Mindfulness is a body-mind, integrative approach to life that enables us to relate to ourselves, others and our daily lives in a more confident, self-assured and effective way. Increasing our awareness through bringing our attention to thoughts, feelings & bodily sensations in the present moment with intent and without judgement assist us in managing difficult & stressful events, and create a much welcomed sense of space for wiser choices and broader perspectives.
Though rooted in ancient meditation traditions, in recent years Mindfulness has attracted the attention of the scientific community worldwide, with more than 10.000 published research papers available on mindfulness-based therapies (MBSR & MBCT).
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy has been recommended by the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines and the NHS for the treatment of stress, anxiety & recurrent depression. Overall, research findings show the effectiveness of mindfulness based programmes in a number of areas such as:
- Anger management
- Depression relapse prevention
- Chronic Pain Management
- Behavioural Problems
- Sleeping Problems
- Chronic Fatigue
- Pre-Menopausal & Menopausal Symptoms
- Improvement of Cognitive Flexibility & Creativity
- Blood pressure
- Eating Disorders
- Improved Immune system
- Improved focus & performance (incl. work & athletes)
Mindfulness is not beneficial exclusively for those with a specific health issue, as it can also improve functioning in a wide range of environments such as in education, workplace and at home, leading us to live a happier, healthier and more engaged and fulfilled life. According to research, mindful individuals have increased awareness, understanding and acceptance of their emotions, are more able to focus, and recover from bad moods more quickly. They are calmer and more efficient at parenting and enjoy more satisfying relationships.
What is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy? (MBCT)
This evidence-based program is highly recognized, established & taught all over the world. Using as a base the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program and its simple meditation techniques and gentle movement, it combines mindfulness practices with tools and techniques of psychology and the study of wellbeing.
It’s an eight-week life-skills course, consisting of two-hour sessions with a 10 min. break, and one all-day session (10am-4pm), with silent break for lunch & tea, making a total of 22 hours contact time. Sessions consist of a combination of mindfulness meditation exercises, gentle movement, discussions and instructions.
They will also introduce you to a variety of ways of identifying and dealing with difficult thoughts, feelings, sensations and moods commonly associated with stress, pain, anxiety and depression. You are invited to develop your own practice through weekly home assignments. In order to fully benefit from the course, regular practice is necessary.
A workbook and CDs will be provided to assist you. Note: This course is not recommended for people who have recently been bereaved or are presently suffering from clinical depression, psychosis or suicidal ideation.
Groups are small, with a maximum of 8 participants, so, early booking is advisable. This course is also offered on a 1:1 basis subject to prior arrangement.
Next 8 Week Mindfulness Course (MBCT) starts 20th January, 2016
Daytime group: 11am to 1pm
Evening group: 7pm to 9pm
Reunion/long session (6 hours/optional) : Sunday 10th April, 2016. 11am to 5pm
Please contact anaribeiro10
Participants are invited to arrange a telephone interview with Ana Ribeiro prior to booking.
“I had been looking for a programme to teach me how to become calmer, more focused and to be less swayed away by the sometimes overwhelming demands of daily life. The MBCT course offered me just this and more. It introduced me to the techniques of mindfulness and the methods of cognitive behavioural therapy offering a mix of practical exercises and theoretical insights. It equipped me with the confidence to apply the learnt outside the formal session. I greatly benefited from the course and I can thoroughly recommend it. ” G.W.
“it has helped me to gain calmness in adversity. My mind appears to be clearer and better able to make decisions. It allows me to be kind to myself. I have learned I can’t solve other people’s problems.
I sleep better. I feel more grounded” S.R.
“it was helpful because I’ve learnt to have a different perspective to my thoughts, which helped me in turn, with coping with difficulties.” (Anonymous)
“The course has allowed me to make huge changes in my life – and I think it will transform my future life it I continue using the skills I have learned.” L. O.
“Found it useful in everyday life, work and in coping with stress and feelings of being overwhelmed by “too much to do” and not enough time.” V.K.
“ delivered the practical techniques I need to practise mindfulness – with theory & discussion that made sense to me & my life. I greatly appreciated doing this in a group – I benefitted from the reflections (& warmth) of others.” J.C.
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