About Trish Bartley

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)7717 762625
Weekdays 10am - 4pm (GMT) only please

email: trish@trishbartley.co.uk


Trish Bartley has been involved in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy since the early days of its development in the UK. She was fortunate to move to North Wales just as the MBCT for Depression trial was finishing - and was involved in the early trainings of teachers in 1999. Her mindfulness-based teachers include Jon Kabat-Zinn; John Teasdale and Mark Williams.

She started teaching people with cancer in 2001, in a regional oncology department in North Wales. Over the years of this work, she developed and adapted the 8 week MBCT programme for people with cancer. 'Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer : Gently Turning Towards' was published by Wiley Blackwell in 2012, with a foreword by John Teasdale, a key mentor in this work.

A new book - 'Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer' is now available, also published by Wiley and written for people with cancer themselves.

Trish has a background in community development. She worked for many years with groups of marginalised people in the UK and South Africa facilitating their leadership, creativity, and dignity. Her first book 'Holding up the Sky: Love, Power and Learning in the Development of a Community' describes her research with local village people in a rural area of South Africa. This was published by the Woodward Trust - one of the Sainsbury charities in 2003.

Trish continues to teach MBCT programmes to people with cancer and sometimes offers one to one mindfulness-based support to people facing life threatening challenges - often via Skype. With her colleague Christina Shennan, she trains mindfulness-based teachers from many different parts of the world within specialist teacher retreats to deliver MBCT for Cancer and/or work in oncology contexts using mindfulness-based approaches.

Trish is one of the founding members of the core training team of the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University. She currently teaches on the masters programme, and trains teachers and leads retreats in the UK and abroad.

She maintains her links with rural South Africa and is on the board of Woza Moya, an HIV/Aids community support NGO in KwaZulu Natal, where she sometimes offers brief mindfulness-based practice workshops within the community with the community carers working with Woza Moya.

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