Meet the trainers

Dr Robyn Charlton and Angus Maxwell are both health professionals with decades of experience in the NZ health system. Both Robyn and Angus have been practicing and teaching mindfulness based practices throughout their careers. It has been a personal and professional journey that continues to inform and support their daily lives.

I am Dr. Robyn Charlton of The Mind Fitness Doctor and a mother to three children. I have practiced yoga and mindfulness meditation as my own self-care for over fourteen years.

I have always been passionate about who Cares for the Carers, which lead me to become a Perinatal Psychiatrist, specialising in Mindfulness-Based Therapies and Neuroplasticity. I have worked extensively in Waitemata and Auckland DHBDs for over twenty years. 

 

My journey with Mindful Self-Compassion started when I did an 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course in 2019 as a burnt-out Psychiatrist and mother to three young children. This course helped me to learn to be kind to myself and to take the courageous and compassionate decision to change direction in my life, forming my business The Mind Fitness Doctor.

 

I trained further as a Mindful Yin Yoga teacher as well as becoming a Mindful Self Compassion meditation teacher in training.

 

I am excited to be sharing these powerful micro mind fitness practices with you that you can do in your busy lives, while you are caring for others. It is my vision to help people train in Mind Fitness similar to how they train in physical fitness, developing an individualised Mind Fitness Self-Care Plan.

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Dr Robyn Charlton BSc(Psychology)MBCHB, FRANZCP 

,Diploma Obstetrics and Gynaecology,

My first encounter with meditation and mindfulness based practice was well before my clinical training and has been a central part of my personal and psychological practice for over 20 years. I am comprehensively trained in mindfulness based therapy approaches, and a teacher in training of the Mindful Self Compassion programme. 

I have worked in community mental health and private practice for many years, gaining invaluable experience in helping others cope with a wide variety of personal, behavioural and emotional issues. 

In addition to private practice, I work in community mental health with Waitemata District Health Board, where I am the Principal Psychologist for Adult Mental Health. I am also an Honorary Academic at the University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and am the current Co-President of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP)   

Angus Maxwell MNZCCP

BA, MSc, PGDipClinPsy