Jamie Shavdia

MSc (CBT), PGDip (Mindfulness - Dist), BSc (Psych), BSc (Econ), Cert.HealthSci (OU), D.Hyp, PDC.Hyp, PDCB.Hyp (Dist). 

An experienced therapist and trainer, Jamie combines several schools of thought to form his own powerful and unique style.

His work integrates cognitive, behavioural, hypno-therapeutic imagery and mindfulness-based psychology. He has a long-standing interest in human potential and works to build healthy belief structures within the mind, breaking down barriers to optimal psychological health and a richer experience of perceiving reality. He works mostly with adult clients on either a 1-1 or group therapy basis. This occurs mostly in his private practice in Colchester (Essex), however he has also worked in various other forums, including; an NHS IAPT service as a high-intensity therapist for four years; several university psychological services (eight years) and increasingly with employee development/wellness training within private organisations.


Jamie is a fully qualified and experienced therapist.


He holds an MSc in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and three advanced practitioner level diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy. He received a distinction for the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy before then progressing to complete the MSc in CBT.  Additionally he gained a distinction for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness at the University of Aberdeen in association with Samye Ling Buddhist Temple and the Mindfulness Association, building on sixteen years of Zen training.


He has extensive work experience as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at London Metropolitan University Counselling Service and also as a Mental Health Support Worker, supporting students with diagnosed mental health difficulties. He has also worked as a CBT and Mindfulness-based therapist at University College London (UCL) facilitating individual and group mindfulness therapy of his own design.

He was also a Senior High-intensity CBT/Mindfulness Therapist and clinical supervisor at Mind in Bexley (an NHS IAPT hub in Kent) for many years.

He also provides Mindfulness-based group programmes to the general public based in Highgate, North London and Colchester, Essex.


He also runs a busy private clinic in Colchester seeing clients daily on a 1-1 basis.


Jamie also holds two undergraduate degrees, namely BSc (Hons) Psychology and BSc (Hons) Business Management and Economics. He has substantial experience providing bespoke training programmes to the private and public sectors. He has also lectured for the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (in the UK and Asia) and was a senior lecturer and module leader at London Metropolitan University for the MA Integrative Counselling.


He is a long-time practicing member of the London Zen Centre as a practitioner of Zen and mindfulness, and now runs Mindfulness Meditation Groups at University College London, and previously also at London Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics. He has also gained further qualifications in Health Science and Psychology with the Open University.  

He is a regular contributor of articles for the website The Zen Gateway and is a co-founder of Zen Bites, a podcast series dedicated to the complex issue of bridging the gap between religious and secular Mindfulness.


This internet radio show also covers other modern day spiritual issues and is available on this website, The Zen Gateway, iTunes, Podcast Republic and Podcast Addict.