Desiree Hansson

I have been teaching in the field of mindfulness-based approaches since 2005. I currently supervise and teach on the University of Exeter’s supervised pathway and postgraduate program in mindfulness-based approaches, and for the Mindfulness Network, as well as teaching on the Masters program in mindfulness-based core process psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute. Until a few years ago, I worked as a clinical psychologist in the NHS secondary mental health service, and now have a small private practice where I offer assessment, psychotherapy and supervision.


  • Referee and approved MBSR-MBCT teacher – The UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations List of Approved Teachers – 2016
  • MBSR eight-week online course – Saki Santorelli & Florence Meleo-Meyer, University of Massachusetts (2016)
  • Internship on MBSR 8-week course – Lynne Holmes, Exeter University (2013)
  • MBSR training – Rebecca Crane, Exeter University (2012)
  • Compassion-focused approaches – with Paul Gilbert & Sophie Mayhew, Nottingham & Plymouth University (2012, 2008, 2005)
  • Supervisor’s training in Mindfulness-based Approaches – with Willem Kuyken & Alison Evans, Exeter University (2009)
  • MA in Buddhist-based Psychotherapy – Middlesex University (2009)
  • Mindfulness Teacher Development Retreat (Level 1) – with Pamela Erdman, Rebecca Crane & David Elias, Bangor University (2005)

Teaching-Training Specialisms

  • MBCT for clinical settings
  • MBSR with the public

Supervision Experience

  • I’ve been supervising clinical practice, psychotherapy and research for around 25 years, and in mindfulness-based approaches since 2009.
  • I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapy supervisor and a Europe accredited EMDR consultant supervisor.
  • Over the years I’ve completed several supervision trainings and CPD courses.
  • More specifically, I’ve completed a supervisor’s training in mindfulness-based approaches with Willem Kuyken & Alison Evans, Exeter University.

Supervision Specialisms

I have particular experience supervising mindfulness-based approaches with those experiencing mental health difficulties, as well as with the general public.

Personal Practice

I have a longstanding regular personal practice, which is nourished by retreats and supervision. This is integral to my life and forms the ground for the mindfulness-based services I offer. Currently, my meditation comprises mindfulness practices, insight meditation (Vipassana) and Kum Nye (a Tibetan movement practice).

Research Activities and Interests

I have an academic background in research and postgraduate teaching with a doctorate in psychology. My current interest is in researching the transformative potential of mindful awareness in psychotherapy.

Further Information

As the secular mindfulness movement emerged in the UK following the publication of the Mindful Way, I found that mindfulness-based approaches resonated well with my personal meditation practice, way of living and working. As a consequence, I embarked on one of the first mindfulness-based teacher development trainings at Bangor and then pursued an informal supervised pathway to develop my skills and experience as a teacher and supervisor.

Whilst working in the NHS mental health services, I facilitated MBCT courses. Having now having left the service, I am focusing on teaching MBSR courses in the private sector. As part of my continuing professional development, I read widely and regularly attend a variety of courses to keep abreast of developments in this rapidly evolving field.

As a mindfulness teacher, supervisor and therapist, I see my role as helping people find their way back to the inherent state of being that enriches our everyday living and reduces our suffering.