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Who We Are


Dr Maret Dymond-Basset

Clinical & Coaching Psychologist,
Mindfulness, Compassion & Somatic Practitioner

​Hi, I'm Maret and the founder/director of New Forest Mindfulness. My professional training is in clinical psychology and, over the last 20+ years, I have increasingly specialised in working with professionals and organisations. I am passionate about how we enable individuals and organisations to live into their potential, becoming an ever increasing force for good in the the world.

I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Southampton (DClinPsych), undergraduate (BA Hons) & postgraduate research doctorate (PhD) degrees in psychology from the University of Reading, as well as  an Inner MBA qualification, a  conscious business mastery programme, created by LinkedIn, SoundsTrue & Wisdom 2.0. The Inner MBA gave me the opportunity to enhance my skills and knowledge in working with teams and organisations, skills that I continue to use everyday in my current work leading a staff-psychology service within a UK NHS acute healthcare service. 

I have practiced mindfulness and compassion based approaches personally for well over 20 years, later immersing myself professionally in the field of awareness based practice after I qualified as a Dialectical Behavioural Therapist (DBT) in 2005 and as a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher in 2007. My British Psychological Society (BPS) approved coaching training was gained through the UK School of Coaching Psychology and I am also currently finishing a 120 hour advanced training in Somatic Mind-Body Coaching through the USA Embody Lab. 

In 2011 I was fortunate to begin working for The Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, leading a project  with Professor Mark Williams and a team of midwives introducing Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP) into the UK. I subsequently worked as a Tutor for the University of Oxford's Masters in MBCT, for the Department of Continuing Education and developed the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation's non-academic mindfulness (MBCT) teacher- training pathway. Prior to all this I led postgraduate education programmes for healthcare professionals from within the Department of Nursing in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

As well as mindfulness, compassion and embodiment practices, in my coaching and psychological clinical supervision work, I also draw upon a wide range of other psychological models. I have have been fortunate to gain extensive experience and training in several over the years, including Cognitive-Behavioural, Dialectical-Behavioural, Attachment / Systemic and Cognitive-Analytical based approaches. 

I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a visiting academic at the University of Southampton, UK, an Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing, University of Wisconsin-Madison and a faculty member for the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation, (MBPF), California.

I am married with two children and live in the New Forest. I enjoy being in nature, walking, swimming, reading, learning to paddle board (falling off mainly!) and spending time with the many like-minded people around me personally and professionally who inspire me to keep offering what I believe in.

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