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An Ecotherapist and Humanistic Psychology practitioner, I have a BSc(Hons) in Integrated Therapy and an MSc which examined the role of environment in improving health. Former lecturer at Salford, Lancaster and Manchester Metropolitan Universities and now researching the role of nature and mindfulness in the Faculty of Health and Well-Being at the University of Cumbria.
A mountain leader for over thirty years and former military medic, I continue to be involved in pre-hospital care as Casualty Care coordinator of a Lake District mountain rescue team and as a medic on adventure races. I'm also a TRiM (trauma risk management) assessor for Mountain Rescue and the Police.
I established Tao Mountain to combine these outdoor and health interests through delivering health activities in nature. See our website www.taomountain.co.uk I have (and continue to) worked with young offenders, community groups, environmental and regeneration charities and am currently working with people affected by pain and chronic illness.
I was UK delegate to the first Asia Pacific ICHPER (International Congress on Health, Physical Education and Recreation) Conference in Malaysia and am one of two UK delegates to the International Adventure Therapy Committee. I have presented at conferences in Manchester, London, Geneva and Johannesburg, including a keynote presentation at the 3rd Global Change conference .
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