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, their families and carers since 2008 (including working with young people with cancer), and lead mindfulness-based workshops for health professionals.
- 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
I have been engaged in mindfulness-based supervision for mindfulness-based teachers and trainees since 2013.
- 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
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.
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.
Christina’s website – https://mindfulnessprogramme.wordpress.com.