Firstly, my ‘core profession’ is an Occupational Therapist in which I have been employed in numerous mental health care settings. Following this, my first training as a psychotherapist came in the form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in which I hold a master’s degree. Added to this, I have trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I am also a qualified EMDR practitioner, also trained in Attachment-focused EMDR and EMDR for Children and Young People. I am, of course, a mindfulness teacher, qualified in MBCT-D, MBCT-L and Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World (M-FP).
I am an accredited CBT Practitioner and an accredited CBT supervisor with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). Along with this, I am an accredited EMDR Practitioner (EMDR Association UK).
I am also a listed Mindfulness Teacher with British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA) and Access MBCT. Currently, I work in a freelance capacity providing psychotherapy, clinical supervision, mindfulness-based supervision, mindfulness groups and I have a role as a Mentor to Teachers-in-Training at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT-D)- Teacher Training. Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L)- Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC)
- Mindfulness; Finding Peace in a Frantic World (M-FP)- OMC
- Mindfulness-based Supervisors Training- The Mindfulness Network
- Mindfulness-based Supervisors Training- The Mindfulness Association
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- University of Teesside
- PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- University of Teesside
- The Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression-University of Teesside
- Clinical Supervision for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- University of Teesside
Occupational Therapy (OT)
- BSc (hons) Occupational Therapy, University of Teesside
- Preparing for Clinical Practice, The Educators Role, University of Teesside
Eye, Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- EMDR Standard Training (parts 1,2,3)- EMDR Europe
- Attachment-Focused EMDR- EMDR Focus
- Child and Adolescent EMDR (part 1)- The Child Trauma Centre
- Memory Reconsolidation and The Flash-Technique- EMDR Association
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Intensively Trained- The British Isles
National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
- Mental Health Care- Level 3
- Direct care- Level 2
- Clinical and NHS settings
- General public
- Students on training programmes
- Mindfulness in a therapeutic context
- One-to-one mindfulness
Supervision is a true passion of mine; it began in the early 1990s whilst setting up and delivering a clinical supervision group for other health care assistants (my role at the time). This was on an acute mental health ward, where I also later worked as an Occupational Therapist. During my time as an occupational therapist, I have supervised numerous OT students along with a team of 5 that I managed.
Whilst working in secondary care I took the lead role in a DBT group supervision- known as ‘consult’. Added to this, I provided the community team with Structured Clinical Management in which to discuss highly complex and ‘risky’ clients. Within the team, I also provided clinical supervision for two Support, Time and Recovery Workers and a Social Work Assistant.
In my freelance role, I have provided a vast amount of supervision to CBT therapists in training within four local IAPT (Improving Access to Psychology Therapy) services. This has been for both the adult and children’s pathways. Within the charity MIND, I also supervised counsellors in training and qualified counsellors using CBT informed approaches. Added to this, I have provided CBT group supervision for Teesside University.
Currently, I deliver group clinical supervision for two qualified Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Workers (CYWP) whom I have supervised since they began training. I have several active qualified CBT therapists being supervised, supporting them to become accredited with the BABCP. Along with this, I supervise a highly experienced Art Psychotherapist, a Psychological Therapist, a trained Counsellor, a Senior Occupational Therapist/team lead and a DBT therapist.
I am a Mentor to 35 Teachers-in-training at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. I attend their training pathway during the days of teaching and provide them with 5 mentoring sessions along the way. I also provide Mindfulness-based supervision for a qualified teacher.
The cognitive aspect of my roles as an MBCT teacher, mentor and mindfulness supervisor are acknowledged and supported by the BABCP through my supervision and practitioner accreditations. I am a ‘qualified’ mindfulness-based supervisor, trained with both The Mindfulness Association and The Mindfulness Network.
For a more detailed account on my experience, both therapeutic and mindful, please feel free to check out the website listed below.
- Equality, diversity and inclusion
- The LGBTQ+ community
- Gender issues
- Queer-affirmed approaches
- Highly complex Trauma
- Dissociative Disorders
- Childhood issues
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Self-harm and life-threatening behaviours
- Drug and alcohol issues
- General population
- Adults (one to one)
- Children and Young People (one to one)
1 hour individual session -£60
½ hour individual session – £30
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I feel that it is not the length of time in years that counts, but the ‘right effort’ and the ‘right intention’. Although, I began taking mediation ‘seriously’ after my MBCT course in 2011. Prior to this, I was doing that unhelpful ‘thing’ of trying to control my thoughts, so I would often give-up as a result. My mindfulness practice is now like a dear old friend, I would be totally lost without it. However, it pulls up its own hinderances too- that I weave back into future sittings. My practice is deeply ingrained into my activities of daily living, both formally and informal. Sometimes I like to follow the guidance of a recording, Mark Williams being a personal favourite of mine. Other times, silence can be utterly refreshing and restorative. At the moment, I am enjoying Danny Pennman’s approach- Mindfulness for Creativity, it is really supportive to my mindfulness research and studies. It goes without saying that daily sittings and movements are vital to my ability to practice what I preach, and of course I attend annuals retreats to deepen my mindfulness experience.
Research Activities and Interests
I am super interested in equality, diversity and inclusion as a gay man who identifies as Queer. As part of my Doctorate in Professional Practice (DrPP) (Teesside University) I am set to explore how members of the LGBTQ+ community have experienced mainstream mindfulness-based interventions. This will form the basis of my thesis. Having passed my research proposal, I am now in the final stages of ethical release.
Trauma is a major aspect of my role and I have a deeply embedded experience of working with all forms for highly complex and complicated trauma. Therefore, I am enrolled on the full Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness programmes- led by David Treleaven.
Drug and alcohol issues are of interest to me, I have run groups for people using the 12 steps programmes.
Borderline Personality Disorder is also a key feature of my work, my MSc CBT dissertation examined this subject in relation to the those providing front-line care- titled: ‘A qualitative exploration of Borderline Personality Disorder from the perspective of the Mental Health Worker.’
‘Acute Psychiatry’ Hawkes, R., Johnstone, V. and Yarwood, L. (2008) in: Creek, J. Occupational Therapy and Mental Health, 4th Edn. Churchill Livingstone: London.