We are pleased to offer in person Private Sessions
following the new Government Social Distancing Guidelines
or if you prefer through our OnlineLive Meeting Space.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness practice helps us to see more clearly the patterns of the mind and teaches us to stay in the present moment, rather than reliving the past or pre-living the future. You learn in the first place just to be conscious and accept whatever is there. Acceptance means seeing things as they actually are in the present. We cultivate acceptance by taking each moment as it comes and being with it fully, as it is! And by this acceptance you will see that changing happen by itself.
What is MBCT?
It combines a form of Eastern meditation with elements of Cognitive Therapy in a ten session private programme.
It was developed by Prof. Mark Williams (Oxford), John Teasdale (Oxford/Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto) for people who have been repeatedly depressed to help them stay well.
It is closely based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction programme – MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, which has been found to produce significant change in participants’ ability to deal with chronic pain, anxiety and stress.
Content of the MBCT programme
Please find here the topics covered in the programme:
- Awareness and automatic pilot
- Living in our heads
- Gathering the scattered mind
- Recognizing aversion
- Allowing / letting be
- Thoughts are not facts
- ‘How can I best take care of myself?’
- Maintaining and extending new learning
I have tried many therapies in the past – including standard cognitive therapy – which I found helpful to an extent. I have also tried yoga and other meditation courses. However, yours is the only course that I have done which has offered me such an insightful and effective way forward. I think that the professional and rigorous way in which you approach your teaching is extraordinary and inspirational!
Brilliant – loved every minute! I liked how it builds over time, to learn the foundations first, then to graduate to develop our own plan… Susann is a very powerful presenter and I found the experience very structured with a defined start and finish.
Susann has given me my life back! After being dogged with depression for over a decade, I finally have the tools to prevent myself from slipping into the downward spirals that have taken over so much of my life. I am now calmer, happier and optimistic that the future will be very different.
Best course I’ve ever done! When I started MBCT I was severely depressed. Medication lifted me out of a hole but MBCT has given a reinvigorated perspective on my life, the illness and now to cope with difficulties that come my way. Susann is a truly wonderful teacher – I’m so glad and happy that I embraced this…
A massive thank you to Susann! Throughout the whole course and I’m sure into the future Susann has felt more like a friend than a teacher; never once did I doubt her support or commitment to helping me. It truly made a difference to my motivation and what I managed to draw from this experience.
Thank you Susann for your energy and your humanity! I liked the clear and concise teaching; it was well structured, friendly and inclusive – a professional course and considerate training. The fact that this was introduced as training rather than therapy hit the spot!
Do it – you’ll never regret it!
Thank you very much Susann! You’ve always been very encouraging but kind – but not too kind that I can get away with not meditating! Always remember – that this is serious, not a joke! I learnt that I need to be kind to myself. My life is definitely getting better… not the life itself, but how I relate to my experience made me feel that my life has got better even though it has been quite the same really!
How does MBCT work?
By practising in sessions, and by listening to guided meditations at home during the week, you learn the practice of mindfulness meditation.
Practices such as the Body Scan, Breathing meditation, and simple Yoga exercises that allow you to come in touch with moment-to-moment changes in the mind and the body and foster a new, ’de-centred’ perspective to your thoughts and feelings.
The sessions include basic education about mental health issues, plus exercises from cognitive therapy that show the links between thinking and feeling and how you can look after yourself.
MBCT is challenging and life-affirming. Participating requires an ongoing commitment to yourself (home assignments).
What do you learn?
- to become familiar with the workings of your mind
- to notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate downward mood spirals
- to explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and, if you choose, enter a different way of being
- to put you in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world
- to notice small beauties and pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head
- to be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals
- to find a way so you don’t have to battle with yourself all the time
- to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time
The private MBCT programme is being held in Freshwater Bay or OnlineLIVE. However, if you prefer your home or another location, we are happy to discuss this further.
- 10 sessions of 90 mins each
- Cost including handouts & guided meditations: POA
15 min Initial Conversation on the phone free of charge or
60 min Orientation Session in Freshwater or OnlineLIVE : £ 80
After an Orientation Session, if you decide to start the private MBCT programme within four weeks after the initial meeting, we will take £ 80 off the cost of the private programme.