Christina Surawy

Christina Surawy

I am the training lead for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) and Co-Director of the Master of Studies in MBCT at the University of Oxford (since 2012). I have been employed by the OMC since 2008 and prior to that I worked as a clinical psychologist and cognitive therapist with a special interest in physical health.


  • I trained with the first generation of mindfulness teachers from 2002 to the present and the first Training retreat I attended was with John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Mark Williams in 2002. Since then I have worked extensively with Mark Williams and Melanie Fennell in a training role.
  • Advanced diploma in CBT (2007), Oxford Cognitive Theraphy Centre
  • MSc in Clinial Psychology (1989), Leicester University
  • PhD in clinical Psychology (1985), Cambridge University

Teaching-Training Specialisms

  • MBCT for recurrent depression and MBCT for health anxiety
  • I have also worked with people suffering from long-term physical conditions and trained others within the IAPT service of the NHS.
  • MBCT for the general public

Supervision Experience

  • Supervision of postgraduate students since 2008, whilst tutoring on the Masters programme
  • Supervision of clinical MBCT therapists within an IAPT NHS service
  • External MBCT supervision through the OMC
  • Contributed to a paper by Alison Evans outlining a framework for mindfulness-based supervision
  • Co-facilitated supervision training with Melanie Fennell and Antonia Sumbundu in 2015.
  • Facilitated a peer supervision group at the OMC (supervision of trainers)
  • I attended the supervision workshop run by the Mindfulness Network and led by Alison Evans and Cindy Cooper in 2016

Supervision Specialisms

  • MBCT supervision for the general public, chronic health difficulties, recurrent depression and health anxiety in NHS and non NHS settings

Supervision Rate

1 hour individual session – £50-£60

½ hour individual session – £25-£35

Please see our Supervision FAQs for more details on the cost of supervision.

Personal Practice

I have had a daily practice since 2002. I make use of all the practices which are core to the MBCT/MBSR curriculum, as well as using teachings from personal retreats as a guide to particular intentions I might choose. I have had support from a regular mentor for several years.

Research Activities and Interests

  • Health anxiety (main therapist on Lupina Funded trial between 2008 and 2011)
  • Currently involved in piloting an adapted version of MBCT for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Previously worked on research projects with David Clark (CBT for panic disorder) and Ann Hackmann (Imagery in social anxiety)


Surawy CJ, Stepney R, Cox T.  (1985) Does watching others smoke increase smoking? Br J Addiction, 80, 207-10.

Surawy CJ, Cox T. (1986) Smoking under conditions of relaxation: a comparison between types of smoker.  Addictive Behaviours, 11, 187-91.

Surawy C. (1986) Nutrition in the elderly.  Pharmacy Update, February.

Surawy C, Cox T. (1987) Smoking under natural conditions: a diary study. Pers Individ Diffs, 8, 33-41.

Surawy C. (1989) The relationship between knowledge and metabolic control in type I diabetic patients.  Diabetic Medicine, 6, 784-6.

Sharpe M, Mayou R, Seagroatt V, Surawy C, Warwick H, Bulstrode C, Dawber R & Lane D. (1994) Why do doctors find some patients difficult to help? Quarterly J of Medicine, 87, 187-193.

Surawy C, Hackmann A, Hawton K & Sharpe M. (1995) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A cognitive approach.  Behav. Res. Ther. Vol 33, 5, 535-544.

Sharpe M, Hawton K, Simkin S, Surawy C, Hackmann A, Klimes I, Peto T, Warell D & Seagrott V. (1995) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A randomised controlled trial.  Brit. Med. J. 312, 22-26.

Hackmann A, Clarke D, Surawy C. (1998). Seeing yourself through others eyes, a study of spontaneously occurring images in social phobia. Behav. Cog. Psychotherapy, 26, 3-12.

Silver A, Surawy C, Saunders D. (2004) Physical illness and disability. Oxford Handbook of Behavioural Experiments, Oxford University Press (OUP).

Butler G, Surawy, C. (2004) Avoidance of affect. Oxford Handbook of Behavioural Experiments. OUP.

Surawy CJ, Roberts R, Silver A.(2005)  The effect of mindfulness training on mood and measures of fatigue, activity and quality of life in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome on a hospital waiting list: a series of exploratory studies.  Behavioral and  Cognitive Psychotherapy, 33,

Sanders, D. Surawy, C., Zahl, D., Salt, H. (2010) Physical health settings. In: Oxford Guide to Surviving as a CBT Therapist. OUP

McManus, F., Surawy, C., Muse, K. (2011) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for severe health anxiety: An overview of principles and practices. HPCJ.

McManus, F., Surawy C., Muse K., & Williams JMG. (2012) A Randomized Clinical Trial of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Versus Unrestricted Services for Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Jun 18 , 2012, No Pagination Specified. doi: 10.1037/a0028782 

McManus, F, Muse, K.,  Surawy, C., Hackmann, A., Williams, J. M. G. (2014). Relating Differently to Intrusive Images: the Impact of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) on Intrusive Images in Patients with Severe Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis).   Mindfulness. ISSN Print: 1868-85274.

Surawy, C., McManus, F., Muse, K., & Williams, J. M. G. (2014). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis): Rationale, Implementation and Case Illustration. Mindfulness, 1-11.