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FOLLOW UP SESSIONS OF MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

I am running Follow Up Mindfulness Sessions for people who have completed an 8 week course or who are interested in finding out more about Mindfulness. These sessions are an excellent way of supporting your Mindfulness Practice, meeting others and exploring Mindfulness themes. There will be periods of Mindfulness practice, with a break for refreshment part way through the session.

The venue is the Friends Meeting House, 6, Victoria Drive, Bognor Regis West Susses PO21 2RJ

The dates are;

Saturday 7th January 2017

Saturday 11th March 2017

Saturday 13th May 2017

Saturday 8th July 2017

**Saturday 2nd September 2017 - Change of timings

Please note this session will run from 11.15 am until 1.15 pm

Saturday 18th November 2017

The sessions run for 2 hours from 10.00am until 12.00pm and the cost is £5.

If you are interested in coming along please let me know by emailing me at clairecole1957@gmail.com or calling me on 07837905369.

 

 

 

 



Mindfulness

This page gives some information about the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Course and how it can be helpful for depression, anxiety and stress.

How MBCT can be helpful

Many people find that worrying about the future or ruminating over past events can leave them feeling more anxious, stressed or low. Often this worry and rumination can feel very difficult to control, and may continue despite our best intentions to try to stop it.

MBCT can help us learn ways to reduce the impact of worry and rumination, which can improve our mental well-being. MBCT can help by strengthening our ability:

(1) to notice when we are caught up in unhelpful thoughts;

(2) to let these thoughts go and bring our attention back to the present moment; and

(3) to relate to ourselves and our experience with greater gentleness and kindness.

In fact, it may well be that this final point is the most crucial element of MBCT, because if we can learn ways to be kinder to ourselves, it's likely that we'll criticize ourselves less and will feel happier as a result.

In terms of the research evidence-base, there is strong evidence that MBCT can help to protect people against depression returning if they have suffered from three or more episodes of depression in the past. And there is growing evidence that MBCT can help with a range of other conditions, including stress, anxiety and physical pain.

What does MBCT involve?

MBCT teaches a range of meditation practices and cognitive therapy techniques. It is important to realise that the approach is not about learning simple relaxation or becoming detached from painful experiences. It is being able to cultivate a gentle and compassionate curiosity to our moment-to-moment experiences. It is also about accepting things as they currently are and in this way increasing our level of choice. The approach works through practice, and benefits are usually felt by those who are able to commit to the daily practice of between 30 and 50 minutes at home.

If you'd like to read more about Mindfulness to help you decide whether you'd like to join the Course the following books are helpful:

'The Mindful Way Through Depression' by Mark Williams and others

'Wherever you go, There you are' by Jon Kabat-Zinn

'Full Catastrophe Living' by Jon Kabat-Zinn

'Mindfulness; A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World' by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Useful Websites are:

www.mbct.co.uk/

www.bemindful.co.uk

I offer the 8 week programme on a one-to-one basis. This costs 250 for 8 x 1.5 hour sessions including CDs of meditations for home practice and handouts.

I also offer the 8 week Mindfulness course for couples at a total cost of £350 for 8 x 1.5 hours including CDs and handouts.

I also run small MBCT groups of up to 6 people in both the Bognor Regis and Chichester area. This costs 150 per individual for 8 x 2 hour sessions plus a half day retreat. The cost also includes all CDs and handouts.

Please telephone or email me if you are interested in taking part.

I abide by the Guidelines of the UK Network Of Mindfulness Based Teachers


Please email me or phone on 07837 905369 (mobile) or 01243 543658 if you would like to arrange an appointment or find out more information.


(c) Claire Cole, 2012