About Us

Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI) is a company which focuses on the application of mindfulness awareness to address various stress-related conditions. The website is designed to be a resource for past participants of MBIs and people interested in mindfulness. For additional questions or queries, please make contact.

The focus of the MBI programmes is not on treating any specific diagnostic problem, but on learning more adaptive ways of dealing with stress generally. MBIs are oriented toward what is ‘right’ with people rather than toward what is ‘wrong’ with them and aims to nurture and strengthen innate capacities for relaxation, awareness, insight, and behaviour change.

Matthew Roy Watkin
M.A. Clin. Psych. (Rhodes)
P.R. 0234176
Registered with the Health Professions Council of S.A.

Matthew Watkin is a registered clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher. Since 2006 he has worked as a psychotherapist in private practise. His practise focuses primarily on individual psychotherapy with adolescents and adults with stress, anxiety and mood dysregulation. He is also involved in training groups in the public and private sectors using mindfulness-based approaches.

His Masters thesis explored the factors underpinning change in people practising mindfulness. After graduation, in 2003, he completed an internship in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.

Since his return to South Africa in 2004 he has facilitated the standard 8 –week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) programs for stress, mood and anxiety disorders.

He is a director and founding member of the South African Institute for Mindfulness (IMISA). His primary interests include the application of mindfulness in mood and anxiety disorders, stress management, emotion regulation and performance.

“Although assumed to be subject to our conscious control, most of the time our minds shuttle endlessly between the past and the future. Little time is actually spent living in the present. Yet, our capacity to effectively handle stress, to make informed decisions, and to access previously untapped resources and apply them in challenging, fast-paced business situations all rely on our capacity to be present. Quite literally, only when we are in the present can we optimise our capacity to consciously respond to situations rather than simply react, bring greater concentration and focus to work, and to monitor our level of stress and take effective steps to address it.”

Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts