Evolve Mindfulness (CIC) was established in 2020 by educational psychologist and mindfulness teacher Laura Howard. At Evolve Mindfulness our vision is to help create a world where everyone has the psychological skills to cope with the challenges of life; to know the workings of their minds and to have compassion and empathy for the workings of others. In addition to the evidence-based courses and workshops we run, we are also able to provide bespoke programmes and workshops to schools, businesses, charities and other work place settings. We are also pleased to offer cognitive assessments for young people that allow them to understand themselves as thinkers and learners; allowing them to know their own minds.
Laura Howard (BSc, MEd, PGCE, PGDip) – Psychologist & Mindfulness Teacher
Having completed her degree in psychology, Laura went on to become a qualified teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). She worked for a number of years in various settings, including in schools for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Laura then went on to qualify as an Educational Psychologist and worked as an HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) registered psychologist supporting young people, families and schools, before setting up her own psychology practice. Over the years Laura has woven more and more evidence-based mindfulness interventions into her work with excellent outcomes for her clients. Laura has completed a post-graduate diploma in Mindfulness-based Psychological Approaches from the University of Exeter. She is now a BAMBA (British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches) registered mindfulness teacher. Laura believes whole heartedly in the approaches that she teaches and in their ability to help nurture a deeper understanding and awareness. Laura lives in Penryn in Cornwall with her husband, three children and an array of animals. She loves singing, riding, wild swimming and sailing amongst other things. Laura teaches many of the mindfulness courses offered by Evolve Mindfulness, including the courses for schools.
What are Mindfulness-based Approaches?
Mindfulness-based approaches (MBA’s) are a beautiful collision of modern psychology with ancient wisdom. They mobilise our human capacity to heal and thrive whilst honouring our individual differences. MBA’s see all humans as whole and complete, just as they are. Rather than trying to change or fix a person they gently work to allow each individual to practice getting to know themselves – to cultivate a new relationship with themselves that is infused with kindness, compassion and judgement-free. From this evolved relationship we can truly start to flourish and thrive in this complex journey called ‘life’.
MBA’s are secular and have had a place in the western world for over 40 years. They have been used successfully to support people living with a variety of mental and physical challenges including stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain. More recently MBA’s have evolved to provide guidance with parenting, education and other work place settings as well as with young people and the specific challenges that they face in the twenty first century.
MBA’s are distinct from stand-alone mindfulness sessions and/or courses in that they are evidence based and have received rigorous academic scrutiny from the Universities of Oxford, Exeter and Bangor. To that end MBA’s are recognised by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Mindfulness-based programmes are also offered by the NHS.