Chris Cullen works as an integrative psychotherapist

About Me


I work as an integrative psychotherapist, drawing on a range of trainings in my approach to working with people.

I have master’s degrees in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy from the University of Oxford, and in Mindfulness-Based ‘Core Process’ Psychotherapy from the Karuna Institute / Middlesex University.

I have a particular interest in trauma, am a fully-qualified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a certified NARM [Neuro-Affective Relational Model] Therapist / Practitioner.

In addition to these in-depth, multi-year trainings, I’ve also done extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with WPF Therapy in London, including a Diploma in Adolescent Psychotherapy. I’ve also done substantial training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I am a Registered Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy [no. 2011166933] and commit to and follow the UKCP’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.

Other activities

In addition to working as a psychotherapist in private practice, I’m a counsellor at the University of Oxford’s Counselling Service, and am Senior Tutor on the University of Oxford’s Master of Studies course in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

I’ve been a teacher and trainer for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre since 2012, and have worked closely with Professor Mark Williams in setting up and running Oxford’s mindfulness programme for MPs, Peers, and staff in the UK Parliament. I co-founded the Mindfulness Initiative, and assisted in the creation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness.

In 2010, I was invited to set up the mindfulness programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, working closely with musicians, actors and staff members there over several years.

Since 2010, I’ve taught Insight Meditation retreats in the UK and internationally, including teaching regularly at Gaia House in Devon, the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, and as a Core Faculty member of Bodhi College. Since the covid pandemic, I’ve greatly reduced this time away teaching retreats, in order to focus primarily on psychotherapy work.

Prior to 2010, I worked in schools as a teacher of English Literature and Religious Studies. In 2007, I co-founded the Mindfulness in Schools Project while Head of Pastoral Care & Counselling at Hampton School in London.

My first degree was in Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College, Cambridge, where I was also a Choral Scholar. I continue to sing, and to love the arts more generally, as well as running, walking long-distance paths, and rewilding. Aspirations for the coming year are to finish walking the South West Coastal Path and return to Scottish reeling.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Maya Angelou