Marcus Averbeck

I am a consultant systemic psychotherapist, MBCT teacher, trainer and supervisor. Since 2003 I have been working as the Head of Family Therapy in a south east London NHS trust which specialises in community health, mental health and learning disability services. In addition, I have been playing a leading role in the implementation of MBCT across the trust since 2008. I supervise individual clinicians and groups in their mindfulness-based teaching practice and offer eight-week MBCT courses to different groups: for people suffering from recurring depression, chronic pain, or anxieties; for couples; for carers or family members; and for staff. I also provide (together with colleagues) in-house teacher training for clinicians who are working towards becoming MBCT teachers.

Two days a week, I work privately as a consultant psychotherapist in Canterbury where I offer (apart from systemic psychotherapy) MBCT classes for groups, couples and individuals, as well as supervision for mindfulness-based teachers.


  • Doctorate in Psychotherapy; DPsych (London)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in the Supervision of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (London)
  • MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy (London)
  • MA in Pastoral Psychology and Theology (Frankfurt/Main & Insbruck))
  • BAHons in Philosophy (Frankfurt/Main)

Teaching-Training Specialisms

  • MBCT in clinical settings
  • MBSR for general populations
  • Implementation of MBCT in the NHS
  • MBIs for work place settings
  • Teaching school teachers as part of the MYRIAD project

Supervision Experience

  • Apart from my supervisory work within the field of systemic psychotherapy since the 1990’s, I have been supervising mindfulness-based teachers since 2011, following my teacher-training apprenticeship with Mark Williams, and supervision training with Cindy Cooper and Jody Mardula.
  • I am trained in the MBI-TAC.
  • My current supervisor is Cindy Cooper.

Personal Practice

My first experience of formal meditation practice started in my late teenage years in the early 1980’s, which can best be described as contemplative practice within in a Christian context. Almost a decade later, in 1990, I started Zen practice within a Japanese Zen tradition. In 2014, I was installed as a Zen teacher in the White Plum Asangha. I am the resident teacher at the Canterbury based Jin-Dai-Chi Zendo where we practice daily Zazen (sitting meditation) in a group, and offer longer Zen retreats.

My interest and formal training in MBCT began in 2007, born out of a combination of personal Zen practice and professional curiosity in this “new” approach. The application of mindfulness-based interventions in my work as a psychotherapist is continuously enriching my personal practice, and vice-versa.

Since 2015, I have begun to learn Tai-Chi (Nei-Gung) which I thoroughly enjoy and try to weave into my Zen and mindfulness practice.

Research Activities and Interests

  • As a systemic psychotherapist I am naturally inclined to focus on relationships in my work with clients. As such, I have been offering eight-week MBCT groups to couples where one or both partners have been suffering from depression, anxiety, or stress. I am interested in researching the specific components and outcomes of MBCT groups for couples.
  • I am also interested in the evaluation of MBCT in NHS settings.
  • I am taking part in the Randomised-Controlled-Trial of the MYRIAD Project as a mindfulness teacher.