'You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf'
Maggie (Masters Couple Therapy, BSW, MA) is a Couple Therapist and Mental Health Social Worker, registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers. She runs a private counselling practice specialising in couples, based in Castlemaine, Victoria.
Maggie and Nik Welsh will also be offering another nourishing weekend together in beautiful Hepburn Springs on the theme of Rest and Restore in September 7-9th, 2018.
Maggie specialises in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and taught this 8-week program in Melbourne for Openground, Australia's leading mindfulness body, from 2010-2017. She now teaches it regularly in Castlemaine or Bendigo. She is also qualified to teach: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety (MBCT); Rick Hanson's Positive Neuroplasticity Training; Mindful Self Compassion; Circle of Security Parenting Training; and Finding Peace in a Frantic World. In 2016 she trained with Brené Brown and team to become a certified Daring Way and Rising Strong facilitator.
Maggie has spent almost 30 years working in Mental Health Social Work. She was based in Oncology and Palliative Care in 2006 when she discovered the life-changing mindfulness work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. From her first 10-day silent retreat in 1994, she already knew the power of meditation, but the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program provided a way of more fully integrating mindfulness into her personal and professional life. After training with Kabat-Zinn & others, she was invited in 2010 to teach for Openground, Australia’s leading Mindfulness Training body, and has led one or more groups each school term ever since. In recent years, Maggie also completed a Masters Degree in Relationship & Couple Therapy.
Maggie now divides her working time between counselling couples in her Private Practice in Castlemaine, and teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and other 8-week programs in Hawthorn and the Bendigo area. She also provides professional clinical supervision to counsellors & mindfulness teachers around Australia (via Skype), lectures annually at Swinburne University in the Masters of Counselling stream, & provides mindfulness workshops, trainings and retreats. She is one of a handful of Australian Mindfulness teachers approved by Rick Hanson to teach his Positive Neuro-plasticity Training course, and recently also became accredited to teach Brene Browns’ The Daring Way and Rising Strong Programs.
Maggie is passionate about mindfulness and the related neuro-science that suggests that – because our tricky mammal brains are hardwired for survival, not ease – we need to both understand and actually “practice” what it is that helps us live fully and well. Mindful awareness and new experiences - in mind, body & heart – fire new neural pathways, that lead to the brain changes needed to support us in living the lives we want to lead.
"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally", that is with curiousity, kindness and allowing things to be as they are.
- Jon Kabat Zinn