I am the founder and CEO of Mindful Junkie, a not-for-profit organisation that empowers first responders with mindfulness strategies to be safe, healthy and emotionally regulated. I have over 15 years of experience as a mind-body teacher, educator, researcher and author.
I have a Master's Degree in Mindfulness Studies with an emphasis on first responders (law enforcement, fire services & healthcare workers), and my graduate thesis was Mindfulness and Law Enforcement, An Effective Approach to Implementing Mindfulness for First Responders.
The last seven years have been spent developing and delivering trauma sensitive mindfulness trainings, programs and workshops tailored for law enforcement, correctional, fire, EMS, healthcare and other trauma sensitive communities. I have worked with leadership teams from dozens of police, sheriff, and fire departments and am an active member of the Trauma Informed Community Network, VA. I also authored the DCJS approved Criminal Justice Mindfulness Training Curriculum, which has been used as the backbone for all my first responder mindfulness training programs – Tactical Brain Training ® - Mindfulness for First Responders. Most recently, I launched an app for mindfulness meditations, in partnership with Am Mindfulness, called the First Responder Mindfulness Journey.
I offer a variety of training, including on-site Tactical Brain Training (TBT), live web-based TBT, and a Train the Trainer for responders interested in becoming First Responder Mindfulness Instructors.