OPAL was founded by Ray James in 1995 with the aim of promoting positive thinking
and assisting all to reach their full potential. He originally used a room within
his house as OPAL’s base and has funded the development and expansion of OPAL to
a service that now operates in both the UK and Ireland. Find
Out More About OPAL
Ray’s Work Related Background
Ray has quite a varied working background including working in health care, social
work, supported housing, counselling, business management and teaching in higher
& further adult education on a range of academic and vocational qualification courses.
For a number of years now Ray has worked as a cognitive psychotherapist specialising
in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). He also devotes much of his time
supporting the work of OPAL, travelling across Ireland and the UK promoting the benefits
of Mindfulness, and delivering courses, seminars and other such events, as well as
running Mindfulness retreats in Ireland and the UK.
Ray’s Affiliations & Qualifications
Ray is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS), the
National Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapists (NACBT) and is accredited
by the International Institute of Complimentary Therapists (IICT) to deliver IICT
His academic qualifications include a PhD in Philosophy, an MSc in Cognitive Psychotherapy,
an MA in Applied Ethics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, a Post Graduate
Certificate in Social Welfare, a BA (Hons) in Psychology and a Cert Ed in Higher
and Further Education.