4 week Introduction to Mindfulness course starting on Saturday 9th November 2019 from 10am-12pm at The Compass Theatre, Ickenham, UB10 8PD
What is Mindfulness and how can it help me?
Mindfulness is a meditation practice which seeks to cultivate awareness of the present moment. Over time, mindfulness allows us to see more clearly how we react to what arises in our lives and help us make wiser choices about how to respond.
Mindfulness is not new and is rooted in ancient wisdom and practices. In the last 40 years, there has been a growing interest in whether Mindfulness can help with some of the challenges of modern life. Programmes have been developed that combine Mindful practices with modern psychological understanding. These programmes are generally delivered as 8 week courses and have been shown in clinical research trials to be effective in helping people reduce stress, anxiety and depression. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK recommends Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy as a treatment for recurrent depression.
Mindfulness can also help all of us to improve our wellbeing, and to find peace and contentment in our often busy and demanding lives. Mindfulness for Life courses explores how to:
- Make the most of your potential
- Appreciate joy and manage difficulties skilfully
- Strengthen relationships
The Mindfulness for Life course is largely experiential, with meditation practices and cognitive exercises that help participants cultivate a new way of working with difficulties that arise in life, and a different way of relating to ourselves and others, a way that promotes more contentment, appreciation, wisdom and compassion. Each session has a different theme and the course builds on earlier learning to encourage understanding, skills and an outlook that can be transformative.
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Mindfulness Teacher/Trainer & Supervisor BABCP Registered CBT therapist/ BACP Registered Psychotherapist
Costas trained as a teacher, trainer and supervisor in mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
He is also coordinator for PPiPCare, a project that delivers training on evidence-based approaches to healthcare professionals within Thames Valley.
Costas has extensive experience in the NHS where he has been working as a mindfulness teacher, cognitive behavioural therapist and trainer.
Dr Charlotte Morris
Mindfulness Teacher and Counselling Psychologist
Charlotte trained as a mindfulness teacher with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and qualified in 2014. She has extensive experience running Mindfulness courses both for the NHS and Paron Mindfulness. Charlotte is a Counselling Psychologist with an independent practice in Buckinghamshire.