Mindfulness Network CIC - Our Supervisors

Claire Brejcha

Claire Brejcha

I have been practicing and studying mindfulness meditation and yoga since 2003. My background is as an Occupational Therapist working within the NHS in mental health settings. In 2007, I started work at Exeter University as a mindfulness-based cognitive therapist within the AccePT clinic. It was here that I ran MBCT groups and also underwent extensive training, which included teacher training retreats and more intensive supervision as part of my role as a therapist in the PREVENT research trial. I teach both MBCT and MBSR courses, Distance Learning Courses for the CiC, as well as assessment work for both Bangor and Exeter Universities. I am a qualified yoga teacher, and teach yoga classes and workshops in North Devon, as well as teaching mindful movement on insight meditation retreats and in educational settings. I regularly attend silent retreats to support and deepen my own practice and understanding of this work.


Qualifications

  • BSc in Psychology, University College London

  • MSc Occupational Therapy, University of Brighton

  • Diploma in Yoga, Devon School of Yoga

  • Diploma in Yoga, Bill Woods, Totnes

  • Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreat, Bangor University

  • I underwent some intensive training as part of the PREVENT research trial

  • Member UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teachers



Teaching-Training Specialisms

  • MBCT in clinical and research settings particulalry for adults with a history of depression

  • MBSR for general populations

  • MBSR with individuals

  • Supervision



Supervision Experience

My work as a supervisor in MBCT/MBSR includes trainees on Masters programmes, those new to teaching and also those with more experience.



Supervision Specialisms

  • Supervision of postgraduate students

  • Supervision of students whilst on placement with myself



Personal Practice

I discovered Buddhism and mindfulness whilst living in Brighton in 2003. From there, I began practising at home and attending retreats (both in UK and India), mainly within the Zen and Insight Meditaiton traditions. Parallel to this I began to discover and practise yoga (inspired by Vanda Scaravelli) and other body-related practices, like dance and contact improvisation, all of which helped me to begin the journey of reconnecting back to my body. For many years now, my morning practice has included movement, sitting and body scan. I now have two young children who provide me with countless opportunites each day to wake up and come back to presence! I feel grateful to them and all the other wonderful supervisors and meditation teachers that I continue to work with over the years who help me deepen my practice.



Research Activities and Interests

Therapist for National Institutes for Health Research funded PREVENT trial, 'Preventing Recurrent Depression in NHS Settings: Comparing Antidepressants with Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy.'



Publications

Kuyken, W. et al (2015). Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Compared with Anti-depressant Treatment in the Prevention of Depressive Relapse or Recurrence (PREVENT): A Randomised Controlled Trial. The Lancet. Published online April 21, 2015.