Who am I?

I am an associate teacher with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) and on the UK register of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT teachers).  I completed the master’s degree in MBCT at Oxford University in 2014. I worked as a psychological therapist for over twenty years in an NHS primary care context and was also a teacher of MBCT based courses in the NHS. I have been an accredited member of the BABCP, UKCP & the BACP.  I worked as a student counsellor in the London School of Economics & Political Science for nine years. I have co-authored some books on the theory and practice of therapy.

What do I do?

Having taught both the MBCT for Depression (MBCT-D) and MBCT for Life (MBCT-L) programmes I have a special interest in encouraging those who have completed an 8-week MBCT based course and who want to sustain and deepen their practice. In this regard, I have taught the MBCT-Taking it Further (TiF) course and the Deepening-Mindfulness programme.

In 2021, I had the opportunity to be one of the teachers that delivered the TiF course for MBCT and MBSR graduates within the randomised control trial that showed the intervention produced a sustained mental health benefit (Maloney S, Montero-Marin, Kuyken W. 2024).

In 2023-24 I helped to provide a pilot four-week intervention for those who had already completed the MBCT-D programme, as part of a proposed major trial on Optimising MBCT Maintenance (the OMM Trial).  This collaboration between UCSF (Hecht R) and Oxford University (Kuyken W) is seeking NIH funding for a large-scale RCT evaluation.

As a mentor for trainee teachers, I very much enjoy sharing an individual space to process course learning and to enhance skill development.