Like most people, I have had my share of hardship. The difficulties I have encountered in life made me curious about one essential question: how can we move from a position of struggle, tension and inhibition to a place of openness, wellbeing and contentment? It has been my life’s passion to discover answers to this query and to share my experience and insight with those who ask themselves the same.
I grew up in a small village in the Czech Republic and in my 20s I spent time living and working in the US and France. Bristol has been my home since 2005, and in 2009 I completed my counselling training at the University of West of England. Since then I have worked in various settings, including mental health charities, the NHS mental health services, and private counselling practice.
My long-term interest in meditation (over 20 years of practice) led me to become a trainer in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Alongside offering counselling, I am active as an Associate Supervisor and assessor at the Exeter University Mindfulness Programme, and in my spare time sit on the committee of a small UK charity.