I’m Dr Maya Campbell PhD

I have been working on bringing an integrative approach to a person’s health which utilises both modern scientific methods but also the learnings from contemplative and faith traditions.

Dr Maya Campbell is a research scientist, psychologist, mindfulness teacher and supervisor living and working in Colchester, UK. Having initially trained as a research scientist in chemistry and physics, Maya became interested in psychology and mindfulness after having experienced exhaustion and burnout, leading to years of depression and ultimately a heart attack and cardiac arrest. After having been resuscitated, and spending two months in a coma, Maya began years of personal physical and mental rehabilitation. Along this journey she became more and more interested in how people experienced mental distress and did a Masters in Psychology, thesis in addiction to tobacco and trained as a Mindfulness teacher. Maya has spent time working in the NHS first as a volunteer, then psychology assistant and recovery worker at both community alcohol services and specialist addiction units in east London.

In her work, Maya brings her professional training and expertise to her teachings as well as the lived experience of having gone through major trauma, addiction and illnesses and has flourished despite currently living with the life-threatening disease of heart failure. Maya brings kindness and compassion to her teaching and is especially interested in the teaching of self-compassion to people. The ability to bring kindness and care to the self is profoundly healing, both mentally and physically and underpins a lot of the gains individuals experience through undertaking a mindfulness course.

Maya is an experienced mindfulness teacher and supervisor and has trained to teach mindfulness courses (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) at the University of Oxford Mindfulness Center and Bangor University Mindfulness Center. In 2016 she traveled to the USA to train to teach the Mindful Self-Compassion course with the originators Kirsten Neff and Christopher Germer and is an accredited teacher of this course after having done additional advanced training in 2017. Since 2016 she has been teaching the MSC course and has mentored a number of MSC teachers in the UK.

In 2016 she co designed and developed the Heartfulness Project which brings an integrative mind-body approach to helping people live with and manage heart conditions. Along with clinical psychologist, Dr Tamara Russell, she piloted and has been running this 10-week Course Heartfulness Project in both London and Colchester in which people with heart conditions learn new skills and techniques which can help with their emotions and physical illness.

Most recently she has become interested in energy psychology and has completed a year long training to become a shamanic healer and is a level 3 Reiki master. Recognising that people are individuals, with different life experiences and beliefs, by incorporating the energy psychology, Maya addresses the transpersonal and spiritual aspects of wellbeing of an individual.

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