Implementing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as mindfulness skills courses
offered as an adjunct to individual therapy: a feasibility and effectiveness study
of mixed staff and patient groups in secondary care. Kamila Hortynska, Ciara Masterson,
Lesley Connors, Lesley Geary and Richard Winspear. (2016)
Developing population based approaches to mental illness prevention in the Leeds
West population: a review of mindfulness-based, and 'taking in the good' interventions.
Hortynska, K. & Hugh-Jones, S. (2015). Report commissioned by Leeds West CCG.
MBCT as an adjunct to individual therapy within a secondary care NHS Psychology &
Psychotherapy Service (PPS)- Study of therapist perceived compatibility with psychological
Poster presentation at 'Mindfulness in Society' Conference, Bangor University Centre
for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Chester, 2015.
There is growing evidence regarding the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions
for diagnostically diverse participants (e.g. Khoury et al, 2013; Hofmann et al,
2010). However, to our knowledge there is no research investigating MBCT’s compatibility
with a range of psychotherapy treatment models. In our service, referring clinicians
maintained contact with patients after they had participated in the group (either
continuing individual therapy or providing follow-ups). We therefore had an opportunity
to examine the perceived compatibility of the MBCT course with a range of therapeutic
interventions by requesting feedback from referring clinicians.
First published in ‘Private Practice’, Winter 2014.
Because mindfulness offers a way to develop a special relationship to suffering,
it can be helpful regardless of a client’s presenting problem, argues Kamila Hortynska
Mindfulness is very much a buzzword at the moment. We hear about it from every corner
of our personal and professional lives. Children can attend ‘.b’ [dot-be] courses
at school; corporate employers offer mindfulness-based courses to their employees
Clinicians’ Journey of Becoming Mindfulness Practitioners
Doctoral Thesis - Kamila Hortynska
The University of Leeds Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences School
of Medicine - August 2011
Introduction: Growing interest in the use of mindfulness-based interventions and
increasing empirical evidence for its effectiveness suggest that more clinicians
may become interested in mindfulness. Although there are studies on clients, as yet,
there are no published studies exploring trajectories and experiences of clinicians
developing as mindfulness practitioners.
Objectives: This study aimed to explore mental health professionals’ experiences
of becoming mindfulness practitioners in order to enrich our understanding of what
facilitates and hinders development in this area.
Design: Since this was a new area of investigation, an exploratory qualitative study
was used to gain information. A method focused on generating rich accounts of participants’
experiences, seemed most suitable methodology.
In the Interview our guest Kamila Hortynska, who is a clinical psychologist and cognitive
behavioural therapist, tells us about how she discovered mindfulness, and why everyone
is doing it. As an avid reader she also gives us lots of ideas for books to read!