Mindfulness

Originating in Eastern traditions, Mindfulness practice is increasingly being recognised as a valuable psychotherapeutic tool.  In general terms, mindfulness involves paying attention to our ‘here and now’, ‘moment to moment’ experiences; listening to ourselves, our thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in new and active ways that allow for personal growth, healing and transformation.

There is a wealth of scientific research to support the benefits of Mindfulness.  Published studies and the use of MRI scans have shown how Mindfulness can be an effective practice for reducing levels of stress, increasing empathy, resilience, and emotional intelligence and developing communication skills and the capacity to hold and assimilate information.

I offer Mindfulness techniques and practices within my psychotherapeutic work or I can offer one-to-one Mindfulness sessions that include neuroscientific research and information into the benefits of Mindfulness.  I can also offer courses of 6 or 12 sessions to those wanting to develop a deeper level, on-going practice.

One-off sessions or courses include the following principles and objectives:

·         Introduction to Mindfulness of Breathing – Formal and Informal practices and Techniques – Meditations to suit your individual needs.

·         Understanding the brain – Neuroscience and scientifically backed benefits of Mindfulness.  Exploration of further Mindfulness practices to develop deep relaxation and heightened awareness.

·         Introduction to the 3 minute meditation, the Body Scan and ‘Focusing Technique’.

·         The Mind-Body Connection – How the body represents our unconscious mind – ‘Urge Surfing’.

·         Autopilot and the Negativity Bias – How increasing deeper awareness heightens ability to control our default ‘negativity-bias’ and ‘auto-pilot’ system.

·         Mindful Movement Practices.