Trained at the Royal Free Hospital, London, Dr Barbara has worked internationally, in general practice, psychiatry and public health. Whilst at medical school, she obtained a B.Sc in psychology and began a life-long enquiry into the interdependence of mind, emotion, and body.
She is a thought leader in the field of workplace wellbeing, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, leadership, presence and the science that brings all these things together.
Corporate clients include RBI, Tata Consultancy Services, Accenture, the Guardian, Metlife, GE, and McKinsey.
Her vision is healthy energised employees powering exceptional business performance. She focusses particularly on mental and emotional wellbeing in the workplace.
Bringing together her extensive knowledge, training, skills and a background in meditation, Dr Barbara created the powerful and pioneering Mind Mood Mastery programme, firmly rooted in scientific evidence. From this foundation, her corporate work has expanded to include courses, workshops, public speaking and executive coaching.
The creation of the Presence Pyramid, a simple and effective model to master the hitherto nebulous but essential quality of Presence, was a natural progression, and acts as a firm foundation for all her work, both one to one and in groups, private and corporate.
Dr. B wrote “The Mindfulness Playbook”, published by Hodder and Stoughton, and has co-authored two books, “The Kindness Habit: transforming our relationship to addictive behaviours”, and “Leading with Presence: what it is, why you need it, and how to get it”.
In the 1980’s Dr. Barbara ran courses in personal effectiveness in Europe and the USA. She helped set up a successful management consultancy firm in Sweden and began practising Zen meditation.
In the 1990’s she obtained a degree in musicology from Stockholm’s Music Academy and worked with numerous immigrant groups in Sweden, to support them in keeping alive and documenting their cultural heritage.
“It was when I became very ill myself that I learnt the most valuable lessons. I burnt out and crashed spectacularly. I spent years on anti-depressants and other medications, following a disastrous marriage to an abusive alcoholic, whilst taking care of two small children and a mother with dementia. I heard about neuroplasticity, and the ability of our thoughts and feelings to alter the function and structure of our brains. I became determined to be well and leave my past behind me.”
“I had studied Zen meditation for many years previously, and in my enduring quest to find answers to the question, “What does it take for people to be fully well, not just free from illness”, things started to fall into place. I got back to practicing mindfulness, studied the neuroscience of health, stress and emotions, and evolved a way of working with people to support them in being all that they are.
PS! What most people don’t know about Dr. B is that, as a passionate music-lover, one of her proudest accomplishments has been performing at Glastonbury three years in a row, something that earned her extra brownie points with her three, now grown up, daughters.