Profile

Ass. Prof. Laura Ashurst

Mindfulness and meditation

25 - 30 years experience

Next availability
Monday at 10:00 AM
About Me

My career has spanned 30 years in the health and wellbeing sector. I taught in Further Education progressing to the role of senior lecturer managing a large Health and Care department in an FE College in the North-East of England. In this role, I had responsibilities for curriculum development and teaching

on health-related and complementary therapy programmes. I co-wrote and developed the first Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapy (Aromatherapy) in the North-East of England, validated by the University of Teesside.

My diagnosis of primary breast cancer aged 34, when my son was 6 months old and my daughter was 3, means that I have 20 years lived experience of the impact on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of a cancer diagnosis. For the last 13 years, I have lived with incurable secondary breast cancer. Receiving support for my mental wellbeing via mindfulness and meditation encouraged me to train in the discipline.

I am dedicated to helping improve the national landscape for people facing the challenges that a cancer diagnosis presents and in particular to helping people navigate their way through survivorship post-cancer diagnosis.

My voluntary campaigning work includes 11 years as a member of the Cancer Campaigns Team for Cancer Research UK and many years supporting the work of Breast Cancer Care which merged with Breast Cancer Now in April 2019. I am Patron of The Trinity Holistic Centre at The James Cook University Hospital where I receive cancer treatment. More recently, I have become an ambassador for the Building Resilience in Breast Cancer Centre, led by Professor Naz Derakshan.

I passionately advocate for patients to receive holistic care following a cancer diagnosis and from personal experience can testify to the benefits of mindfulness and meditation on emotional and physical wellbeing.

My one-to-one sessions incorporate bespoke and personalised mindfulness and mindfulness meditation support.

Education, Qualifications and Experience
  • Shirley Price Diploma in Aromatherapy
  • Cert Ed (Further Education)
  • Certificate in Management Studies
  • Diploma in Management Studies
  • Breathworks Accredited Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Additional information
www.lauraashurst.com
Professional Memberships

British Society for Integrative Oncology

Services & Prices

Virtual clinic | 40 £50.00

A medium-length session exploring your health goals and providing tailored advice on how to meet and achieve them. Your medical history is required. You will be asked to fill this in prior to the consultation so that your professional can prepare and tailor their care to you.

40 min

Virtual clinic | 60 £80.00

A longer in-depth session exploring your health goals and providing tailored advice on how to meet and achieve them. Your medical history is required. You will be asked to fill this in prior to the consultation so that your professional can prepare and tailor their care to you.

60 min

Virtual clinic | 20 £15.00

A short session giving educational support around a single topic. No medical history required. The information you receive will be based on the latest evidence and clinical knowledge of the professional.

20 min