Mindfulness

I am a fully insured, qualified Mindfulness Now practitioner.  My training is approved by The British Psychological Society and was developed by Nick Cooke Dip. Psy. MNRPC FAPHP, an experienced therapist and the founder of the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation.

Mindfulness in the words of the world-renowed Jon Kabat-Zinn founder of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” By focusing on the breath, the idea is to cultivate attention on the body and mind, as it is, moment to moment, and so helps with pain, both physical and emotional.

Mindfulness exercises are ways of us being able to pay attention to the present moment using techniques, for example such as meditation, breathing, and yoga. It trains and helps people to become more aware of what feelings and thoughts they may have, along with bodily sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they are better equipped to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships. There is published scientific evidence that mindfulness can assist with the reduction of anxiety and depression, stress reduction, pain reduction, clarity, focus, improved relationships, along with improved confidence, self-esteem, health and well-being to name just some.  

For thousands of years, mindfulness has been part of different cultures and religions.  Its roots are firmly dated back in the past in areas such as Qi-gong/Tai Chi exercises, yoga and Buddhism in the form of focusing on breath work. Within Buddhism, yoga, and Eastern healers, it is believed that the breath is the foundation of our life force and energy — which is why many meditation practices and yoga classes include a strong focus on deep breathing techniques. 

Mindfulness can be practiced by anyone. Any person, any age, any faith or religion can practice the art of mindfulness, as it involves training the mind and doesn't enforce any religious belief system.  Whatever the person's background, it can deepen human capacity to live a more meaningful, balanced and peaceful life.

The two main approaches developed in recent years are Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), both of which are taught over a number of sessions and are completely secular in nature. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has guidelines for Mental Health Professionals to follow mindfulness courses for those with recurrent depression who want to prevent future relapses.  It is also taught and practised in schools among a range of innovative techniques with the aim of promoting good mental health.

The programme I offer is a fusion of mindfulness-based approaches including evidence based, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) on a face to face, 1-2-1 basis. During these unprecedented times, I am able to offer sessions via Skype, Zoom or other encrypted virtual platforms.  I also offer and run group sessions, as well as working in schools and corporate environments. The main programme runs as a series of one hour sessions over eight weeks, but can be more or less depending on each person's requirements/needs.  During our initial session, this would take around 90 minutes. Here, we would discuss why you have come to me, what it is you wish to improve and what you would like to achieve or get from our sessions, along with a client health questionnaire. 

I teach using different mindfulness techniques such as meditation, breath work and movement, along with others, so clients may have their very own 'tool box'. I wish to enable those who come to me with a range of techniques for use when required. This tool box will also aid clients to improve daily, the way they go about life, by doing things more mindfully and engage in the 'being' mode rather than the 'doing' mode that so many of us live in today.