Frequently asked questions:
Mindfulness means bringing attention to whatever our experience is in this present moment and doing so intentionally with an attitude of kindness and non-judgement.
Developing Mindfulness helps us to find calm and stability in our relationships with ourselves and others in the midst of our busy, stressful lives.
We learn to wake up to our lives and experience each precious moment with clarity and ease.
We learn greater awareness of ourselves and also how to respond with wisdom and calmness to events and people in our live.s
Extensive research in MBSR and MBCT has shown that developing mindfulness has a significant positive effect our lives.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a confidential process whereby a client and counsellor meet to discuss and explore issues of a clients life that are causing them distress.
Counselling may help the client to gain a greater understanding and as a result manage the difficulties with greater awareness and ease.
Alternatively counselling can also be used to help explore all aspects of oneself in order to get to know and develop oneself.
What courses and services are available?
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness for Stress
Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Mindfulness for Pain and Illness
Bespoke workshops are available on request
What individual sessions are available?
The Mindfulness for Stress course
Mindfulness for Pain and Illness course
Both of these are available on a one to one basis however clients report many benefits from being on a course with others who are experiencing similar difficulties.
There is also the possibility of having a couple of individual sessions ahead of starting on a course
Contact to discuss or for details.
How long do the sessions last?
Individual Mindfulness and counselling sessions last one hour
Mindfulness for Stress Course is delivered either over 4 Saturday mornings or 8 weekly 2 hour sessions.
Mindfulness for Pain and Illness is delivered weekly for 8 weeks – sessions are 2 hours long plus a tea break
Finding Peace in a Frantic World is delivered weekly for 8 weeks with sessions lasting 75 minutes and no break
How much do sessions cost?
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy costs £260 for the course, concessions are available.
Mindfulness for Stress course costs £240
Finding Peace in a Frantic World course costs £180
Courses are booked and paid for in advance.
Individual Mindfulness and Counselling sessions are £50 payable at each session.
Bespoke workshops are priced on booking
How many people are on the courses?
Numbers are limited on the MBCT course to 12
Mindfulness for Stress can be up to 20, sometimes more – depending on the venue and it’s capacity too.
Mindfulness for Pain and Illness limited to 16
Finding Peace in a Frantic World – numbers not limited only by capacity of venue
Do you have to talk about your own experience?
On all the Mindfulness courses, other than to say who you are and what you would like to get from the course, there is no pressure to contribute, alot is learned from the contributions from those attending however it is not necessary that everyone does.
Do I need to attend all the sessions?
Information and meditations are part of each session and each session builds on the previous one so it is advised that attendance at all sessions is best however if for some reason someone cannot attend a session then where possible we will send you the relevant materials and try and bring you up to date.
What if I miss a session?
If you can let us know that you cannot make the session that is helpful and we shall try and send you the relevant materials and try and bring you up to date.
Is there homework?
There is an expectation that you will practice the prescribed meditations at home. The greatest benefit is derived from the course by practicing the meditations. The recommended time varies with different courses however a minimum of 15 mins a day would be suggested and preferably up to 30 minutes.
Practicing Mindfulness is often compared to exercising a muscle – in that in order to strengthen the muscle one must keeping practicing as in playing tennis or playing the piano