Dr. Joan Williams (PhD)

Please watch my video for more information about me and my work: https://youtu.be/BopKZNyX6qU


Until further notice, all mentoring / coaching sessions with me will be on-line, via Zoom, or over the phone. Zoom is the most secure on-line platform for confidential conversations and is being used by many professionals.

During this very challenging time many people may find helpful a trusting and confidential relationship with a mentor / coach. Someone to listen, empathise, guide and be with you through this period of prolonged adjustments to life with the threat of COVID-19.

I can offer you Mentoring with mindfulness and compassion, to develop your inner resources for coping. Working with me will help you to manage your life minute by minute, day by day and month by month.

Contact me via e-mail at jbwill22@btinternet.com to discuss what I can offer you.

Since 1978, I have been working in the field of education as a qualified teacher, mentor, coach, tutor supervisor and administrator. I completed my PhD in 2010, and between 2010 and 2017, I tutored, mentored and supervised individuals undertaking postgraduate degrees. The pastoral care of students and staff alike made up a significant part of my work. I engaged with individuals within dynamic, empathetic and safe working relationships using reflexive and reflective practices, counselling skills, mindfulness, mindful self-compassion and creative writing.

I have recently retired from higher education and work in private practice as a mentor/coach and mindful self-compassion facilitator. I mindfully support and facilitate individuals’ professional and personal development as they move towards achieving their chosen goals. Helping those I work with to manage and maintain well-being through challenging life experiences is integral to this process.

The developmental mentoring/coaching relationship is a rich and empowering learning experience that develops a reflective, mindful and self-compassionate approach to life which can reduce the effects of anxiety, panic attacks, burnout, depression and stress in daily life. This form of developmental mentoring with mindful self-compassion is for anyone.

Compassion for self and others, loving kindness, and a sense of common humanity underpin the work I do. We are all learners in life who struggle from time to time. Reaching out for one-to-one mentoring/coaching support can, from time to time, be just what you need and is a respectful and self-compassionate act.

As someone with extensive experience in education for life, I have come to believe that I must engage with, and introduce clients to, tools which facilitate introspection, awaken and develop awareness of self in relation with others in society, and enhance ability to befriend uncertainty and suffering. I am influenced by Michael Oakeshott’s work and like he, I wish that we all as learners of life, perceive teachers [mentors, coaches, therapists] as fellow learners walking alongside us. I embrace education for life as an adventure into ‘unchartered oceans of ideas’ filled with uncertainty without need or worry for a destination; converse with others; explore; ask questions and discover; take risks; make mistakes and move on (Fuller, M. 1989).


Certificate in Education:                                University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. (Qualified teacher status)

B.Ed. (Hons) in Physical Education:           University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Master of Arts:                                                  Leeds University, UK.

Doctor of Philosophy                                      University of Brighton, Brighton, UK

Thesis entitled: The Mentor/Mentee relationship in Physical Education Initial Teacher Training.

Mindful self-compassion teacher training              The Centre for Mindful Self-compassion USA and UK

Other Professional Development:

ASA Certificate in Counselling Skills

Professional Tennis Coach United States Professional Tennis Registry

Developmental mentoring with Dr. Gillie Bolton

RAIN: The Nourishing Art of Mindful Inquiry Certificate

Learning to be Mindful course

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Certificate

Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training


1997 – 2017:  Senior lecturer University of Brighton: teacher trainer, mentor trainer, teacher, tutor, mentor and supervisor.

2018 – present: Mentor/coach and mindful self-compassion facilitator.


1 hour One to one mentoring/coaching: £50

1 hour mindful self-compassion: £50

30 minutes one to one mentoring/coaching: £25

Small group weekly 90 minutes mindful self-compassion in clusters of 6 sessions: £180

Mindful self-compassion 8-week course [9 x 2 hr. 45min/3hr sessions over 8 weeks] £235


Posted on

3rd June 2019