The purpose in life is to collaborate for a common cause – Gerhard Gschwandtner

Welcome to our team. These indivduals work independently as well as in collaboration with the centre in order to promote mindfulness as a therapy, a technique and as a lifestyle, supporting others in their efforts to regain as well as maintain a sense of balance and mental wellbeing. The below team are people who work as honorary volunteer advisors. Without these wonderfully dedicated individuals our work would not be possible.


Robert Gebka – Dorset Mindfulness Centre director


Robert is a Qualified MBSR Teacher with the University of California San Diego Medical School, USA (UCSD CFM). He is former Buddhist monk who lived, worked and trained for five years at the Nan Hua Zen Buddhist monastery before joining the NHS. It is during this time that he was fortunate enough to meet HH the 14th Dalai Lama. He is an accredited psychological counsellor and has completed a two year project in Mindfulness Based Interventions in an NHS psychiatric hospital with a clinical population. He is also the author Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies. Robert studied the neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness with Neuragy UK and is a registered member of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. His mindfulness work is supervised by the managing director of the UCSD CFM. Read about Robert HERE.

 Jonathan Stock – Innovation & Development Advisor

Jonathan is a mindfulness based counsellor. He is also a former Head of the English department at the London School of Management and Science. He has received training in both psychoanalysis at Middlesex Universtiy as well as in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute, Devon. Jonathan worked as a counsellor at the Nan Hua Buddhist Monastery supporting students in their academic and personal development and has also had the experience of working with young adults, supporting their emotional and psychological wellbeing. Jonathan lives in Bournemouth working as a teacher of English and also enjoys practicing Tai Chi and reading on psychology, philosophy and science. Jonathan completed the centre’s 8 Week MBSR course and is the co-designer of the Professional Mindfulness Practitioner training.


Dr. Nilda Venegas, M.D. – Clinical Advisor

Nilda Venegas

Nilda Venegas is a psychiatrist with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree as well as a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy and Analytical Psychology. Besides being a medical doctor Nilda has also trained at the Santa Barbara Institute of Consciousness Studies as a Mindfulness teacher and has a strong interest in Buddhist practice and spirituality. She now works at a psychiatric hospital in Yorkshire where she teaches emotional balance and mindfulness skills to her patients recovering from mental health difficulties. Nilda runs regular mindfulness seminars and conferences for healthcare professionals as well as Buddhist and compassion retreats in Spain. She deeply enjoys supporting others on their journey to wellbeing.


Dr Louise Baker, Ph.D. – Research Advisor

Dr Louise Baker, Ph.D.Louise has a PhD form the University of Southampton where she investigated the impact of insomnia for daytime cognitive function. She is also in her second year of Clinical Psychology Doctorate training at Exeter University with NHS placements in East Dorset. It was during this time that her interest in Mindfulness began and she completed an 8 week MBSR course which was deeply transformational. Louise has a particular passion for understanding how MBSR may be valuable for those with complaints of poor sleep/insomnia and is very pleased to be working with the Dorset Mindfulness Centre on a research project in this area in 2016.


Helena Edwards – Young Person’s Advisor

Helna EdwardsHelena is an Occupational Therapist working in the field of child and adolescent mental health, where she specialises in Sensory Integration Therapy. She is an experienced yoga, mindfulness and somatic movement teacher and has been successfully integrating these practices into her therapy work for quite some time. Helena has practiced yoga and mindfulness since her teens and is deeply dedicated to her personal practice. She is currently completing a Masters degree in Mindfulness with the University of Aberdeen. She loves working with children and young people and is especially interested in compassion-based mindfulness techniques drawing from both Tibetan Buddhist practices as well as the work of Professor Paul Gilbert and Kristen Neff.


Prof. Colm Campbell, Ph.D. – Education Advisor

Colm Campbell DMC

Colm is Professor Emeritus of Law at Ulster University with a strong interest in human rights. Widely published, he as held Senior Research Fellowships from the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, and Jesus College Oxford. Colm is serving as our Dorset Mindfulness Centre Education Officer on the Professional Mindfulness Practitioner training programme, and has recently become a nominated adviser on the National Counselling Society Mindfulness Register project. Having completed our Mindfulness for Life 8 Week MBSR/MBCT course some time ago, he practices mindfulness daily, with developing interests in mindful running, and in tech and mindfulness.


Dr. Yoann Buisson, Ph.D. – Science Advisor

Dr Yoann Buisson

Yoann is a neurophysiologist and biomedical engineer. He obtained his PhD in neurophysiology from Imperial College London. His PhD investigated functional changes in the brain associated with spinal pathology and chronic pain, and the long-term impact of treatments, such as neurosurgical intervention, upon those changes. Through his experience with chronic pain patients, who sometimes “fall through the cracks” of the NHS, he has developed an interest in how mindfulness practice can help and empower people through the personal transformations necessary to face a variety of challenging health conditions. Yoann has also also completed the 8-Week MBSR course with the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. He lives in Bournemouth with his family and enjoys kite surfing.


Deborah Howard – Health & Social Care Advisor

Deborah Howard 1 DMC

Starting out her career as a social worker Deborah has extensive mental health service leadership and management experience across the health and social care services in Dorset. Between 2012 and 2014 Deborah worked for Dorset HealthCare as the Associate Director for Community Mental Health Services and has recently taken on a wonderful new challenge as the Joint Head of Mental Health Services for Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Somerset County Council. She also has a longstanding interest in mindfulness and practices Yoga on a regular basis. She enjoyed completing the Dorset Mindfulness Centre 8-Week MBSR course and is a passionate advocate for the effectiveness of mindfulness in promoting health and wellbeing.


Linda Kinsella – Natural Health Advisor

Linda Kinsella Mindfulness meditation Bournemouth

Linda is a natural health practitioner with over 20 years experience in integrative healing. She specialises in radionics therapy and shiatsu massage as well as nutrition for mind-body health. Her interest in food as therapy has also led her to qualify as a chef. Linda has a strong interest in positive and energy psychology and enjoys supporting others on their journey to emotional wellbeing. Her creative approach empowers individuals to find a great sense of unique self-expression. She lives in Bournemouth has completed the 8-Week MBSR course with the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. She teaches her own style of mindful movement exercises called Creative-Flow.

Dr Xun He, Ph.D. – Experimental Psychology Advisor

Dr Xun He

Dr Xun is a lecturer in psychology at Bournemouth University. He has a Ph.D in biophysics from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences which explored perception and attention. He has a very strong in interest in psychology and human behaviour as well as as the underlying neural mechanisms involved in both. Xun has extensive experience both with functional brain mapping (fMRI) and intervention of brain functions (e.g., TMS), as well as extensive expertise in human brain electrophysiology, specifically the event-related potential (ERP) and steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) techniques. Recently his research has gradually oriented itself towards experimental social psychology and social neuroscience. His interest in mindfulness is beginning to emerge.


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