Bath, Bristol and Wells
John Waller UKCP reg. psychotherapist
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Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely the path that is your life.
I have been practicing counselling, psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation since my initial training in Amsterdam in 1996. My travels and varied careers around the world have brought me in contact with a great variety of people from all walks or life, nationalities and cultures. This, along with my life experience, has helped me greatly to empathise with the very wide range of issues which my clients are experiencing.
I trained between 2000 and 2005 at the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. I was awarded an Advanced Diploma in Hypnosis and Psychotherapy after completion of my dissertation 'Could Hypnosis Be a Useful Adjunct to Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in The Treatment of Depression'. I'm registered with the UKCP.
In 1996 I had my first instruction in meditation and have practised this and other forms of mindfulness meditation ever since. My meditation practice has developed and deepened over the years and I now instruct in the tradition of mindfulness meditation. In 2005 I completed the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher development training with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at University of Wales Bangor.
In 2009 I completed further MBCT training with Exeter University and was appointed supervisor to post graduate students on Exeter's University's Post Graduate MBCT training programmes. In 2010 I provided the MBCT correspondence course for staff of Loughborough University's counselling service. I'm presently part of Exeter University's associated staff network providing supervision, advice on service development and training see: http://www.exeter-mindfulness-network.org/about-us-associate-staff.php. I'm currently running the MBCT course on Bath University's Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme.
To date (December, 2015), I've run 36 mindfulness MBCT courses and 44 mindfulness day retreats.
I've been a practising counsellor & psychotherapist for over 13 years, working with individuals and couples. My approach is integrative and person-centred, drawing on existential and mindfulness-based approaches as well as CBT.
A mindfulness practitioner myself, I use mindfulness practices in my individual client work. I can offer individual support to people undertaking the 8-week MBCT course. Sometimes, doing such a course can make you aware of long-buried feelings and emotions and individual work provides a space to explore and process these feelings safely. I am available to support people for a longer or shorter period of time, alongside, before or after the 8-week course. To learn more about my approach, see my website www.sarahlayzellcounselling.co.uk or telephone on 01761 437214 / 07845 870004.
For Counselling & Psychotherapy please click on: www.mindfulapproach.co.uk