For some people, especially those struggling with stress, depression or anxiety, or those unable to relax, the addition of mindfulness practices with therapy can be helpful.
Mindfulness, based on ancient eastern practices such as meditation, has an impressive evidence base for reducing stress and anxiety, for preventing depression, for working with addiction and for increasing feelings of wellbeing and aliveness. It has also been shown to increase people’s immune responses and i have a beneficial effect on our brain architecture and body hormones.
Mindfulness helps develop our capacity to experience feelings and thoughts in a way that allows us to let these moods and thoughts come and go, however distressing they are, without develop a range of defensive processes to fight against them. This provides both relief, a new way of experiencing life in the moment, and the ability to face life ‘head-on’.
I trained as a mindfulness teacher with the Centre for Mindfulness Practice at Bangor University, and offer individual and group sessions and trainings (one day to 8 weeks).
I also work with models which have been influenced by mindfulness, in particular Compassion Focused Therapy, developed by Paul Gilbert.
Mindfulness is not for everyone. it requires practice and commitment, and at times through ones practice, difficult thoughts and feelings can be re-triggered.