Meera Bahu

I am a senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (BABCP accredited) working for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. I have been facilitating mindfulness groups since 2009 and began running formal MBCT and MBSR groups after my MBCT/MBSR Teacher Training in 2011. I jointly set up the mindfulness projects in Wandsworth IAPT Service at the St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust and acted as the lead for mindfulness projects until 2017 May.

I also worked with medical students from St George’s University of London in order to educate them about the process of orientation assessment and intervention in mindfulness. I offered them an experiential understanding of mindfulness and how they could make use of this for their personal well-being as part of their SSC module.

In terms of Black Minority Ethnic work, I delivered workshops related to mindfulness to people from different communities and I have creatively adapted CBT and mindfulness to work with refugees and asylum seekers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and low mood.

My aim in designing these projects has been to develop the highest-quality course and materials in order to give participants an authentic experience of mindfulness, delivered with integrity.


 Qualifications

  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision LC & CTA
  • Certificate in Children and war – Trauma, war disaster trainer, Children and War Foundation, London, UK
  • Certificate in RECC (Race equality and cultural capability) Accredited RECC Trainer, Ferns Associates and St Georges Mental Health Trust, Springfield University Hospital
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, University of Royal Holloway
  • MSc in Therapeutic Counselling/Psychotherapy, University of Greenwich.
  • BSc in Psychology, University of Luton

Teaching Training Specialisms

  • MBCT/MBSR teacher training- Level 3
  • MBCT for Life teacher training ( MYRID Project)
  • Mindfulness Teacher Training (Long-Term conditions, Breath works)
  • Adapted MBCT for Refugees and Asylum seekers

Supervision Experience

My Masters in Therapeutic Counselling/Psychotherapy is integrative and promoted experiential learning and relational clinical practice. This course gave me the opportunity to: follow individual theoretical, professional and research interests; determine how to integrate theory and practice; evaluate my practice clinical and supervision practice in the light of different theoretical perspectives (psychoanalytical, humanistic/existential, CBT); and study one theoretical approach to an advanced level (person-centred). I worked as a psychotherapist/counsellor for seven years in various organisations and supervised counselling trainees prior to joining the NHS.

In terms of supervision, I completed an integrative clinical supervision diploma (2010) and a certificate in psychological well-being practitioners CBT supervision in 2013. I have experience supervising both STEP-2 and STEP-3 clinicians within the NHS’ Improving access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

After completing mindfulness-specific supervision training at University of Banger in 2015, I supervise and train high-intensity CBT therapists (both group and individual) who deliver mindfulness courses and STEP-2 practitioners who act as supportive colleagues in delivering mindfulness. I also offer private mindfulness supervision via Skype.

I receive supervision, supravision and attend peer supervision with my colleagues from other IAPT services. I also attend silent retreats annually.


Personal Practice

In terms of personal practice, I have a regular meditation practice and I have been meditating over the past 20 years. I also follow the teacher training Good Practice Guidelines and this means that I take part in personal practices every day, monthly drop-ins, annual silent retreats and on-going supervision and supravision support. I would like to highlight that I understand ethics and professional practice in the context of a range of contextual factors. In addition, I have an Eastern spiritual background, which gives importance in cultivating a non-harming attitude towards self and all living beings.


Research Activities and Interests

Research experience             

  • BSc Psychology Research project (2002), Researching into the effect of Nicotine in cognitive performance, University of Bedfordshire, London
  • MSc Counselling/Psychotherapy (2005) Trauma and Traumatic Stress, University of Greenwich, London

Educational and research grants held

  • Donald J Cohen Fellowship (2014). Fellowship awarded by International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP).

Congresses and symposia

  • British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Conference, Co-Production: A Culturally Adapted CBT Group for Tamil refugees and asylum seekers in South West London, Bahu, J (2017)
  • Mindfulness Conference, Springfield University Hospital, Importance of Self-Compassion in Chronic pain/Long-term conditions, Bahu, M.J (2016)
  • University of Kings College, Medical Professionals Conference – Adapting mindfulness to suit the needs of the patients, Bahu, M.J (2014)
  • British Psychological Society, Clinical Psychology – Holistic Faculty. Working with Trauma, Community and Healing. Working with Tamil refugees and asylum seekers using creative visualisations and compassionate meditations, Bahu, M.J (2014)
  • British Psychological Society, Clinical Psychology – Holistic Faculty. Working with trauma and traumatic stress, Creative adaptation of CBT to work refugees and asylum seekers, Bahu, M.J (2013)

Posters

  • NHS England Mental Health Crisis Care Summit’ (2016), Bahu M.J. Manashanthy (Inner Peace), A culturally adapted CBT group for Tamil people in South West London
  • 21st World Congress of International Association for Child and Adolescents Psychiatry and Allied Professions (2014), Bahu M.J. Cultural Adaptation of CBT to work with traumatised children in war affected areas in Sri Lanka.