Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with compassion, and open-hearted curiosity. Through cultivating mindful awareness, we discover how to live in the present moment rather than brooding about the past or worrying about the future.

Mindfulness Based Therapy

 

 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy 

Mindfulness has become very common in psychotherapy and counselling - for good reasons. It is a helpful set of skills we can learn for life, and it has been scientifically shown to be extremely useful when dealing with psychological difficulties. Scientists have also discovered the benefits of mindfulness techniques to help improve physical health in many different ways.

Mindfulness works by helping to develop a different relationship to the difficulties we experience in life. Rather than pushing difficulties away, or trying to escape from them, mindfulness skills allow us to turn towards the difficulties and face them in such a way that we can respond to them in a wiser way, rather than just constantly reacting in our old ways.

In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • couples’ conflicts
  • stress
  • obsessive-compulsive behaviours
  • high blood pressure
  • chronic pain
  • sleep difficulties

It’s become increasingly common for mindfulness meditation to be combined with psychotherapy, especially cognitive therapy. 

I offer Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for individuals, couples and groups.

About Mindfulness

Mindfulness enables people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. It is designed as a training that integrates the mind and the body.

Being mindful means to pay attention to thoughts, feelings and sensations of the body, to become directly aware of them, and to be better able to manage them.

Mindfulness has its roots in ancient meditation practices and also draws on recent scientific advances. It is of potential value to everybody to help find peace in a frantic world.

Neuroscientists have found changes in those areas of the brain associated with decision-making, attention and empathy in people who regularly practice mindfulness meditation. They find that meditation increases the area of the brain linked to regulating emotion, and that it improves people’s attention, job performance, productivity and satisfaction.

Meditation increases blood flow, reduces blood pressure, and protects people at risk of developing hypertension: it also reduces the risk and severity of cardiovascular disease, and the risk of dying from it.

People who have learned mindfulness experience long-lasting physical and psychological stress reduction. They discover positive changes in well-being, are less likely to get stuck in depression and exhaustion, and are better able to control addictive behaviour.

It may sound simple, but it is quite hard to do. It is a challenge in our modern task-focused world to pay wise attention to what we are doing. So often we miss the full experience of events in our lives, and easily get caught in over-thinking or brooding, thus making us feel depressed and exhausted and damaging our well-being.

People who have learned mindfulness are less likely to get depressed. They also experience positive changes in well-being.

The Mindfulness Course

I offer the 8-week MBCT class to groups, couples or individuals. I teach the various mindfulness practices by guiding you carefully through the different stages, and explore with you anything that comes up.

It is important however that you commit to practicing between classes at home, supported by CDs and weekly handouts. This home practice is the backbone of the course, and people who commit themselves to one hour of practice a day benefit most from doing the course.

The courses typically include:

  • Individual orientation session
  • Eight 2-hour class sessions (eight 1-hour sessions for individuals)
  • Workbook
  • CDs of guided meditations
  • Follow-up session a few weeks after the end of the classes
  • Between-Session support by phone in relation to the course work or the materials, if needed.

Fees:

To participate in a group: £250 per person (concessions available)

To do the course as an individual: £480

Please contact me for dates of up-coming MBCT courses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Canterbury, Kent

t: 0791 4038 123

e: therapy@drmarcusaverbeck.co.uk