Mindfulness Courses

Bath, Bristol and Wells

John Waller  UKCP reg. psychotherapist

 

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness courses for all kinds of people, beginning:

 

  14th of April, in Bath

 16th April, in Bristol

 

Next Wells course dates to be confirmed

 

 

Open retreat days at

 Ammerdown:

 

13th March

&

 22nd May

 

 

 

Courses cost £235.

 

Welcome

New for 2016: Enhanced mindfulness meditation course

Following extensive feedback, we've developed a new course which builds on the classic 8-week Mindfulness course for anxiety, stress & depression and includes elements of a very successful happiness course.

By learning how to meditate, Mindfulness teaches you new ways to handle negative thoughts, low moods and emotions.  The Happiness course helps you to understand the causes of unhappiness better and includes exercises specifically designed to motivate you and improve your mood.  Combining the most effective elements of both courses can, with a little practice, lift your mood quickly, prevent it from slipping down again and lessen stressed and anxious states.

Of course you don’t need to be depressed, stressed or anxious to benefit from this course.  Most of us would like to be able to manage our emotions better, feel happier and better about our lives.  Practising mindfulness and realising that we all have the capacity to be happy can enhance our experience of living.

A Note of Caution

Mindfulness meditation can be very powerful because it involves paying careful attention to experiences – thoughts, feelings, sensations – that often we try to ignore. Whilst this can be extremely helpful, we need to be able to deal with what might arise in meditation. Before starting to meditate it’s sensible to be reasonably self-aware and then to learn from an experienced practitioner in a safe environment.  

Some recent (2016) press articles have rightly pointed out that meditation can lead to disturbing experiences. Mindfulness is not the same as relaxation – it’s about being awake to your experiences, not putting them aside.  As an experienced UKCP registered psychotherapist as well as mindfulness practitioner, I help you decide whether or not the 8-week course is right for you at this time.  This is why I ask you to make time for a detailed conversation before you’re accepted on the course.   If I don’t think that Mindfulness is right for you, I can suggest alternative ways of managing the difficulties that led you to apply - such as individual therapy, perhaps with me or a trusted colleague.  Many people subsequently find a Mindfulness practice invaluable in maintaining the work they’ve done in therapy.

 

For  Counselling & Psychotherapy please click on: www.mindfulapproach.co.uk