In addition to my role as Trustee of The Mindfulness Network, I direct the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, School of Psychology, Bangor University, where I have played a leading role in developing its training and research programme since it was founded in 2001. I teach and train internationally in both Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I am also an Occupational Therapist and an integrative counsellor, and previously worked within NHS mental health services for 15 years. I have written MBCT Distinctive Features 2017, co-authored MBCT with People at Risk of Suicide, 2017, co-edited Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers, 2021, and is a Principle Fellow with the Higher Education Academy.
- Principle Fellow with the Higher Education Academy
- PhD, Bangor University
- MA, University of Wales, Bangor
- PG Diploma in Counselling, University of Wales, Bangor
- Diploma in Occupational Therapy, University of Wales, Bangor
- Certified MBSR teacher with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
- MBCT in clinical and research settings particularly for adults with a history of depression
- MBSR for general populations
Retreat Lead Experience
I have been holding residential mindfulness training events offered within the context of a retreat for many years. I am becoming increasingly interested in deepening into the retreat aspect of this work. To this end, I have been training with the Bodhi Institute to deepen my engagement with the teachings underpinning mindfulness. Over the next few years, I will continue this engagement by participating in a retreat leader training programme, and by apprenticing myself to more experienced retreat leaders.
My engagement with mindfulness practice began in my teenage years, and was supported by periods of time spent in practice contexts in India and Thailand in my early twenties. I was fortunate to be working in North Wales as an Occupational Therapist and Counsellor during the 1990’s when Mark Williams was beginning his research work on MBCT. I joined with this development and through this developed a renewed sense of mindfulness practice as a more integrated part of my life.
Over the years I have studied with many teachers within the Western Vipassana and Zen traditions. I am particularly interested in engaging with teachers who bridge between traditional Buddhist and mainstream mindfulness contexts.
Research Activities and Interests
My research focuses on the practical work of implementing mindfulness-based programmes in mainstream contexts. This includes questions related to what supports teachers to develop competence, what does competence in the context of mindfulness teaching look like, and which elements of teacher skill make the most difference to participant outcomes.
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I can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org