Jim Clark is the principle psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher of Mindfulness Therapies. He offers individual psychotherapy, 8-week mindfulness courses, professional consultancy, and mindfulness teacher training and supervision.
Jim Clark RNMH, BA (Hons), PGDip CBT, MSt MBCT (Oxon)
I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and a UK Network Listed Mindfulness Teacher.
My interest in mindfulness meditation started in 2000 when I began a personal enquiry into Buddhist meditation practice. After several years working in the arts and music industries, in 2003 I retrained as a mental health nurse, and went on to complete additional specialist training, including a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a Masters degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. I worked for many years at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in a wide range of clinical roles where I had the privilege to support many people through times of difficulty.
In my training to be a mindfulness teacher I followed a thorough training pathway with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and the Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. I observe the good practice guidelines for mindfulness teachers, teacher trainers, and supervisors.
Ongoing professional development
I keep my practice up to date with regular supervision and clinical training with experts in the field. I have a particular interest in mindfulness and compassion based approaches.
Selected further training:
Over 200 hours of advanced skills training courses in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and Relational Frame Theory (RFT) with Dr Dennis Tirch & Laura Silberstein-Tirch, Dr Russ Harris, Dr Eric Morris, Dr Joe Oliver, Dr Jonathan Kanter, Henry Whitfield, Dr David Gillanders, Dr Martin Wilks, Dr Louise McHugh and others .
Over 100 hours of advanced skills training workshops in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) with Professor Paul Gilbert, Dr Dennis Tirch & Dr Laura Silberstein-Tirch, Dr Korina Korina Ioannou, Dr Chris Irons, Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, and others.
In addition to completing a Masters degree in MBCT, I have completed over 500 hours of specialist mindfulness teacher training, including Mindfulness Supervision training, MBI-TAC training, and extensive retreat experience with leaders in the field from The Bodhi College, and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and the Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, including Prof Mark Williams, Dr John Teasdale and Prof Willem Kuyken and many others.
Over a decade of experience working in secondary and tertiary mental health care, including inpatient and community services, providing support to people experiencing a range of mental health difficulties, including psychosis, bipolar disorder, a range of anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, addictions, eating disorders, ADHD, and autism.
I have experience using CBT in a number of specialist mental health services, including a psychological therapies service for adults with Asperger's Syndrome, and a therapeutic community aimed at treatment resistant anxiety disorders including OCD, BDD and emetophobia.
My mindfulness experience includes delivering 28 8-week courses, including for patients, carers for mental health service users, mental healthcare staff, GPs, and the general public. I have designed and delivered specially tailored courses for adults with autism, carers, and inpatient mental health nurses. I have also taught and supervised mindfulness teachers in training in the workplace, general public settings and mental healthcare environments.
Education and qualifications
Batchelor Degree (with Honours), Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art
Diploma in Higher in Higher Education (Distinction), Mental Health Nursing, King's College London
Postgraduate Diploma (Merit), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, London South Bank University
Master's Degree (Distinction), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Oxford University
Professional registration, ethics and accreditation
I'm registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a mental health nurse, adhering to the NMC Code of Conduct.
I am fully accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), abiding by their Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
I have professional indemnity insurance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for a mindfulness course?
Please read the information about the mindfulness course here, and then when you are sure you have understood the commitments involved, you can use the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. If you have any questions before you apply, feel free to get in touch.
I cannot attend all the course dates. Can I still join the course?
It is a structured course designed as a whole programme, and not as a drop in. It is therefore strongly recommended to do the course at a time when you are confident you will be able to attend all the dates.
However, it is possible to join the course and miss a session (for a holiday for example), as long as you think you will be able to keep the home practice going in the interim, but please let us know at the time of applying if this applies to you. You will still be able to access the course materials while you are away if you have access to the internet. Please note that it is not recommended to miss the very first session.
What happens on a mindfulness course?
This is a skills training that uses mindfulness meditation to help you learn how to handle skilfully the thoughts and feelings that arise in the difficult moments of our lives. We meet weekly for 8 weeks as a group, and you are given materials to learn to meditate at home between sessions. For more information, click here. Any other questions, feel free to get in touch.
How many people are in the group?
The maximum number in the group will be 15 people.
Will I have to speak in the group?
This is a skills training, and not a group therapy, so nobody is required to say any more than they wish to. There will be plenty of opportunities during the course to ask questions and get feedback on your mindfulness practice, but it will be up to you if you would like to share.
Time is spent at the beginning of the course looking at ground rules to ensure the group is a safe space should you wish to share something. We ask all participants to sign up to an agreement of confidentiality and respect in regard to what is shared in the group.
Do I need any special clothing or equipment for the mindfulness course?
You are recommended to wear clothing that is comfortable. In some weeks we will be doing some movement practices, so it will be good to have clothes you can move easily in. In the winter months you may wish to bring warm clothing, a shawl or blanket, and some thick socks as it can feel a little cold when sitting still for long periods.
Yoga mats are available at the venue. You can bring a meditation cushion or stool if you prefer to use one for the sitting practice.
What happens after the group finishes?
As we come to the end of the course you are given a list of resources that will support your mindfulness practice, should you choose to continue with it. You will also be very welcome to join a monthly mindfulness drop in session. There is no charge for this drop in (but donations towards the cost of room hire are welcome). This is well attended by graduates of previous mindfulness courses who find it helpful to meet regularly as a group to practice together. For more information about the drop in, click here.
How can I train to be a mindfulness teacher?
If you want to teach mindfulness in the UK, you are strongly recommended to follow the good practice guidelines as outlined by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teachers, as these have been written by experts in the field to ensure quality and safety in teaching mindfulness courses.
In light of those guidelines, it must be stressed that this course by itself is not considered sufficient training to teach others. However, doing this 8-week mindfulness course can help you to achieve several important elements of the good practice guidelines. There are other things that must also be completed, including (but not limited to) undergoing a mindfulness teacher training programme or supervised training pathway, and maintaining a regular and supervised mindfulness practice over an extended period.
If you are interested in learning to teach mindfulness to others, you are strongly encouraged to read through the recommended good practice guidelines (which you can access here).
How can I find out more about individual therapy?
You can find some information about my approach to therapy here. If you have any questions, or would like to arrange an initial consultation, please get in touch. If you feel comfortable to do so, please give an indication of what issues you would like help with. Otherwise we can discuss further on the phone.
How can I find out more about Mindfulness Therapies providing teaching or supervision for me or my organisation?
I can provide mindfulness supervision, and am able to deliver a wide range of workshops and training in CBT and mindfulness based approaches to working with anxiety and mood problems, managing stress and promoting wellbeing. Please contact me with your particular requirements.