PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)

Teaching affiliate staff

NameJob title
Jo Gosling Teaching affiliate
Dr Desiree Hansson Teaching affiliate
Christina Feldman Teaching affiliate
Kay Octigan Teaching affiliate
Julia Wallond Teaching affiliate
Jenny Wilks Associate MBCT Therapist and Trainer
Vici Williams Teaching affiliate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman

Teaching affiliate

Christina teaches on several modules on the MBCT postgraduate training at Exeter University.  Her contribution focuses upon the Buddhist psychological foundations that underpin mindfulness based interventions.  She leads the retreats that are integral to the personal development of those involved in the programme.

Christina Feldman trained extensively in Buddhist psychology and its meditative application for many years.  She is the author numerous books, is a contributing faculty teacher at Njimegen University in the Netherlands,  She leads retreats internationally and is involved in the dialogue between classical Buddhist teachings and their application today through mindfulness based interventions.

Jo Gosling

Jo Gosling

Teaching affiliate

Jo has had over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, initially as a Macmillan nurse in cancer care then, after gaining a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1996, she specialised in Clinical Health Psychology, mostly in the field of chronic pain. She has undergone extensive mindfulness training since 2002, gaining a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy with the University of Exeter. She teaches mindfulness in the Mood Disorders Centre for people with recurrent depression.

Desiree Hansson

Dr Desiree Hansson

Teaching affiliate

Desiree Hansson is an approved teacher and supervisor on the postgraduate program, and supervised pathway in mindfulness-based approaches here at Exeter University.

She also teaches on the masters program in mindfulness-based core process psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute, and is an associate of the Mindfulness Network through which she offers courses to the public, and supervises mindfulness teachers.

Desiree is a registered clinical psychologist, and an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor, with over 25 years experience in both public, and private sectors. She has an established private practice and her particular expertise is working therapeutically with trauma.

She also has a background in university teaching and research, with a doctorate in the field of social policy and a range of publications. Her current research interests include psychotherapy process and outcome, and mindfulness-based supervision.

Kay Octigan

Kay Octigan

Teaching affiliate

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.

Julia Wallond

Julia Wallond

Teaching affiliate

Julia trained as a mindfulness teacher in mindfulness based cognitive therapy at Exeter University from 2008-2010. Since then she has had further training in MBSR at Exeter and with Bangor University (including a teacher training retreat level 2 in 2014), and the 'Peace in a Frantic World' course with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She taught pilot MBCT projects in clinical settings, and MBCT, MBSR and the 'Frantic World' course privately. Her current interests are in exploring how mindfulness can benefit health professionals, and setting up a mindfulness service in Bristol for the 'Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine'. She is a supervisor with the Mindfulness Network CIC, and has recently started teaching 'mindfulness in the workplace courses' with the CIC. Her professional background is as a medical doctor, and she still works as a GP part time. In her spare time she volunteers for her local meditation group (Bristol Insight Meditation) and is involved with some local climate change activist groups. When she can, she loves walking in the countryside and enjoying the arts.

Jenny Wilks

Jenny Wilks

Associate MBCT Therapist and Trainer

Jenny teaches on Module PSYM055 of the Diploma in Mindfulness-based Therapies and Approaches, and is a tutor and supervisor of students on both the Diploma and the Supervised Pathway in MBCT/MBSR. She also works as an MBCT therapist in the AccEPT Clinic.

Jenny is a Chartered and HPC Registered Clinical Psychologist, and specialized in clinical health psychology for much of her career. She has undergone extensive training in mindfulness-based approaches including an MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine retreat led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Level 1 and 2 teacher training retreats in MBSR & MBCT with Bangor and Oxford Universities, and intensive training and supervision at Exeter University while working as an MBCT therapist on the National Institutes for Health Research funded PREVENT trial. She has trained to teach Mindful Self-Compassion with the Center for MSC in the US.

She has been teaching MBCT & MBSR courses since 2004 for a range of groups including people diagnosed with cancer, people with recurrent depression, and classes for the general public. She also teaches on insight meditation retreats at Gaia House in Devon and has a particular interest in the interface between traditional and secular approaches to mindfulness.

Vici Williams

Vici Williams

Teaching affiliate

Vici has been offering mindfulness within the NHS since 2006. She completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Mindfulness based Approaches at Exeter University in 2010 and has subsequently been teaching MBSR and MBCT courses within the NHS and privately. This has included MBSR for NHS Therapists, MBCT for Primary Care patients, the Eating disorder service and clients of the ICMHT. Vici is also involved in offering Mindfulness to the mental health inpatient unit in Cornwall.

As well as offering mindfulness in the group setting, Vici has a special interest in the individual application of Mindfulness for those with a diagnosis of PTSD, exploring the role of compassionate awareness in healing trauma. Vici has several roles on the postgraduate training programme: teacher, supervisor to students on placement and MBI:TAC assessor.

Vici is also supervisor with the Mindfulness Network CIC. Vici has a long history of mindfulness meditation practice, having received teachings since the early 90’s and with extended periods of personal retreat under the guidance of her teacher.