Karen Atkinson

Where I teach mindfulness: Taunton, Somerset, London, throughout the UK

Contact telephone number: 01823323206

Contact email address: info@mindfulnessuk.com

Website  www.mindfulnessuk.com

Twitter @mindfulnessuk1

Karen-Atkinson
“I would pick more daisies”
— unattributed

Mindfulness courses I teach: "Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR)", "Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for prevention of depression", "Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) - general", "8 Week mindfulness courses", "Introductory mindfulness courses", "Mindfulness in the workplace", "1:1 mindfulness courses", "Mindfulness by distance learning", "Other mindfulness-based courses"

More information and any specialisms: In the past I have specialised in seeing patients suffering with chronic pain, long-term medical conditions, anxiety and depression.

About me and my mindfulness practice: I am a Director and Co-Founder of MindfulnessUK, an independent registered training centre with a team of mindfulness teachers.

Having spent my childhood in Australia, I moved to the UK and gained a Degree in Nursing Studies and RGN in London, developing my therapeutic skills with the addition of further modalities over the years, including teaching yoga for 30 years. I have worked in multidisciplinary teams and have been offering the skills of mindfulness clinically to patients for 16 years.

I offer a very hand-on, practical approach to the application and use of mindfulness practices, skills and techniques to individuals, groups and organisations. I have a warm, intuitive, friendly and professional manner in addition to extensive clinical experience.

Where I did my mindfulness training and any relevant qualifications & experience: 

  • BSC (Hons) Integrated Nursing Studies and RGN 1988
  • Worked with a Consultant Psychologist and Pain Consultant teaching mindfulness to NHS and private patients from 2003.
  • Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher Trainer conversion course 2011
  • British Wheel of Yoga Teacher
  • Developer and Tutor of the Level 4 Certificate, “Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice”
  • Director of MindfulnessUK since 2010- an independent organisation teaching mindfulness one to one, in groups, charities, businesses and organisations
  • I have taught 50 MBSR courses to date, am a course tutor and offer supervision to other mindfulness teachers

Average costs and concessions : 
Half day workshops- £30
Retreat days- £58
MBSR courses are between £195 and £225 - concessions are available for people who have restricted incomes.
One to one mindfulness £58

Please contact me on 01823 323206 for details


Additional information about my work setting and related work

In addition to continuing this work, I now use these clinical skills to develop and teach qualifications to professionals working in healthcare, complementary therapies, coaching, teaching, allied health, HR and social work. My intention is to teach the skills and knowledge necessary to professionals, enabling them to use mindfulness and compassion with integrity and to a high standard.

I am so passionate about the need for well-qualified and experienced mindfulness teachers that MindfulnessUK developed a qualification in mindfulness and compassion specifically for professionals, “Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice”. It is regulated through the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). Its’ aim is to ensure that professionals gain the necessary depth and knowledge to teach these skills to patients, clients and students.

All our teacher trainers adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers.

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