Briar is a counselling psychologist, acceptance and commitment (ACT) therapist, mindfulness trainer and yoga therapist. Her work focuses on helping people build and sustain a kind and compassionate relationship with themselves, so they can grow and transform and then contribute to their community in values driven, creative ways.
Originally from Australia, Briar has been in Dubai for several years working with individuals and groups on a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. Briar started Brisbane’s first certified organic farmers market, the Northey Street Organic Market. This came out of a strong desire to build a community of like-minded individuals and connect farmers directly with families, so fresh organic food could be made affordable for all.
As a therapist, Briar’s areas of specialisation are trauma treatment (including a trauma sensitive yoga therapy approach), anxiety management through mindfulness and ACT and helping people achieve vitality and purpose through working with their bodies, minds, emotions and spirituality. She runs two eight-week Mindfulness and ACT courses (‘Mindfulness Foundations’ and ‘Deepen Your Practice’) using the mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) curriculum and drawing from the ACT body of research and neuroscience. She also facilitates the six-week ‘Embody Compassion’ course – using mindfulness practice and ACT to develop kind and healthy relationships with body, food, ageing and beauty. She also leads regular ‘open to all, pay it forward through acts of kindness’ meditation practice circles to build community, create connections, foster kindness and make ripples.