Jinpa, Mark Williams, Chris Cullen, Ajahn Brahm, and Paul Gilbert. She is currently undertaking training to teach the Breathworks program for chronic pain, as well as the Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living program.
Amy is a skilled group facilitator and she is trained to deliver a range of mindfulness- and compassion-based therapies. She holds a Master's degree and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Amy is involved in ongoing research examining the cultivation of compassion in healthcare contexts, and the role of mindfulness and self-compassion in supporting wellbeing.
Thea is a person-centred counselor, health psychologist, and yoga teacher by training, and she is passionate about the power of Mindfulness and Self compassion to heal, and to help people to live a meaningful and satisfying life. Currently working in mental health for the NHS; as a recovery trainer and in a community team that works with homeless people, Thea is committed to supporting to find a connection to loving kindness. She is guided by her training at the Centre for Mindfulness in Bangor, the opportunities she has had to learn from many great teachers and spiritual leaders, and her own daily meditation practice. Mindfulness and the skill of self compassion are gifts that she hopes to share with as many people as she can.