Are you curious about Mindfulness and its benefits?
I have created this website to offer insight into the benefits of Mindfulness, based on Mindfulness based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and the developing Mindfulness based approaches.
Since I started training in Mindfulness based approaches back in August 2010, the mindfulness world has exploded! There has been an amazing amount of research and evidence of efficacy.
1) I am a registered member of The Mental Health Foundations, Mindfulness teachers network listed on BeMindful.co.uk
2) I have been trained in Mindfulness MBSR & MBCT. Just finalising my MBCP training at Oxford Mindfulness Centre. I am an experienced teacher. I have been teaching the 8wk program, weekly, for over 3 years, along with 2 years previous experience.
3) I have experience facilitating and running workplace, creative workshops and community Mindfulness workshops for over 3 years and longer in Stress Reduction workshops.
4) I have over 30 years experience in meditation.
5) I am an integrative, humanistic psychotherapist, trained in Transactional Analysis, NLP, CBT, CBH, and offer psychological support if and when needed. I abide by the codes of conduct and ethics of the BACP and UKATA and support a safe learning environment.
6) I abide by the Mindfulness Teachers Network codes of ethics, supervision, cpd and level of retreats. I have a passion for Mindfulness and its empowerment and continue to train in Mindfulness interventions
“Mindfulness is the willingness and capacity to be equally present with all events and experiences with discernment, curiosity and kindness.” (writes Christina Feldman).
Mindfulness is best enjoyed moment by moment, with awareness as a daily practice.
Mindfulness is not paying attention, but paying attention differently and more wisely and kindly – with the whole mind and heart, using the full resources of the body and the senses.
When mindfully meditating, we can notice and observe our narrow band autopilot thinking habits, emotions and behaviours. We can pause, reconnect with the present moment de-clutter our chaotic chatty mind and expand to broadband to allow choice and creativity to emerge.
I would like to explain the difference between Mindfulness and the evidence based teachings of Mindfulness based approaches, MBSR & MBCT:
Mindful attitudes, awareness and meditation can be practiced in everyday activities, gardening, dancing, Yoga, tai chi, qi gong, brushing teeth, showering, drinking tea. Mindfulness approaches are taught normally in groups or 1-2-1 in such a way as you become aware of your nature, what you can change and what you cannot.
To experience and cultivate our skills in Mindfulness based approaches we benefit from the practical experience of guided workshops practicing at home between workshops, sharing our experience of meditative practice and inquiry, (a cognitive and somatic processing). We develop the words for our experience, notice and become aware of the tone and nature of our thoughts, emotions, body sensations. We cultivate a friendly, curious, compassionate approach among the other mindfulness attitudes. We notice that we feel more calm, yet we are not striving for calm. It happens naturally. The group process support you. Group discussions on difficulties, theory etc are encouraged based on the experience of the meditation. The group practices none judgmental, caring, confidential and kind attention. We learn from each others human condition. The workshops are not therapy and run on safe guidelines. You benefit from the guidance, experience and support of a professional who has many years practice in meditation, mindfulness based meditations, knowledge, and psychological training.
What are mindfulness-based approaches?
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a group-based program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Centre for Mindfulness. It was initially created to help people with chronic physical health problems and pain to reduce their stress levels, but it is suitable for anyone who wishes to improve their well-being, with possible exclusion factors;
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale. MBCT is an integration of MBSR with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a cost-effective treatment for preventing relapse in depression for people who wish to find new ways of managing recurrent depression but who currently feel well.
As the mindfulness-based interventions field is growing, courses are being adapted more specifically for different groups of people, including ones for childbirth, parenting and relapse prevention for substance addiction, chronic pain, health, and mental health issues, inc ADHD, Bipolar. There are also courses for children and adolescents, often within an educational setting.
Do mindfulness-based approaches work?
There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that MBSR is effective in supporting people with chronic physical health problems improve their mental health, well-being and quality of life. Larger scale randomised trials are in progress to mo