Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Evidence Based eight week courses
The 8 week course is designed to develop practices that help us be in the present moment and to experience our lives in a fuller way. In the course we learn new ways to recognise our thoughts and feelings and how to respond more effectively.
Extensive scientific research into mindfulness training consistently reveals its effectiveness in enhancing health and well-being. Some of these benefits include:
Reductions in stress, anxiety, depression and exhaustion – and an increase in positive emotions, resilience and well-being
A stronger immune system, helping you to fight off illness more effectively
An increased capacity for focus, attention, learning, memory, creativity and concentration
A greater ability to regulate your emotions and to feel kind and compassionate towards ourselves and others
Heightened self-confidence and assertiveness.
MBSR and The 8 Week MBSR Course
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week evidence-based program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. Developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, yoga and exploration of patterns of behaviour, thinking, feeling and action.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is the integration of Cognitive Therapy with mindfulness approaches. The MBCT training can help us as Mindfulness helps you observe and identify your feelings while cognitive therapy teaches you to interrupt automatic thought processes and work through feelings in a healthy way. This helps to to reduce the tendency to ruminate, overthink or worry too much about things and/or to recognise behaviours such as avoidance or suppression.
The 8 Week MBCT Course
The 8 week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale. The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course is closely modeled on the MBSR with some important differences originally designed specifically to help us deal with depressive mood states. The course has now been shown to be highly effective in helping with other mood states such as anxiety, stress and general emotional distress. MBCT is included in the NHS NICE guidelines
8 week courses are run frequently throughout the year, and will be posted on this page. At present due to current guidelines regarding COVID 19, indoor courses are held via Zoom. For more immediate inquiries please contact me for more information.