For clients who are interested I teach mindfulness techniques as part of therapy
I offer in-company and online mindfulness classes for stress reduction
Mindfulness: brief introduction
We spend a lot of our time in a state of alertness, planning and anticipating the future or in recalling the past. Mindfulness practise is simple training in gently bringing the mind back to a state of present awareness, as an antidote to the anxious and depressive states which are sometimes associated with future and past focused thought. This is achieved through basic meditation and relaxation techniques which anyone can learn and practise alone. This is a great resource for self-calming and for general self-care.
Mindfulness was developed at the University of Massachusetts by Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944-) and his team. They studied meditation techniques, originating in Buddhist practices, and tested them under scientific conditions. Techniques which were proven to reduce persistent negative emotional states were used to create a simple method of cognitive training known as mindfulness. It is interesting to note that though Mindfulness has been taken up in psychotherapy and clinical psychology - Zinn's teams were not psychologists or psychotherapists - and they intended Mindfulness to be useful for a much wider population than simply people doing psychotherapy. .
Teach yourself mindfulness
Guided mindfulness audios below
You can teach yourself Mindfulness. You don't need a psychologist or a psychotherapist to start! Mindfulness is a wonderful resource for self-care and a very simple way to improve your quality of life. Being still and quiet often feels like the last thing we want to do, yet it’s exactly at such times that we would benefit most from calming down and connecting with ourselves in a gentle therapeutic manner.
Below are guided Mindfulness audios which you can use at any time. There are some simple tips on posture and getting started on the red link here and recommendations for an App and a book to continue your practise. Mindfulness Recommendations