I am a Clinical Psychologist in an NHS mindfulness team in the North-East of England. I teach MBCT courses for people experiencing recurrent depression, for carers and for NHS staff. Prior to this, I established and led a mindfulness team in an Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service in the North-West of England. I also co-facilitate MBCT teacher training.
I teach an introduction to mindfulness for clinical psychology training course to medical students and have worked with 3rd year clinical psychology trainees to use mindfulness for personal and professional development.
I run the Free Mindfulness Project and a contemporary mindfulness poetry site called ‘Words to Sit With.’
- Bangor MBI-TAC & Supervision – 2015/2016
- Bangor MBCT specialist retreat – 2016
- Oxford Finding Peace in a Frantic World – 2015
- Bangor Teacher Training Retreat Level 2 – 2015
- Bangor Teacher Training Retreat Level 1 – 2015
- Lancaster Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – 2013
- MBCT Teacher Development Course – Lancashire Care – 2012
- MBCT for clinical settings
I have provided mindfulness supervision since 2016 in individual and groups formats.
- NHS staff running MBCT courses for staff or clinical populations
- Students on MBCT training programmes
I began to explore mindfulness through studying Buddhism as part of a philosophy and religion course in 2002. I have had a more formal practice since 2009 and have attended yearly retreats since 2014. My personal practice often comprises of sitting meditations with spacious awareness and some simple mindful movement, supplemented by the full range of MBCT practices when I am actively teaching a course. I also enjoy the challenge of applying mindfulness to the ever-changing landscape of parenting. I regularly listen to Dharma talks to support and stimulate my practice.
Research Activities and Interests
A Qualitative Analysis of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Stress for Health Care Workers (doctoral thesis exploring experiences 3 and 6 months after attending an MBCT course)
Impact of attending MBCT on relationships (qualitative study looking at ways in which attending a course inadvertently changes how we interact with others)
Morgan, P., Simpson, J., & Smith, A. (2015). Health Care Workers’ Experiences of Mindfulness Training: a Qualitative Review. Mindfulness 6(4), 744-758, doi:10.1007/s12671-014-0313-3.