Mindfulness for health and wellbeing

Our Vision and Values

Mindfulness for health and wellbeing is a community interest company, developed to support communities and businesses across the North East of England in accessing support for mental and physical health and wellbeing, through the teaching of mindfulness, counselling and coaching support.

Our values are

  • The provision of evidence based and ethical interventions
  • The promotion of quality, diversity and inclusivity
  • The reduction of stigma relating to mental health
  • Aligned with the NHS 6 C's (care, compassion, communication, courage, confidence and competence)

Our vision is to

  • Promote everyone's health and wellbeing
  • Support people in learning how to reduce emotional or physical stress
  • Enable mindfulness to work for everyone
  • Inspire and motivate mindful living and practice
  • Encourage parity of esteem between mental and physical health

Mindfulness Practitioners

Karen is a Counsellor and Mindfulness Practitioner, qualified to deliver the internationally acclaimed 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Having benefited from her own established mindfulness practice, she has completed a UK Mindfulness Networks approved Mindfulness Practitioner Training Programme. Karen is kind and empathetic in her approach to teaching and adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines for UK Mindfulness Teachers.

Karen Harrisskitt

Mindfulness Teacher, Counsellor and HR professional, listed with the UK Mindfulness Network of Teachers
MCIPD, BA (Hons), Student Member of BACP, Member of Association of Family Therapists, Mental Health First Aider, ASIST Suicide Prevention First Aider.

As a Mindfulness Teacher and Relationship Counsellor I have a strong belief in therapeutic practice and a real desire to help and support people through challenging and difficult times in their lives. I believe that change is constant in our lives and sometimes it can be difficult to cope with unwanted change, practicing mindfulness has helped me and can help you.

Prior to teaching mindfulness to individuals, groups and within businesses, I studied BA (Hons) Human Resource Management and Business and have worked in the private sector holding various roles and working on projects in Human Resource Management, Training and Leadership Development. In more recent years I have retrained, and developed my skills and knowledge in Counselling, Mental Health Awareness in Adults and Youths and Stress reduction and management. I am calm, caring and empathetic and have a desire to help people develop their personal practice in mindfulness, and the immense benefits this can bring.

I am experienced in facilitating learning and am listed by the UK Mindfulness Network as an approved teacher, which means I have been able to demonstrate (via an assessment process) that I meet the UK Good Practice Guidance for Mindfulness-Based Teaches i.e I am: suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and are receive supervision for my teaching. In my free time I love spending time with my family, traveling, running (mindfully of course) and walking my dog.

Approved and listed Teacher with UK Mindfulness Network

Why is this important? Listed Teachers have been able to demonstrate (via an assessment process) that they meet the UK Good Practice Guidance for Mindfulness-Based Teaches i.e they are: suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and are receiving supervision for their teaching.

Karen is an approved, fully trained mindfulness teacher, she undertakes Supervision for Mindfulness Teaching and Counselling monthly, is a member of the Mindfulness Association and the North East Mindfulness Network.

Code of Practice

The company is committed to raising public awareness of the benefits of mindfulness-based approaches, delivering mindfulness and mindfulness-based coaching programmes to the public, private and voluntary sector and individuals.

We aim to work in a safe, ethical and responsible way maintaining an active link with current research and adhering to relevant guidance on the delivery of coaching and training.

In the absence of a regulatory framework, written specifically for mindfulness practitioners, we commit to the principles and guidance set out in the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers, Good Practice Guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses and the Association for Coaching Code of Ethics and Good Practice.

We operate a set of policies and procedures designed to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of services:

  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)
  • Employers Liability Insurance
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Complaints Policy
  • Health & Safety at Work Policy and Procedure
  • Incident Reporting Policy
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults & Young People / Children Policy
  • Confidentiality Policy/Patients Consent Policy
  • GDPR Act Compliance
  • Record Keeping / Information Management Policy
  • Privacy Policy