Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention to the present moment in a particular way”; non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and letting go.
These attitudinal qualities enable us to start to experience life as it is, without being blinded by our past (ancestral) experiences and without being shackled to how we believe things should or should not be. Research has showed that doing this allows us to change from the doing mode of mind, which is linked to negative thoughts/beliefs, rumination, worry and avoidance to the being mode of mind (Segal et al, 2013). In the being mode of mind, we are able to experience things as they are, noticing all the different experiences and standing back from these so that we can respond wisely according to our values instead of reacting habitually. This allows us to find peace and inner stillness. Research from neuro-psychology shows that the nature of the mind is complex but flexible. The neurons which fire together become coupled together, and if often repeated become easily triggered. However, we can learn to uncouple these and bring lasting changes.
Mindfulness is not a cult but a human thing. We mind what we treasure and value (“mind my child”/bag/house). What better than to learn to treasure and value ourselves? Mindfulness teaches us to learn how to be compassionate, to listen, to tend to our being being so that our body, mind and brain work in harmony. Waking to our life instead of sleep walking through life.
Mindfulness sessions are £40 per hour and £60 for 90 minutes for individuals (£150 for person for the 8 week course) minimum of 6 people). Some bursary spaces are available.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy CBT
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is evidence based therapy which was initially developed by Aaron Beck (1963) for treatment of depression and has been adapted to treat a wide range of conditions including anxiety disorders, chronic pain, addictions, eating disorders.
CBT enables change by changing the thoughts and behaviours which keep the problem going. It is a systematic, individually intervention. The National institute for care and clinical excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as the first line treatment for a wide range of conditions such as Post traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder ( Worry problem) and for Building self-Esteem.
These conditions are very common in groups which experience exclusion and marginalisation.
We do not provide CBT routinely as the NHS provides excellent, accessible, compassionate services through the IAPT. Simply search IAPT with your postcode to access self-referral which can be done by phone or email. We are happy to have a chat and signpost you to your local service. You do not need the permission or referral from your GP unless there are risk or safeguarding concerns.
Tariff available on request.