I am a clinical psychologist and work in an NHS mental health Trust in South East London. I work with adults with a range of emotional difficulties, half of the week on an acute inpatient unit and half in the secondary care community mental health teams. It is in these settings where I have been providing MBCT or MBSR groups to service users, couples and staff in the Trust since 2008. I am Joint Trust Lead for Mindfulness-based Approaches and co-facilitate an in–house teacher training pathway. I also have an Associate Teacher role with Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) and Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP).
- MBI Supervisor Training – CMRP
- Teacher Training Retreat Level 2 – CMRP
- Teacher Training Retreat Level 1 – CMRP
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Canterbury Christchurch University
- Post Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy – Kings College London
- BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Hertfordshire
- MBCT in Clinical Settings – primary and secondary care
- MBCT/MBSR for health staff
- MBCT in 1:1 clinical work
- Service implementation
I have supervised mindfulness therapists in the adult mental health and community health services in the NHS trust where I have been employed since 2011.
I have also provided supervision through the Mindfulness Network since its inception. Prior to that, mindfulness supervision was part of my role with OMC and CMRP. This has involved supervision of therapists and clinicians across a range of settings and MSc students.
- Adult mental health
- Personality Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Health professionals groups
- Couples groups
- 1:1 clinical work
- Service implementation
My personal practice developed following a Vipassana retreat in South East Asia with Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu prior to my clinical training. Finding something that had been transformative in my life having a presence in the work I was about to train in was a wonderful gift, and one I am thankful I have been able to pursue. I have maintained personal practice since this time and attend retreats where possible.
Research Activities and Interests
My clinical psychology thesis was a qualitative study of participants attending an MBCT group for cardiac rehabilitation. I have also been involved in the ASPIRE service implementation research project.
Stemming from my work in the NHS, I have a keen interest in developing the evidence base for MBCT and MBI’s, particularly for secondary care populations. This includes complex depression, personality disorder, bipolar disorder and people presenting with concurrent physical health conditions. A particular stream of interest has also been MBCT couples groups where service users attend with partners or significant others.
Griffiths K, Camic PM & Hutton JM. (2009). Participant experiences of a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group for cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Health Psychology 14(5):675-81.
Smith E, Jones F, Holtum S & Griffiths K (2014) The Process of Engaging in MBCT as a Partnership: A Grounded Theory Study. Mindfulness. 2:270-281.