Helena Martin graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and worked initially as a violinist before postgraduate training as a person-centred counsellor. She worked as a counsellor in GP surgeries and private practice, was UKRC Registered, and Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Having engaged in various forms of meditative practice throughout her adult life, Helena concluded her counselling work in 2007 and devoted her attention to mindfulness. She trained for five years with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, receiving a Postgraduate Diploma (distinction) in Teaching Mindfulness plus Certificate of Competence in Teaching. In her fifth year at Bangor, she researched into the inner critic and self-compassion, which led to her training with Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff to teach Mindful Self-Compassion. She has taught MBSR regularly since 2010, MSC since 2016, and is engaged in an ongoing process of training and supervision. She adheres to the Ethical Guidelines for MSC Teachers and the UK Network Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness-Based Teachers.