Elaine, the founder of Live Mindfully Ltd has worked with clients, both on a one-to-one basis and in group settings since 2008. She is a qualified mindfulness teacher, licenced Master Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, wellbeing coach and has a Diploma in Ericksonian & Clinical Hypnotherapy. Since 2010, her work has been highly influenced by the studies and advanced trainings she has undertaken with Dr Stephen Gilligan in both the US and the UK. Dr Gilligan is highly regarded worldwide for his work in the area of self relations and psychotherapy. In 2016 Elaine sponsored Dr Gilligan to come to Scotland for the very first time and he will be returning in January 2019 to teach The Hero’s Journey.
Elaine’s own mindfulness journey began in 2007, when a very close friend and colleague died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 42. Elaine was Area Director in the corporate division of a major UK bank at the time – working long hours, living in Edinburgh and travelling to London once or twice a week. She says “My friend was working similar hours and his death had a profound effect on me as I realised that I was effectively living my life on automatic pilot. Somehow, over the years I had gone from a person who worked to live, to becoming a person who lived to work. I realised that all my plans for the things I wanted to do were scheduled for when I retired – and yet I was only 44.”
Her friend’s untimely death was a wake-up call and the catalyst to make her consider what she really wanted to do with her life. Elaine signed up for an Open University course in psychology, trained in a number of different disciplines, including Mindfulness, NLP and Hypnotherapy and moved back home to the beautiful Scottish Borders where she set up her own business dedicated to helping people manage and embrace change, thereby reducing stress and anxiety and enhancing their own sense of wellbeing.