MY PERSONAL JOURNEY:
"At 23, after completing my studies at UCT, I travelled to London to find work and stumbled into the world of Media and Marketing. I returned home and for the next few years, worked for various leading newspapers titles in South Africa, including Independent Newspapers and finally at Sunday Times, as a Regional Manager and then Retail Account Manager. Along the way I completed my Marketing Management Diploma at Varsity College in 2004. My last client portfolio included managing large retail corporate accounts, with total annual revenue exceeding 60 million rand. I was very diligent and excelled in my field and regularly achieved the targets set. I was however, always aware of another voice whispering to me. I have always been fascinated by the insights gained working in the corporate system and witnessing how decision-making happens. I witnessed first hand, over the years, how many employees struggle with stress and fear.
Mandy Johnson (082 568 4806)
Mandy Johnson is the founder of Introspect Coaching & Facilitation, which offers various Mindfulness-Based Interventions geared towards transformation and insight. She is a Mindfulness-Based Coach, Supervisor & Facilitator with an undergraduate degree from UCT in Industrial Psychology and Sociology. Mandy completed her Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Coaching) through Sacap (South African College in Applied Psychology) in 2011. She is credentialled as a Master Practitioner (CMP) Coach, which requires 250 hours training and over 2000 hours of coaching. She is registered with the Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA). She is also registered with HeartMath South Africa, as a HeartMath Coach, specialising in training biofeedback tools to enhance stress recovery and self-regulation, focusing specifically on heart rate variability. Mandy has completed additional trainings in Emotional Intelligence through the EQ Institute in 2004 and completed an internship in Shadow Therapy with Evan Klisser, the Founder of the EQ institute. She has completed the Nancy Kline Thinking Partners training with Trish Lord and Depth Facilitation with Helene Smit. She attended training in Non Violent Communication and has worked as a Biofeedback technician assisting a Psychologist with Neurofeedback training. in 2019, Mandy qualified as an Accredited Enneagram Practitioner.
Mandy is in long term recovery from co-dependency and offers a personal approach and compassionate understanding. She has an established daily meditation practice and has attended various retreats. She formed Introspect Coaching after developing an interest in Spirituality and Depth Process Work. The Intergral approach, espoused by Ken Wilber, has informed her own Mindful Insight Coaching Model, as has Contemplative Neuroscience. This brought her to the Secular Mindfulness Programme, which was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. She has also attended various Mindfulness Trainings over the past 17 years. She served as a Director at the South African Institute for Mindfulness (IMISA) for 3 years resigning in 2017 to make more space for teaching. Whilst a Director, she was part of the committee responsible for the Standards of MBI Teachers portfolio. Mandy was part of the organizing committee for the Mindfulness Matters Neuroscience Conference held in Stellenbosch at the end of 2014. She attended the last IMISA conference at Maropeng, and met David Treleaven, Ronda McGee and Mark Williams. She has attended various trainings through Mindfulness Africa over the past five years, which is based on the Aberdeen University Masters Training set up by Rob Nairn through the Mindfulness Association UK. She has completed her Post Graduate Certification in Mindfulness-Based Interventions at Stellenbosch University through the Faculty of Medicine. Mandy is a supervisor on the Stellenbosch University programme and is now offering supervision for mindfulness teachers.
Until 2018, her main focus was facilitating various recovery groups and consulting from her office in Seapoint. She ran Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, which assists individuals in early recovery to avoid the negative thinking spirals associated with relapse and works towards the development of skills to increase resilience and cognitive flexibility. She runs a Mindfulness Based Family Programme to assist the family members of the addicted. She also teaches 3 cycles a year of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Dr Danielle Klemp in Claremont. (www.mbsr-south.co.za). Currently, Mandy is running a brand new offering, an 8 week Feeling Tone Course, under the supervision of Professor Mark Williams, Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She is also focused on Trauma informed Mindfulness and Race Awareness. Mandy runs a monthly Race Affinity Group online, following the work of Ruth King, who wrote Mindful of Race. Mandy is currently venturing into a new offering. “The Exploration and Application of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Mindfulness and Social Justice in a South African Context.”