Bath, Bristol and Wells
John Waller UKCP reg. psychotherapist
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"Mighty things from small beginnings grow." John Dryden
"The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive, to know anything, to perceive, to learn, to act, to change, to heal."
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
The Bath, Bristol and Wells Eight-week Mindfulness meditation MBCT Course for groups, individuals and distance learners.
Stress and anxiety are closely related to, and are often present during depression and low mood. Results from trials have shown that the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course reduces relapse in depression by 50% in those who have had three or more previous episodes of depression. The course has gained the approval of NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as an efficacious treatment for the prevention of depression.
The mindfulness course provides a high level of practical and theoretical guidance and support in the practices of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. What is learned and experienced in mindfulness practice helps develop new ways to handle negative thoughts, low moods and emotions. This in turn helps prevent and alleviate low mood, depression, and components of depression such as anxiety and stress. One needn't be experiencing any of the above to benefit from the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness practice enhances the experience of living.
Mindfulness meditation course theory and practice comes from the Buddhist Insight meditation tradition. However, the courses are non-religious and facilitated in a secular way. The courses are open to those of any or no religious beliefs.
Mindfulness practice is a culmination of thousands of years of experience, learning and wisdom of many who went before us and some who are still with us. I will endeavour to pass on to you what has been passed on to me along with knowledge and wisdom from the perspective of my own experiences.
A lot of what is learned from the course and one's own practice can be passed on to help one's children, partner, family or friends to enhance their lives. The techniques and approaches developed during the course can be applied to most every issue or problem to gain relief. What is learned can also help to bring about insight and understanding for the problems of others.
Mindfulness meditation is learnt in 8-weekly 2 hour 15 minute sessions (one of which is held on the included retreat day) and by practicing with instruction CDs each day for approximately 45minutes through out the week. Breathing meditations and yoga practices help us become more aware of the present moment, and of subtle changes in our bodies and minds. We learn a basic understanding of what causes and maintains our low moods, depression, stress and anxiety and how to spot the warning signals and what to do to look after ourselves before distress take's hold.
Through enhanced awareness we begin to see the signs of potential crisis, upset and onset of low mood much sooner than we normally would. This enables us to respond in a calm, clear headed way to regain balance and perspective.
You get out of the course what you put in. The benefits of meditation are cumulative and therefore regular practice is needed to get the best out of the course. Very early on you may feel some important benefits but there may be times when it doesn't feel like anything is happening, times when it becomes a bit stressful (which is ironic and paradoxical of course) and demanding of your time. There are times when we feel it's just not working. At this point we just need to continue diligently with patience and the correct attitude till the end of the programme. By the end, the benefits will have started to accrue and have become more apparent and the process will have started to make sense.
Recommended reading is an important part of the course though not as important as doing the practices. It is recommended that you do some reading before the start of the course to orientate yourself regarding mindfulness meditation.
During the course I can be emailed with concerns or questions about the practice that can't wait till the next session. Personal psychological issues can't be dealt with in this way. I recommend having a friend, counsellor or psychotherapist who can be contacted for personal support during the course.
Should the need arise I can recommend a therapist who is a mindfulness practitioner or if my schedule permits, I can be available for one to one therapy/instruction/missed sessions. This is paid for separately from the course fee (at a reduced rate during the course).
Joining the course
To join the course please contact me by email or telephone to briefly discuss the course. If you remain interested in joining the course I will then send you further details and information for your reference. If you then would like to join the course you are requested to fill in an attached booking application form (it's very brief and short) and send it back to me by email. I will then make contact with you for further discussion (10 to 20 minutes) before you commit to the course. There is no charge for this discussion.
The total cost of the programme is £235 this includes:
One to one session during the course
During the course I'm usually able to offer one to one 50 minute sessions to help course participants with their mindfulness practice or individual issues. The one to one sessions cost £25.
Distance learning option
A distance learning option is available for those who can't find a course local to them. Participants are guided throughout the 8-week course by a work-book and nine 45-minute, individual, telephone sessions. They then undertake about 45 minutes of home practice six days a week which entails listening to accompanying CDs which guide various sitting, walking and movement meditations. There are also some simple homework tasks and recommended reading. Due to the one-on-one nature of the distance learning option the costs are £ 450. Please contact me for more information on this.
See the Contact & Advice page for advice before and during the course.
The Ammerdown Conference Centre, venue for the day retreat
For Counselling & Psychotherapy please click on: www.mindfulapproach.co.uk