Kay Octigan

I am currently employed by the University of Exeter as Lead Tutor on the Postgraduate Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches Programmes. I also work as a mindfulness-based cognitive therapist and cognitive behaviour research therapist in the AccEPT clinic embedded at the university. In addition, I train, supervise and assess trainees on our IAPT mindfulness teacher training programme and Supervised Pathway.

Prior to this, I worked as a cognitive behaviour therapist in the NHS teaching MBSR to people with long-term health conditions, for stress and in recovery from anxiety disorders. I began my career as a Probation Officer specialising in CBT programmes with the National Probation Service between 1992 and 2008.


Qualifications

  • I trained as a mindfulness teacher on a supervised pathway at Exeter University (2012/3) with Willem Kuyken, Alison Evans, Christina Feldman, Jenny Wilks and Desiree Hansson
  • MA Social Work (Probation) Exeter University 1997. I wrote my thesis on working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the criminal justice system.
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (1997)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in High Intensity Therapies at Exeter University 2010 (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
  • British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists Accredited Therapist

Teaching Training Specialisms

  • Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and NHS Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches
  • MBSR for the general public and in youth offending settings
  • I have worked on a feasibility study exploring the acceptability and efficacy of MBCT for people who had not responded to CBT for depression.

Supervision Experience

I am currently providing mindfulness-based supervision to NHS therapists in mindfulness teacher training at Exeter University.

I have completed Supervision Training with Cindy Cooper and Alison Evans, and MBI:TAC training with Rebecca Crane.


Supervision Specialisms

  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction in clinical settings, and with the general public and in a youth justice setting.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Personal Practice

 I practised Transcendental Meditation from the age of eighteen and have also practised Hatha Yoga throughout my adult life. I established a daily mindfulness practice in 2011, which is supported by regular mindfulness-based supervision.

I sit MBSR/MBCT weeklong and four-day retreats at Gaia House with Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Chris Cullen, Jenny Wilkes and Akincano M Weber to nourish my practice and teaching. I participated in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness in the Criminal Justice Service in 2014.