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Dr Maret Dymond

Dr Maret Dymond trained as a clinical psychologist (DClinPsych) at the University of Southampton and holds a second postgraduate degree (PhD) in perinatal psychology from …Read More …

Dr Maret Dymond trained as a clinical psychologist (DClinPsych) at the University of Southampton and holds a second postgraduate degree (PhD) in perinatal psychology from the University of Reading. Maret has a long standing interest in attachment theory, the prevention of postpartum depression and support for new parents. In collaboration with midwifery colleagues in the National Health Service (NHS), she leads a project investigating the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) within the UK. She is a teacher and trainer of both MBCP and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and is the director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre’ Foundation Course in Teaching Mindfulness.

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Dr Bergljot Gjelsvik

Dr Bergljot Gjelsvik is a post-doctoral research clinical psychologist at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre having trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Oslo …Read More …

Dr Bergljot Gjelsvik is a post-doctoral research clinical psychologist at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre having trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Oslo and holds a Masters of Studies degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the University of Oxford. She gained her PhD in suicide prevention and deliberate self-harm from University of Oslo, and is currently undertaking post-doctoral research on mechanisms underlying suicidal vulnerability. Bergljot works clinically with depressed and suicidal individuals using MBCT.

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Marie Johansson

Marie Johansson is a qualified Social Worker and an experienced Mental Health practitioner, CBT Group Worker, MBCT Teacher and Trainer. As Clinical Lead at the …Read More …

Marie Johansson is a qualified Social Worker and an experienced Mental Health practitioner, CBT Group Worker, MBCT Teacher and Trainer. As Clinical Lead at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, she coordinates and manages the delivery of MBCT within the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust as well as training Trust staff. She also manages all MBCT courses delivered to the general public. Marie has a particular interest in working with people suffering from depression and anxiety and a range of mental health issues. She trains new MBCT teachers nationally and internationally, teaches on the Foundations Course and supervises MBCT students and trainees, as well as experienced teachers, mostly within psychological treatment services, both in the UK and abroad.

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Dr John Peacock

Chair, Board of Trustees

Dr John Peacock is both a Buddhist scholar and practitioner and has taught meditation for thirty years and Buddhist studies at the University of Bristol …Read More …

Dr John Peacock is both a Buddhist scholar and practitioner and has taught meditation for thirty years and Buddhist studies at the University of Bristol for ten years. Dr Peacock teaches on the Masters in MBCT at the University of Oxford. He also chairs the Board of Trustees and is an Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

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Esther Riggs

Dr Esther Riggs is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, a BABCP Accredited Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist and an experienced MBCT teacher, trainer and supervisor, with an established personal …Read More …

Dr Esther Riggs is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, a BABCP Accredited Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist and an experienced MBCT teacher, trainer and supervisor, with an established personal meditation practice. She is a tutor on both the Foundations Course and the Masters of Studies in MBCT at Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She also teaches MBCT at the University of Birmingham. She has practiced as a Psychologist in Adult Mental Health Services within the NHS and now runs her own private therapy practice, providing individual CBT and MBCT courses to the general public. Her clinical experience is in working with adults with recurrent depression and anxiety problems.

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Dr Christina Surawy

Dr Christina Surawy is a clinical psychologist and an accredited CBT therapist. She is currently Co-Director of the Masters of Studies in MBCT and involved …Read More …

Dr Christina Surawy is a clinical psychologist and an accredited CBT therapist. She is currently Co-Director of the Masters of Studies in MBCT and involved extensively in both teaching and training MBCT at the OMC and internationally. Dr Surawy was the lead therapist on a research trial exploring the benefits of MBCT for Health Anxiety and is involved in developing, teaching and training MBCT for people with long-term health conditions with the NHS.

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Professor Mark Williams

Professor Mark Williams is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and was Director of the Oxford …Read More …

Professor Mark Williams is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and was Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre until his retirement in 2013. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy and the US Association for Psychological Science.

Professor Williams, along with colleagues John Teasdale (Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto), developed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for prevention of relapse and recurrence in major depression. His research is concerned with psychological models and treatment of depression and suicidal behaviour, particularly the application of experimental cognitive psychology to understanding the processes that increase risk of suicidal behaviour in depression.


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