Next 8-week Mindfulness Course in Brighton:
I will next be running a 'Mindfulness for Everyday Living' course from 27 January to 31 March 2021 (Wednesday evenings 7.15 - 9.30pm) in Brighton. For further info, please contact me. To book a place, please call Brighton Therapy Centre on 01273 626444 or email them.
Mindfulness is the ability to bring an alert, receptive awareness to present-moment experience with flexibility, acceptance and resolve. It is a natural capacity of mind, whose benefits are becoming increasingly known. Cultivated through practice, it can have powerfully beneficial effects, such as enhanced resilience and focus in life, stress reduction, greater psychological flexibility, and a broader appreciation of the richness and vibrancy of life. In essence, mindfulness is about discovering what’s worth giving attention to.
I have a particular interest in mindfulness-based approaches to health, well-being and existential enquiry. I have been practising mindfulness for over 20 years. I am registered with the British Association for Mindfulness-Based Approaches, which regulates a directory of trainers and teachers who have been trained in line with the UK Good Practice Guidelines. I am committed to regular, ongoing training, as well as supervision of my clinical work. I also offer supervision, having completed a training recognised by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.
I have been facilitating mindfulness groups since 2001 and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses since 2007. My Masters-level research on the origins and practices of MBCT was published in 2008. More recently, I have written about mindfulness in depth. My blog is inspired by the curiosities, confusions and insights of fellow practitioners.
In the therapeutic field, there are several well-established mindfulness-based models. The three that inform my work are:
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): This is a structured, eight-week programme, which emphasises learning the art and practice of formal and informal mindfulness meditation practices. It has been proven to be effective for, amongst other things, preventing relapses into depression. It is included in the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for depression.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): This emphasises getting back into living a life in keeping with our values while learning how to better handle difficult thoughts and feelings. It has been proven to be effective for a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, work-based stress, OCD and chronic pain.
- Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL): This is a programme for those wishing to further develop their mindfulness practice and/or deepen its healing effects through practices which cultivate kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others.