About Us

Mindfulness In Essex was launched in late 2015 by five Essex based mindfulness teachers: 


Steph HairStephanie Hair has been teaching Mindfulness since 2005, primarily in the NHS, delivering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to people suffering recurrent mental health problems. She gained an MSc. in Mindfulness-Based Approaches in Health Care at Bangor University in 2007.During the final dissertation she worked closely with Professor Paul Chadwick (King’s College, London) conducting a Randomised Control Trial utilising Mindfulness for people suffering from distressing voices and paranoia which was later published (under her work name Stephanie Hughes.) http://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/documents/StephanieHughes.pdf

Having been instrumental in setting up a Mindfulness service within secondary mental health services in the Southend area, Stephanie has now retired from her job as a Community Psychiatric Nurse. She continues to offer support in a supervisory capacity and is keen to find ways of offering Mindfulness within the Southend area especially to those people who would be otherwise unable to access it. Stephanie runs a monthly Meditation group, primarily for people who have undertaken meditation or Mindfulness training.


Mike Elliott trained to teach the MBSR and MBCT courses to the general public with Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. Previously, he trained with Smart Foundations in Brighton.

His twenty-one years of personal practice has supported his career as a successful games developer. The same practices that grounded him through intense deadlines, long development cycles and an industry that is in continual change, he now sees helping his group participants to manage their own stress levels, return to work and gain a renewed sense of optimism.

Mike also teaches drop-in classes each week, and runs Yoga and Mindfulness retreats in Spain, Portugal and the UK with his partner, Yvonne.
He teaches workshops in Mindfulness and Creativity and uses mindfulness techniques in his regular Public Speaking “From Fear to Fun!” workshops.



Adrian WrightAdrian Wright previously worked as a finance event manager in the City of London and then as an English teacher and manager in schools and colleges. He has now left full-time teaching to offer mindfulness training through his company www.nimisa.co.uk. He discovered mindfulness meditation in 2008 while recovering from a period of ill health. Since then, he has deepened his practice through Zen meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Interpersonal Meditation. Adrian’s training includes:
Bangor University: Mindfulness Based Teacher Training (to deliver MBSR),  Oxford University: Delivering Mindfulness in Non-clinical Settings,
Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP): the curriculum for teachers and for students (11-18), Mindfulness at Work: ‘Mindfulness is Now’ programme,
Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindful Parenting.

Adrian also runs retreats and workshops.



Pat Elliott

Pat Elliott trained to teach the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course
with London Meditation and Bangor University Mindfulness Centre. Pat is now listed on the
UK Mindfulness Teachers’ Website as meeting all of the standards required for effective
teaching and she continues to teach the MBSR in Leigh-on- Sea. Over the last two years Pat
has also successfully trained to teach the Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living course,
which is available to participants who have already taken part in an MBSR or MBCT

Pat is also trained to teach the Mindfulness in Schools Programme for secondary
age pupils and she offers one-to- one awareness coaching to adults who are interested in
learning mindfulness skills to enhance their lives.




Alicia Hegarty, RMN/UKCP has  over thirty years Mental Health and NHS experience, twenty five of which are directly within the field of Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision and Training and since 2009 as Director of Psychotherapy and Service Development for www.angloeuropeanclinic.co.uk.

She provided Clinical Supervision for NHS staff and was the departmental Lead for Training. She also provided external supervision and reflective practice for a local not for profit charity.
Over the past 5 years she expanded her skill base further by training with Bangor University in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.

She currently provides both Introductory level and the full MBCT eight week courses for both staff and clients at South Essex Partnership University NHS Trust. She is also a member of the Trust Steering Group for Mindfulness Based Provision and provide consultation in this area.

She offers one to one Mindfulness CBT or Stress Reduction privately through the clinic.