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 Institute 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.
Mindfulness Courses and Day Events
Day Events this Autumn:
Saturday 28 September, 10.30am - 3.30pm: Mindfulness Skills
Saturday 2 November, 10.30am - 3.30pm: Mindful Self-Compassion
Venue: The Witney Therapy Centre, 2a Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BL
Cost: £45. Payment in full secures your place. A maximum of 8 places
These day events will be repeated in the New Year 2020.
Mindfulness Courses this Autumn:
Next 8 week Mindfulness Skills course starts on Tuesdays from the 24 September, 4.15-6.15pm at the Witney Therapy Centre (with a break for half term on 22 October), finishing on 19 November. The cost is £275. A deposit of £75 will secure your place and the balance is payable by 16 September.
New 6 week Mindful Self-Compassion course with a focus on compassion, loving-kindness and forgiveness will be starting on Friday 4 October from 10am-12pm in Carterton (with a break for half term on 25 October), finishing on 15 November . The cost is £210. A deposit of £75 secures your place and the balance is payable by 20 September.
Instalments can be negotiated for both courses. Please enquire.
Monthly Drop In Group:
There is also a monthly Drop In Mindfulness group 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 will be payable on attendance at £20 per session. This is a monthly group running on Wednesdays from 1.45 to 3pm and the dates for the remainder of this year are: 14 August, 25 September, 16 October, 13 November and 4 December. Spaces are limited to 6 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 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.