MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION
"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment". Jon Kabat-Zinn
Also see below for my next monthly Mindfulness Drop In group which is free to those trying it as a taster.
As an experienced meditator of nearly 30 years and having been trained with the British Mindfulness Academy to teach mindfulness practices, I can either offer mindfulness training as part of your talking therapy or on its own. I offer individual and group sessions (see below for courses).
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a scientifically-proven technique for managing your thought processes. It is not complicated. It's your mind's natural resting place. The skills of mindfulness enable you to begin to choose where and on what you focus your attention. It's a way to come back to your calm and empowered state. In our busy stress-filled, action-orientated lives our minds speed up to keep apace with the pressure that we put ourselves under. We can often end the day feeling exhausted, depleted in energy, frustrated at not achieving more and self critical for not being on top of all our tasks. And there never appears to be quiet, calm time for us to wind down and recharge.
How can it help me?
Mindfulness practices help you to find a pathway through the chaos of modern day living. It provides strategies to:
Once you have learnt the skills of mindfulness, you can use the same centring sensations that you cultivate in the sessions, anywhere. And the results last a lifetime.
What Mindfulness is not
Mindfulness is not a religion. It is not a philosophy or lifestyle. It is simply a tool, one that is accessible to people of all ages, cultures, religions and those who are not religious.
If you would like to learn mindfulness or meditation skills as part of your talking therapy then the fees that I charge for these sessions will apply. Refer to my webpage Making an Appointment and Fees.
Individual Mindfulness Training:
I offer individual mindfulness sessions in an 8 session block. The timing of this block can have some flexibility. It doesn't need to be weekly and can fit round your commitments and availabilith. The sessions are 50 minutes and I charge £350 for the 8 week block (£43.75 per session). Half (£175) is payable at the first session, and the balance of £175 at the fifth session.
If you have done one of my day workshops or courses or have done mindfulness training with someone else, and you want a one-off or ad hoc session(s) to refresh your skills and/or talk through your practice, I’m happy to offer these meetings at £45 for a 50 minute session.
Mindfulness Courses and Day Events
Day Events, Spring 2020:
Saturday 28 March, 10.30am - 3.30pm: Mindful Self-Compassion Part 1 - CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED
Saturday 6 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm: Mindful Self-Compassion Part 2
These two workshops stand alone. If you want to do both, it is best to have done Part 1 first (in 2019 I ran it as a one-off Self-Compassion Workshop) . This is the first year I’m running a Part 2 Workshop and it goes deeper into the concept of mindful self-compassion. However, if you’ve not done my Self Compassion workshop in 2019 and can’t do the 28 March Part 1, the Part 2 workshop is suitable if you have completed the Mindfulness Skills 8 week course (either with me or another organisation) or for anyone who has done mindfulness before and has some experience of Mindful Self-Compassion. If you’ve not covered any Mindful Self-Compassion, you will still get value from just doing Part 2, although I will not be covering the basics of Self-Compassion (which is covered in Part 1). Please contact me if you want to talk this through 07899 891992.
Saturday 25 April, 10.30am - 3.30pm: Mindfulness Skills - CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED
This is suitable for anyone who is new to mindfulness or who wants a refresher.
Venue: The Witney Therapy Centre, 2a Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BL
Cost: £58. Payment in full secures your place. A maximum of 8 places.
These day events will be repeated in the Autumn 2020.
Mindfulness Courses, Spring 2020: CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED
8 week Mindful Self-Compassion with a focus on compassion, loving-kindness, acceptance, positive psychology and forgiveness will be starting on Tuesday 21 April from 4.15pm - 6.15pm at the Witney Therapy Centre (with a week's break for half term on 26 May), finishing on 16 June. A maximum of 6 places.
Cost: £300. A deposit of £100 secures your place and the balance is payable by 6 April. Instalments can be negotiated. Please enquire.
Mindfulness Courses, Autumn 2020:
8 Week Mindfulness Skills: This course will be running from September to November (likely to be on Tuesdays 4.15pm - 6.15pm or possibly 2 weekends in October and November, 10.30am - 3.30pm). Final dates to be confirmed. Please enquire if you are interested. A maximum of 6 places.
Cost: £300. Instalments can be negotiated. Please enquire.
Venue: Witney Therapy Centre, 2a Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BL
The Day Workshops will also be repeated in the autumn 2020. Dates to be confirmed.
WEEKLY DROP IN GROUPS BY ZOOM (you can join by phoning in if you don’t have a computer):
In response to the current crisis, I am running weekly Drop In Mindfulness groups for those who have completed one of my courses or who have practiced or trained elsewhere, as a way of maintaining and refreshing your skills. If you have not experienced mindfulness in a group setting before, you are welcome to come along and try it as a taster free of charge. No experience of mindfulness practices is necessary.
Tuesday 7 April, 10.30-11.45am
Friday 17 April, 10.15-11.30am (this replaces 15 April at 6pm)
Wednesday 22 April, 12.45-2pm
Tuesday 28 April, 1-2.15pm
Monday 4 May, 10.30-11.45am
Tuesday 12 May, 7-8.15pm
Wednesday 20 May, 12.45-2pm
Friday 29 May, 11.30-12.45pm (this replaces 25 May at 6pm)
The Drop In group Costs £20 per session if you attend one session in the month. Or £10 per session if you attend more than one session in the month. Spaces are limited to 10 so please book in at least the day before or check availability on the morning of the group. My telephone number is 07899 891992.
If you’re not familiar with Zoom, please contact me and I’ll talk you through what it involves.
If you are interested in learning mindfulness, please call me on 07899 891992 or email me at [email protected] or click on the link on the right of this screen.