Christina Shennan

I am member of the core training team at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University. I work as a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher in Psychological Services in the NHS and in the oncology field, in hospice and day care settings. Mindfulness informs my 1:1 therapeutic work and I teach Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction in primary care and to the general public. I have been teaching Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer to cancer patients and carers since 2008, and lead mindfulness-based workshops for health professionals.


Qualifications

  • Mindfulness-based supervision training with Jody Mardula and Cindy Cooper, CMRP, Bangor University, 2013
  • Diploma Mindfulness-based Approaches, Bangor University, 2009
  • Breathworks Mindfulness-based Approaches Trainer Retreat, 2008
  • Advanced Certificate in CBT, University of Central Lancashire, 2007
  • Diploma in Health Care Fieldwork Supervision, 2005
  • PG Diploma in Hypnotherapy Psychotherapy, 2001

Teaching Training Specialisms

  • MBSR/MBCT teacher training
  • MBCT for cancer teacher training
  • One-to-one mindfulness

Supervision Experience

I have been engaged in mindfulness-based supervision for mindfulness-based teachers and trainees since 2013.


Supervision Specialisms

  • MBCT for Cancer
  • MBCT for the general public
  • MBCT/MBSR for common mental health difficulties in NHS and non-NHS settings
  • Mindfulness in the workplace
  • 1:1 teaching
  • Mindfulness in therapeutic contexts

Personal Practice

I have had an interest and engagement in meditation since the 1990s and a renewed daily practice since 2007. I make use of all the core practices of MBCT/MBSR and value informal mindfulness practice. I continue to develop and refresh my practice and relationship with compassion, with learning from teachers, retreats and everyday life. I have support from a regular mentor.


Research Activities and Interests

Since 2016, I have been involved as a mindfulness teacher in the MYRIAD project, University of Oxford, teaching Finding Peace in a Frantic World and MBCT for Life in schools.


Publications

Shennan, C., Payne, S. and Fenlon, D. (2011), What is the evidence for the use of mindfulness-based interventions in cancer care? A review. Psycho-Oncology, 20: 681–697. doi: 10.1002/pon.1819.


Further info

Christina’s website – https://mindfulnessprogramme.wordpress.com.