I have been teaching Breathworks Mindfulness courses since 2011; predominantly in the NHS.

As an Occupational Therapist I have a particular interest in recovery focused mental health, and discovered mindfulness based approaches whilst working in this context. I currently deliver Mindfulness for Health courses to groups and individuals in my role as Senior Counsellor in an NHS Community Pain Service.

As a Breathworks Senior Trainer and Associate, I am involved in facilitating the teacher training program at residential retreat, modular, and practice course levels. I am active in the development of training and supervision processes within the Breathworks organisation in order to promote integrity, quality and consistency in our practice of teaching.


Post Graduate Diploma COT (Queen Margaret University, London) 2001
Diploma in Counselling (University of Wales, Swansea) 1997
Bsc. Hons.(2:1) Psychology with Sociology (Roehampton University, London) 1994
Teaching Specialisms

I am well experienced in teaching both Breathworks courses, and have extensive experience of delivering Mindfulness for Health courses in an NHS context with both groups and individuals experiencing chronic pain, fatigue and long term conditions since 2013.

I have trained in Mindful Self Compassion (foundation level).

I have recently completed training to teach the Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) program.

I have a working knowledge of the MBCT and MBSR programs as well as other mindfulness based therapeutic approaches used in mental healthcare.

Supervision Training and Experience

I am trained in Mindfulness Based Supervision with CMRP.

I am also trained to provide Clinical Supervision within the NHS.

I have some training in and am a member of two Peer Supervision groups.

Supervision of Breathworks trainees and Accredited Mindfulness Teachers since early 2015.

I also offer Supravision to Supervisors of mindfulness teachers.


Mindfulness and Compassion in the management of chronic pain.

Co-creating supportive systems for the ethical practice of mindfulness teaching as an emerging profession.

Promoting peace and meaningful activity through the potential of personal and social transformation.

Living an ordinary and untidy life as a working mother and carer, keeping balance as best I can.

Personal Practice

Daily mindfulness meditation practice which has developed more consistently since around 2005. Variously includes movement, mindfulness of breathing, just sitting and compassion practices. Informal practice opportunities aplenty in the unfoldment of family life. Taking time for retreat as often as possible . Dharma development in the context and communities of contemporary western Buddhism.

Further Information:

No website: please email me: [email protected]

City located: Dorchester

To request Alison Purnell as your supervisor please click on the button below.

Request Alison Purnell as your supervisor