caroline hoffman

Dr Caroline Hoffman (OAM, PhD, RN, BSW)

Mindfulness Trainer

Caroline is Clinical and Research Director for the national charity Breast Cancer Haven, and offers additional mindfulness training, courses and individual sessions to corporate organisations and their employees through collaboration with A Resilient Mind.

She has had a lifelong interest in health and wellbeing, starting her own practice of yoga and meditation in 1975 after being seriously ill with viral meningitis. Caroline started practicing mindfulness in 1992 and trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (“MBSR”) at the University of Massachusetts in 2004.

Caroline has taught MBSR in the charity Breast Cancer Haven to people affected by breast cancer since 2005, with these courses being available to anyone from 2007. In 2011, she taught MBSR in a research study evaluating MBSR in women with advanced breast cancer.

She has a four year degree in Social Work (including Psychology) from the University of Melbourne, is a registered nurse with a specialism in intensive care nursing (her last NHS role was as the first Nurse Consultant in Cancer Rehabilitation at the Royal Marsden Hospital) and completed her PhD in mindfulness at the University of Southampton in 2009 (with findings from her PhD evaluating MBSR in 229 women with breast cancer being published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2012).

In 2016, Caroline completed two additional mindfulness training courses in Mindfulness Approaches Teacher Supervision and as a teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion. In addition to her work at the Haven, and for A Resilient Mind, she currently offers 8-week MBSR and Mindful Self-Compassion courses as well as supporting and supervising new teachers.

Caroline has been a pioneer in practising, teaching and researching integrated medicine in the NHS and charity sector since the late 1980s and is trained to a professional level in a number of complementary therapies including acupuncture and shiatsu. In addition, she has lectured in this field, written and co-edited books and publications in peer reviewed journals, held the position of deputy editor of the international journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (“CTCP”) for 10 years, and sat on several integrated medicine advisory boards.

Caroline is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton and on the advisory board of the CTCP journal. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to breast cancer in June 2014.