SERENA
MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONER
SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER SUPPORT

DIAGNOSED SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER & IMMEDIATE FAMILY ADHD

LOCATION: HP9

Serena is passionate about helping clients get the most out of life through the practice of mindfulness.

Serena was often called ‘overly sensitive’ during her childhood. Right through to adulthood she knew she experienced the senses differently to others and couldn’t work out why some sounds, noises and touch affected her so strongly.

Having several close family members with ADHD hyperactivity and an abundance of energy, highlighted how severely she reacted to certain situations and she sought therapy in an attempt to understand herself.

Finally, Serena got her answer. She was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder – SPD – in 2020.

This revelation and the understanding it brought Serena, ignited a strong desire to help others, particularly those who feel misunderstood or marginalised, like she had felt.

When Serena lost sensation in her legs for a year during her 20s, causing walking to be difficult and at times impossible, in desperation she turned to alternative therapies including acupuncture, massage and Reiki. All these she felt helped her and she spent the next fifteen years studying and training in different holistic therapies.

Serena became a certified ITEC Level 3 Massage Therapist, specialising in deep tissue massage and Indian Head Massage. She also qualified as a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner.

Serena is a certified Mental Health First Aider and Mindfulness-Based-Living-Course [MBLC] Teacher.

In 2021, Serena was awarded an MSc in Studies of Mindfulness with Distinction from the University of Aberdeen. Her final thesis was heavily influenced by her experience of SPD.

Serena researched into the experiences of mindfulness practitioners when practising in different spaces/environments, which included exploring individual differences in sensory awareness and sensory needs in addition to the interrelation between mind, body and environment.

Serena is passionate about helping clients with ADHD, ASD and SPD. With direct family members experiencing ADHD and ASD and Serena herself having SPD, Serena has first hand knowledge of the wide variety of different challenges that neurodiverse individuals face. Through the practice of mindfulness, Serena tailors practices to help individuals to self-regulate and find balance in their lives.

 

Qualifications

  • MSc Studies in Mindfulness, Distinction, University of Aberdeen 2021
  • BMus Music, 1st Class Degree, University of Surrey 2009
  • Mental Health First Aider 2019
  • Mental Health First Aid England 2019
  • ITEC Level 3 Massage Therapy 2015
  • ITEC Level 3 Indian Head Massage 2015
  • Reiki Level 2 2014

 

CPD

  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness & Wisdom
  • Mindfulness & Polyvagal Theory
  • Mindfulness & Childhood Trauma
  • Mindfulness & Trauma Healing
  • Self Regulation, Sensory Processing and Mindfulness
  • Meditation and Going Beyond Mindfulness: A Secular Perspective

 

SERENA

MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONER
SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER SUPPORT

DIAGNOSED SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER
IMMEDIATE FAMILY ADHD

LOCATION: HP9

Serena is passionate about helping clients get the most out of life through the practice of mindfulness.

Serena was often called ‘overly sensitive’ during her childhood. Right through to adulthood she knew she experienced the senses differently to others and couldn’t work out why some sounds, noises and touch affected her so strongly.

Having several close family members with ADHD hyperactivity and an abundance of energy, highlighted how severely she reacted to certain situations and she sought therapy in an attempt to understand herself.

Finally, Serena got her answer. She was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder – SPD – in 2020.

This revelation and the understanding it brought Serena, ignited a strong desire to help others, particularly those who feel misunderstood or marginalised, like she had felt.

When Serena lost sensation in her legs for a year during her 20s, causing walking to be difficult and at times impossible, in desperation she turned to alternative therapies including acupuncture, massage and Reiki. All these she felt helped her and she spent the next fifteen years studying and training in different holistic therapies.

Serena became a certified ITEC Level 3 Massage Therapist, specialising in deep tissue massage and Indian Head Massage. She also qualified as a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner.

Serena is a certified Mental Health First Aider and Mindfulness-Based-Living-Course [MBLC] Teacher.

In 2021, Serena was awarded an MSc in Studies of Mindfulness with Distinction from the University of Aberdeen. Her final thesis was heavily influenced by her experience of SPD.

Serena researched into the experiences of mindfulness practitioners when practising in different spaces/environments, which included exploring individual differences in sensory awareness and sensory needs in addition to the interrelation between mind, body and environment.

Serena is passionate about helping clients with ADHD, ASD and SPD. With direct family members experiencing ADHD and ASD and Serena herself having SPD, Serena has first hand knowledge of the wide variety of different challenges that neurodiverse individuals face. Through the practice of mindfulness, Serena tailors practices to help individuals to self-regulate and find balance in their lives.

 

Qualifications

  • MSc Studies in Mindfulness, Distinction, University of Aberdeen 2021
  • BMus Music, 1st Class Degree, University of Surrey 2009
  • Mental Health First Aider 2019
  • Mental Health First Aid England 2019
  • ITEC Level 3 Massage Therapy 2015
  • ITEC Level 3 Indian Head Massage 2015
  • Reiki Level 2 2014

CPD

  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness & Wisdom
  • Mindfulness & Polyvagal Theory
  • Mindfulness & Childhood Trauma
  • Mindfulness & Trauma Healing
  • Self Regulation, Sensory Processing and Mindfulness
  • Meditation and Going Beyond Mindfulness: A Secular Perspective