I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and have specialised in health psychology for many years. I now work freelance as a mindfulness teacher and supervisor. I teach mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for recurrent depression and contribute to training and supervision in mindfulness-based approaches at Exeter University. I have also taught mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in an oncology service and to the general public, and day and weekend retreats for people who have completed an eight-week course.
- Trained teacher of mindful self-compassion (MSC) with the Center for MSC, 2015
- Intensive training in MBCT at Exeter University as part of working as a therapist for the PREVENT Trial, 2010
- Advanced mindfulness teaching and study retreat, Bangor University, 2008
- Level 1 teacher training retreats: with Bangor University 2004 and in MCBT with Oxford University, 2005
- MBSR in mind-body medicine retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, Bangor, 2001
- M.Psychol. in clinical psychology, Liverpool University, 1981
- MBCT and MBSR in physical and mental health settings
- Mindfulness as understood in Buddhist psychology and ethics
- I have been supervising for Exeter University postgraduate training in mindfulness-based approaches since 2008, and with the Mindfulness Network since its inception.
- I also do some private supervision and mentoring, including peer supervision.
- I have had training in mindfulness-based supervision at Exeter including use of the MBI:TAC.
- I also had considerable experience in clinical supervision during my work in clinical psychology.
- MBCT for depression
- MBSR in health settings
- Supervision of trainees and of more experienced teachers
I have been practising meditation since the late 1980s, especially in the insight meditation tradition. I attend group and personal retreats regularly to support my own practice, including a recent three-month long retreat in the US. Following training with Christina Feldman, I teach retreats in Devon at Gaia House, the Barn Retreat and local meditation classes. I also have a regular yoga practice.
Research Activities and Interests
I worked as a therapist in the NIHR-funded PREVENT trial: “Preventing recurrent depression in NHS settings: comparing anti-depressants with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.”
Kuyken, W. et al (2015). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. Published Online April 21, 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62222-4.
Evans A., Crane R., Cooper L., Mardula J., Wilks J., Surawy C., Kenny M., Kuyken W., (2014) A Framework for Supervision for Mindfulness-Based Teachers: a Space for Embodied Mutual Inquiry. Mindfulness. Published online: DOI 10.1007/s12671-014-0292-4.
Nugent, P., Moss, D., Barnes, R.K. & Wilks, J. (2011) Clear(ing) space: Mindfulness-based reflective practice. Reflective Practice, 12(2): 1-13.