The OMC offers the 8-week MBCT programme to the general public.
All teachers who teach MBCT courses at the OMC are fully trained and certified competent to teach MBCT. They adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines. They also teach in various settings locally and/or in other locations around the UK
Merran Barber is a chartered and HPCP registered Occupational Health Physiotherapist and an MBCT teacher. She completed the Foundation Course in teaching MBCT at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in July 2014 and having gained her Certificate of Competence, now teaches MBCT courses for the general public at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and in London. For many years Merran has had a special interest in stress management both inside and outside the workplace and runs regular workshops for organisations in U.K and abroad.
Dr Emma Evans is a Clinical Psychologist, MBCT Teacher and Accredited Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist. She has worked in the NHS in primary care (IAPT) for nearly 15 years, predominantly with adults experiencing emotional difficulties. In recent years she has worked with people who are living with long-term physical health problems and she is currently working as a psychologist with a hospital-based pain management team at the Churchill Hospital. She has particular interest in understanding the difficulties and needs of people living with both physical and mental health difficulties, and she is keen to understand and evidence the potential benefits of psychological therapies, including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, for this group.
Sheila Gill (BABCP, BACP, UKCP) works as a psychological therapist and a mindfulness trainer in an NHS general practice. She is an associate teacher at the OMC with a master’s degree in Mindfulness- Based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. She has worked in health care and educational settings for over fifteen years, including a number of London general practices and in The London School of Economics and Political Science. Sheila’s particular interest is the application of MBCT based ideas to promote self healing. She is co-author of a number of books on the theory and practice of therapy.
Conroy Harris works as a freelance Mindfulness Teacher and mental health trainer. He completed his MBCT training with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in 2015 when he gained his ‘Certificate of Competence to teach MBCT’. He regularly teaches on the public courses at the OMC. Conroy has a Certificate in Counselling, is an experienced Mental Health practitioner, CBT Group worker and Workshop Leader within the Oxford Mental Health community. His background is in Adult Mental Health, where, since the late 1990s, he has worked as a Mental Health advocate, a Mind Mental Health Day Centre Manager, BME Out- reach worker and Fathers Development worker. He is currently in the process of setting up ‘A Band of Brothers’ group in Oxford, supporting and mentoring young men within the Criminal Justice System. Conroy has a particular interest in working with disadvantaged and ‘hard to reach’ populations in the community. He is a member of the OMC ‘Accessibility Group’, working on ‘diversity’ issues and improving access to MBCT courses.
Clare McLusky works as a mindfulness teacher in Oxfordshire. She teaches mindfulness to people living with cancer and runs regular introductory workshops on mindfulness for the charity Breast Cancer Care at the Churchill and Horton Hospitals. She also teaches on the public courses at Oxford Mindfulness Centre and to the Oxford Student Mindfulness Society. Clare has been practicing meditation since 2006 and in 2012 graduated with a Masters in MBCT from the University of Oxford. For many years she has been interested in supporting people living with cancer through her work with the charity Yes to Life and is a volunteer on their helpline. Her background was as a qualified occupational therapist working in the NHS and Social Services focusing on group work for people with severe mental health problems. She lives in North Oxfordshire and is married with a 14-year-old son.
Tim works as a Vicar in Oxford and as a Mindfulness teacher, trained and accredited by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He teaches an 8 week course based on Mark Williams and Danny Penman’s book, ‘Mindfulness – a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world frantic world’ as well as the MBCT course at the OMC. He has been working to bring Mindfulness into the church and also teaches the course to clergy. His book ‘Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality’ will be published by SPCK in May 2016.
Kitty is a DPhil Student in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. She conducts anthropological research into the emergence of the secular mindfulness movement in the UK, and the short- and long-term experiences of mindfulness participants and teachers. She began practising mindfulness in 2009 and completed her MBCT teacher-training at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in 2015. After co-founding the Oxford Student Mindfulness Society in 2012, she now teaches mindfulness to students at Oxford University as well as to the general public. Kitty is committed to promoting academic flourishing and good mental health among students, and is a member of the Mindfulness for Students Network.
Alison Yiangou has a background in Psychology and over 40 years experience of working internationally with meditation and mindful awareness in non-clinical settings. She is trained in both MBSR and MBCT and has a particular interest in the potential of MBCT to promote flourishing and wellbeing and in broadening access to MBCT. She teaches MBCT for the general public at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and in Gloucestershire where her courses include workplace settings and bringing mindfulness to disadvantaged populations.
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