Sarah qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1986 and worked as an OT in mental health services and within Social Services. Sarah also trained as a counsellor.
In the mid 1990's Sarah was introduced to mindfulness and was trained by Mark Williams to teach mindfulness. She taught classes for the 'treatment as usual participants' for Segal, Williams and Teasdale Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) research, published in 2000.
Sarah trained to teach mindfulness with Mark Williams, the Center for Mindfulness, Worcester USA and an on-going process of supervision and training with a variety of experienced mindfulness teachers.
Sarah has been teaching mindfulness within mental health settings and to general population groups for more than 20 years. Sarah delivered a number of MBCT courses for clients of the Community Mental Health Team. She was a member of the team at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University from 2001 until 2017 involved in a range of mindfulness teaching and training courses
Between 2009 and 2012 she has been one of the teachers on the Staying Well after Depression research trial being carried out in collaboration with Mark Williams and colleagues at Oxford University.
She is the author of The Mindfulness Breakthrough published by Watkins publishing in April 2012, reprinted as The Mindfulness Key in 2016. She has contributed to papers published about MBCT.
Sarah has also been involved in developing curricula for adults and primary aged children in a schools setting, Paws b, ,b Foundations (through Mindfulness in Schools Project) and recently The Present, developed with Dusana Dorjee and Tabitha Sawyer, launched in 2018 in the UK.