Psychotherapy & Counsellingin Witney & Carterton

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:

  • calm the mind, thereby achieving greater clarity and focus
  • improve your decision-making skills
  • experience peace of heart and learn to listen to your intuition, the wisdom within
  • still the body
  • expand the soul and connect to your sense of who you truly are at your core
  • connect to your creativity
  • improve your sleep
  • boost your immune system
  • achieve a more positive state of mind
  • enhance your confidence
  • alleviate tension, stress, illness and physical pain
  • help you manage your addictions
  • decrease anxiety, depression, trauma and panic attacks
  • interact and connect better with others
  • manage conflict more effectively
  • increase your productivity

  • 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.

    "The human mind can create conflict. It can also create peace. To find peace in the world we must find peace in ourselves. There is no higher happiness than peace." Buddha


    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.

    Fees

    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 SATURDAY WORKSHOPS AT WITNEY THERAPY CENTRE, CORN STREET, WITNEY

    Mindful Self-Compassion Part 1 and 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 autumn Part 1 workshop, Part 2 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.

    Dates:
    Two Saturdays in the autumn (depending upon lock-down), 10.30am - 3.30pm
    Cost: £58 each. Payment in full secures your place. 8 places available.

    Mindfulness Skills:
    This is suitable for anyone who is new to mindfulness or who wants a refresher.

    Date: A Saturday in the autumn (depending upon lock-down), 10.30am - 3.30pm
    Cost: £58. Payment in full secures your place. 8 places available.

    MINDFULNESS COURSES AT WITNEY THERAPY CENTRE, CORN STREET, WITNEY:

    Mindful Self-Compassion
    with a focus on compassion, loving-kindness, acceptance, positive psychology and forgiveness will be offered in the autumn (depending upon lock-down) over two weekends in October/November/December. Dates to be confirmed. 8 places available.
    Cost: £400. A deposit of £100 secures your place. Instalments can be negotiated.

    Mindfulness Skills:Depending upon lock-down, this course will be running in the autumn over two weekends in October/November/December, 10.30am - 3.30pm. 8 places available.
    Cost: £400. £100 deposit secures your place. Instalments can be negotiated.

    WEEKLY MINDFULNESS DROP IN GROUP 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.

    The Drop In Group runs on Mondays from 10.30am-11.45am. There's no group on Monday 8 June
    Cost:£10 per session. FREE TASTER SESSION
    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.



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