About Mindfulness Auckland

Sue Dykes | Director Mindfulness Auckland / Course Facilitator
Registered Clinical Psychologist MSc Dip.Clin.Psych Member NZ Psychological Society

I have been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist for over 30 years. I began incorporating Mindfulness Based Interventions into my practice in the late 1990's, firstly with Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) – a Mindfulness Based therapy, within a Community Mental Health setting, and later a residential group DBT Programme at an ADHB service.


My personal practice of mindfulness has been since 2003. I have undertaken a number of intensive MBSR trainings with Jim Carmody, and in 2009 with Jon Kabat-Zinn and 

Saki Santorilli from the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, USA.


In 2013 I trained with MBSR trainers Timothea Goddard  from Open Ground, Australia, and Bob Stahl, from the USA.


In 2007 I began co-facilitating MBSR courses with Dianne May, developing and offering other Mindfulness Programmes and establishing Mindfulness Auckland, originally with Dianne.


Since then I have offered Mindfulness training to various groups including:  University of Auckland Clinical Psychology Doctorate programme, and  Mental Health and related Teams. I also taught

 an MBSR Programme for the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation over a four year period.


I work in Private Practice as a Senior Clinical Psychologist offering therapy, consultation and supervision. I offer EMDR trauma treatment as part of my practice.


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Barbara Draper - Course Facilitator
Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch)

I have been a Yoga practitioner for over 35 years, which has provided balance and well-being throughout my life.  This has developed over many years into a deep interest in the body-mind connection and a formative interest in the research surrounding the neuroscience and plasticity of the brain's ability to be shaped towards greater well-being and peace. 

After spending 25 years as a Practicing Architect and experienced professional, the last decade has seen a natural weaving together of 

my body-centred awareness practices, such as Ashtanga Yoga and more recently in Yin Yoga, with my deepending knowledge and practice of Mindfulness Meditation practices, to support myself in dealing with the pressures of daily life, stress, grief and my own mental well-being.

Over the last 5 years I have trained to become a Mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute Australia and New Zealand (MTIANZ) through the accredited Training Pathway and have participated in 8 week courses in MBSR, MBCT and Self-Compassion.

I have undertaken the following training:

  • Auckland Buddhist Centre meditation course (2011) providing instruction in two meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana.

  • Began training with Mindfulness Training Institute Australia (MTIA) 2014

  • Mindfulness Training Institute Australia (MTIA) Teacher Development Intensive in August 2015 (Bowral NSW) and completed the Level 1 training in December 2015 and am currently completeing Level 2

  • MTIANZ Teacher Pathway Weekend, November 2017

  • Attended 7-day Silent Retreat with Bob Stahl and Jan Landry, May 2016

  • Attending 7-day Silent Retreat with Bob Stahl and Jan Landry, April 2018

  • Certified to teach Yin Yoga classes (2018): Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training 1

       Yin Yoga is an ancient yoga form of prevention from dis-ease and injury, to keep ones body             and mind in balance.

In 2016, I began teaching MBSR courses and have been co-teaching MBSR and MBCT 8-week courses with Sue Dykes at Mindfulness Auckland since February 2017 and it has given me great joy to become a part of the planning and management team there.

I am deeply committed to teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), with fidelity to the model that has been researched for more than 30 years, from a connection to my own deep practice experience and passionate about supporting people in dealing with the pressures of life through Mindfulness-based practices.

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Nadav Avny - Course Facilitator
New Zealand Psychologists Board #90-04410
Co-DirectorMindfulness Training Institute: Australia & New Zealandhttps://www.mtia.org.au
MA (Hons) Clinical Psychology
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (ADIP)UK Council for Psychotherapy registered Psychotherapist (UKCP reg.) #07159199

Nadav's clinical psychology training was psychodynamic. He also completed training in Integrative Psychotherapy (focusing on Gestalt and Existential Psychotherapy) and is a UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered psychotherapist. He provides psychological therapy to individuals, families and groups.


Nadav works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit of Auckland District Health Board (ADHB). He initiated and leads over the past 8 years a mindfulness project that involves a sustainable implementation of mindfulness at ADHB Mental Health Services, including a Mindfulness Implementation Steering Group, Mindfulness Championing Group (working group) and he supervises staff who completed the MBSR programme at ADHB with him and are continuing to train as Mindfulness Based Programme teachers.

Nadav is Co Director of the Mindfulness Training Institute: Australia & New Zealand. He is an approved supervisor for people on the training pathway.

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”


Buddhist Quote


Sue, Barbara and Nadav engage regularly in professional development, on-going peer supervision with Open Ground Australia and attend regular meditation retreats.


"We are committed to sharing the benefits of MBSR with others upholding the intentions and integrity of the MBSR approach"


MBSR - an Evidence-Based Course


In 2015 Time Magazine referred to the current popularity of mindfulness as a  'Mindful Revolution'. The evidence for the benefits of mindfulness is growing with over 500 scientific studies being published in scientific journals each year.  However, this current popularity can present a problem - with terms like 'McMindfulness' being used for bite size, convenient (but often untested) mindfulness.  The recent Mindful Nation report states 'very short meditations may have immediate effects, but it is likely not the metacognitive and perspective shifting benefits that underlie more profound change'. 


Seemingly everyone is offering Mindfulness - how can you be sure of what you are getting?


The recent Mindful Nation parliamentary report in the UK http://www.themindfulnessinitiative.org.uk/images/reports/Mindfulness-APPG-Report_Mindful-Nation- UK_Oct2015.pfd  reviewed the existing evidence for the mindfulness based interventions and called for more mindfulness training in Health, Justice, Education and the Workplace.  However, the report warned against the spread of unevaluated programmes and pressure to develop courses ahead of the ability to properly train teachers. The report expressed concern about the integrity of teaching being offered in some cases: 'There is considerable and justified concern about the quality of teachers and how to ensure integrity'.


Here at Mindfulness Auckland all our teachers  work within strict standards of ethical practice.  On top of existing professional trainings we all have extensive training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), have supervision and ongoing personal mindfulness practice.  All our teachers work within the newly drawn up international teaching assessment criteria.(http://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/documents/MBI-TACmay2102.pdf)


Our teachers work within new international standards 


The publicised benefits of mindfulness which include reductions in stress, depression and anxiety, neurological changes, better sleep etc are predominantly based on MBSR or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - a standardised 8 week programme delivered by fully trained teachers.  All our courses are MBSR or MBCT based. As qualified healthcare professionals, scientifically researched, evidence based interventions are very important to us. When we deviate from the standard  we evaluate and ensure efficacy and outcomes.  We are happy to discuss these with you if you are interested.