What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a secular practice derived from ancient Buddhist meditation practices, which pre-date the 5th Century BC. Mindfulness is taken from the Eight Fold Path within Buddhism. The first secular Mindfulness programme was introduced by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. Inspired by his personal experience of Zen Buddhism, Jon Kabat-Zinn adapted some of the techniques to help patients suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, and drug abuse to manage these difficulties.
'The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over, is the very root of judgment, character and will. No one is master of oneself if he has it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.
William James (1890)
What are the benefits?
Neurobiologists are learning that mindfulness practice changes brain structure and function in meaningful, desirable ways. Studies indicate that maintaining a consistent Mindfulness Meditation regime can alleviate many ‘psychological difficulties, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and interpersonal disorders’ (Siegel, 2014). Other benefits include a significant reduction in the stress hormone Cortisol – a pernicious, health robbing biochemical – and enhanced neurological functioning.
Mindfulness Meditation has also been shown to improve cognitive performance by enhancing the practitioner’s powers of attention. But as a desirable skill, one which we should all endeavour to cultivate, it seems to have been long overlooked. Attention ‘is a crucial skill for understanding and relating to reality, by avoiding being distracted or fooled by the superficial appearance of things’ (Kingsland, 2016).
Mindfulness can help with
Psychoeducation and the Science relating to the connection between mind and body
Mindfulness exercises and meditations for emotional regulation
Informal and formal practices of mindfulness
Applications in real life
Role play of difficult situations
Highlighting the shifts in change through the mechanisms of mindfulness (attention regulation, emotional regulation, decentering and non-attachment)
How much does it cost?
During our first consultation we will discuss your presenting issue, needs and goals and to see if there is a good fit between your requirements and what I can offer to help you.
For a one hour mindfulness session the fee is £40
Are telephone and Skype sessions available?
We offer face to face, telephone, Skype or FaceTime sessions at the aforementioned rates.
When are appointments offered?
We are able to offer appointments on weekday evenings (Mondays to Thursday 5.15pm to 8.15pm), all day Friday and Saturday mornings (9.00am to 12.15pm).
How many sessions will I need and how frequently?
The number of sessions needed is entirely up to you. We offer short term or long-term or ad hoc sessions. We aim to help clients achieve their goals as effectively and efficiently as possible. Most clients opt for regular weekly or fortnightly sessions to make the most out of the process.