Thorsten Barnhofer is Associate Professor at the Mood Disorders Centre, Department of Psychology, University of Exeter. His main focus of research is the investigation and development of mindfulness-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. He is particularly interested in the question of how mental trainings using mindfulness and other forms of meditation and how such trainings may contribute to increasing mental and physical health in the longer term. He has trained as a CBT therapist and mindfulness teacher and regularly teaches workshops and teaching retreats in the UK and internationally.
Kay qualified in 1997 with a Masters Degree in Social Work and specialised in Cognitive Behavioural group programmes in the criminal justice system for a number of years. She consulted with the Exeter and East Devon Youth Offending Team on the development and implementation of an emotional literacy programme and collaborated on publishing an animation based resource called Jakes' Story.
For the past six years she has worked as a CBT Therapist in a local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, offering individual and group based therapy to people experiencing Depression and Anxiety disorders. With a personal practice in meditation and yoga over the years, Kay trained as a mindfulness teacher as part of a supervised pathway at Exeter University in 2012 and has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in an IAPT setting since.
Kay currently teaches Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy at the Mood Disorder Centre and works as a tutor on the Mindfulness Based Application Programmes
He has worked in; Child Adolescent and Family Mental health, Adult Mental Health and Cancer Support.
Since 2010 he has been involved in the research and development of low-high intensity Mindfulness Based programmes for young people with depression and anxiety. The programmes design also invites their parents/carers to participate in parallel Minfulness Based groups.
In 2014/15 He was invited to be an expert witness for the All Party Parliamentary (Health) Mindful Nation Report UK.
He is registered on the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organizations.