About Dr. B
Trained at the Royal Free Hospital, London, Dr Barbara is a medical doctor with a background in 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. Later in life, she trained as a professional actor.
She is a thought leader in the field of psychological wellbeing, emotional intelligence, mental health and the art and science that brings all these things together.
Corporate clients include RSG, WPP, NFU, NHS Lothian, the Guardian, DEFRA, Randstad, FieldFisher, and McKinsey.
Blending 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.
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 realised that all my life I’d taken care of others but had no idea what that meant for me personally. I started a slow, steady journey of recovery.
“I had studied Zen meditation for many years previously, and in my enduring quest to find answers to the question, “How do we find peace on the inside and with each other”, things started to fall into place. I got back to practicing mindfulness, studied the neuroscience of health, stress and emotions, and trained in Five Elements Acupuncture. My work as an actor allowed me to further explore what it means to be human from an artistic and creative perspective.”
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.