Dr Bill Paterson loves people. Family, friends and human interaction have always been important to him. His career path is unique, and it enabled Bill to experience working with young and old from nearly every walk of life.
Bill regularly works with paramedics, doctors, nurses, teachers, young people, and with police officers and veterans. He also offers 1-2-1 coaching sessions for those unable to attend groups. Training courses/workshops and 1-2-1 coaching are informed by techniques and attitudes drawn from the experience of teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Low-Intensity CBT, Mindfulness Based Living, Compassion, Solution Focused Therapy and Employability with adults and young people.
For those that teach mindfulness he is qualified to provide Supervision sessions for mindfulness teachers.
Bill is a recognised teacher on the UK Listings of Mindfulness Teachers / British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA), recognised by the Mindfulness Association as both a MBLC & CBLC teacher and Supervisor of Mindfulness Teachers. He facilitates retreats, and attends as many retreats and training opportunities as possible.
Bill is currently part of Mindful Nation Scotland, and its quest to bring mindfulness training to MSPs and staff at Holyrood Parliament. Mindful Nation Scotland was launched in the Parliament 17 September 2019. As a father of two sons, a former academic that taught Feminist theory in Scottish universities and deeply concerned with the high suicide rates amongst young men in Scotland, he completed his Initiation Weekend with the Mankind Project in November 2019. Bill is a keen supporter of mens groups, and the role mindfulness and compassion plays in these groups. He is also part of a research project studying the impact of mindfulness and compassion training on perceptions of masculinity.
Bill also works as a consultant creating content to support the mental health of young people with Allichat; a company developing Artificial Intelligence for an App.
Why contact us?
Do you often feel a sense of dis-ease at being in your day and living your life?
For example you might experience stress, anxiety, sadness, apathy, emotional outburst, exhaustion, loneliness, over thinking, feeling isolation, catastrophizing etc.
Are you looking for space to stop, notice what is actually going on and respond with appropriate action?
You are not alone. Modern life places significant demands on our time, attention and energy. We live hectic lives with competing demands and expectations that often leave us feeling exhausted, stress, anxious or with low mood.
Be Mindful Fife delivers health and well-being training courses/workshops and 1-2-1 coaching in the public, private and third sector of Scotland to provide the space in our lives to discover the barriers to living a life with space, grace, purpose and meaning.
Who are 'Be Mindful Fife'?
We provide health and well-being training courses/workshops and 1-2-1 coaching in the public, private and third sector throughout Scotland. Drawn from diverse career and professional backgrounds, all of us are trained to the highest level. The aim is to provide individuals and organisations with the education and practical resources to promote positive health and well-being and maintaining good mental health.
Training courses/workshops and 1-2-1 coaching are informed by techniques and attitudes drawn from the experience of teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Low-Intensity CBT, Compassion Based Intervention, Solution Focused Therapy and Employability with adults.
Mindfulness Quality assurance is ensured by all facilitators completing the necessary modules and retreats required for the Mindfulness Teacher Training pathway with the Mindfulness Association. This teacher training pathway is recognised and validated by the UK National Listing of Mindfulness Teachers. To meet these very high standards each of us at Be Mindful Fife are supported in our mindfulness teaching via regular supervision from NHS professionals and/or supervisors registered with BAMBA.
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
― Louise Erdrich (recipient of 2021 Pulitzer Prize)