AS - Northampton

posted 17 Aug 2016, 08:57 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 17 Aug 2016, 08:57 ]

The MBCT mindfulness course was very informative & enjoyable and being able to do it over Skype was really convenient. Putting the techniques I have learnt into practice is helping my anxiety, allowing me to focus on the present and do the activities I want to do with out worrying so much.

JA - Daventry

posted 17 Aug 2016, 08:56 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 17 Aug 2016, 08:58 ]

Prior to my mindfulness course I had been feeling increasingly unwell and out of control with my life.  I have a stressful job and was working silly hours, getting nowhere and unable to switch off.
I must admit it felt very strange at first spending an hour 1:1 with a stranger face to face! However the more I practiced the easier it became and as I built a relationship with Tim, it was no longer uncomfortable.  Tim is a very compassionate man with tremendous emotional intelligence, he has the ability to empathise with many problems and situations. 

Just before my last session I had a major set back and this delayed it somewhat. However despite not being able to go out and face life I continued to practice mindfulness. I believe that this was a huge factor in my recovery. I have now completed the course and feel great.
I would recommend this to anyone and have actually provided it for someone in my work place.

Mr JB - Kettering

posted 17 Aug 2016, 08:51 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 17 Aug 2016, 08:55 ]

I found the Mindfulness course extremely easy to take part in, the course leader was open and very approachable and put everyone at ease meaning everyone was comfortable to be open and involved in discussions.

The course was really informative and delivered with a good balance of serious content and light humour to help everyone along. I really wasn't sure what to expect as I hadn't seem myself as someone who could meditate, but this has been mostly simple and now doing a meditation is something I can do everyday and that really help me feel grounded and in control.

Ms KN - Corby

posted 17 Aug 2016, 08:46 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 17 Aug 2016, 08:50 ]

This MBCT course presented by Tim has anchored me and helped me with skills to cope with my life. I have greatly benefited from the group support and witnessing the pain and behaviours of others. The course is lovely to find some peace from the craziness of my life and the fears that cancer has brought with it. Thank you Tim for your compassion, understanding and patience.

WR, Corby

posted 1 Jun 2015, 03:31 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 1 Jun 2015, 03:36 ]

I suffer from agoraphobia, social phobia, anxiety and depression and am now a recovering addict. I tried to attend a Mindfulness Course in July last year but didn’t get past the first session because I was still struggling with my alcohol addiction. However, when I managed to get sober, I joined the November group. Since attending the Mindfulness course my life has turned around. I feel connected with friends who support me. I have lived here for almost 10 years and was unable to establish friendships due to my agoraphobia . I feel that I now have a purpose and am able to talk to new people about how much I felt the group had helped me. In the past I have felt let down by the lack of help from services such as CAN and the NHS.

KF, Northants

posted 1 Jun 2015, 03:29 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 1 Jun 2015, 03:35 ]

With the thanks from social media I enquired about the mindfulness and thought I would give it a try. I completed the mindfulness as best as I could .The benefits I have from going to the course are humongous! I met two amazing facilitators who were warm, caring and very aware of the real life of pain suffering and depression. The group was guided gently and in layman's terms! Meeting other people was huge challenge for myself and to be integrated in a small group with the most beautiful and kind souls helped myself and I could see the confidence and change within the groups as the weeks went on. 

The literature and CD of meditation is my life skill a bible if you like . I can genuinely say if I don’t use mindfulness in my day I do struggle and drain very quickly. The group of friends I have met have made me feel part of something very genuine and at the low times supportive. I love how after the group a firm bond has been sealed within us, without it I would continue to be lost within the mental health system which is shockingly overwhelmed and limited support. I’m humbled and so very grateful to all involved.

KM, Corby

posted 1 Jun 2015, 03:28 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 1 Jun 2015, 03:28 ]

My life has changed since joining stages in ways that can only be described as Amazing !! .I have been house bound socially awkward as a result of anxiety and depression couldn’t cope with exposure to new people or crowded areas. Through reading a testimony on a media sight I plucked the courage to email and find out what the idea of mindfulness and who would be in the group etc.

My group was in an evening and with it being winter months,despite my anxious arousal exceptionally high I turned up at the group I was warmly met by the facilitators’ (Louise and Tim). I struggled hugely the first evening however muddled to the end .Each week coming home with literature and meditation links I after a while really became part of my day ,a survival kit just for me ! I now manage school drop off, shopping and more importantly improve my friendship bond I have established with members of my group.

CA, Corby

posted 1 Jun 2015, 03:26 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 1 Jun 2015, 03:26 ]

I would like to say a huge thank you for being asked to attend the Mindfulness course. I have felt so calm and looking at my life differently.  I no longer feel so stressed and depressed. The kindness of everyone at the group is making Mondays a time to look forward to. I feel that I have gained so much so that I can lead a much calmer and happy life knowing that there are fantastic help from groups like this willing to help people like me.

MRS EC, Gretton

posted 29 May 2015, 08:00 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 29 May 2015, 08:05 ]

I have attended the mindfulness course with Tim and Louise and can only describe it as life changing! 

Before starting this course, I spent so much time and energy on anxiety and negative ruminations, and the inability to accept my sons special needs as was in denial. All this impacted on my emotional well-being. As a sufferer of bipolar disorder, this only served to exacerbate the symptoms. 

Throughout the course, the course leaders were empathetic and made all members at their ease. They were able to tailor the content of the course to each individual situation so this made the techniques easier to relate to. 

As a result of learning mindfulness I am more calm and in control of my life. The meditations give me some much needed head space, and the ability to cope with any difficult emotions in an accepting and loving way. 

I have also had the good fortune to have Reiki and also be taught how to do Reiki. The Reiki I have been given gives me a profound sense of well-being and relaxation, and being able to perform it on myself only enhances the experience.

In conclusion, if you think mindfulness won't work for you, I would strongly encourage you to give it a try, and live more peacefully in the present moment. After all, as the saying goes, the past is history, the future a mystery, but today is a gift, that's why it's called the present.

MA, Corby

posted 26 May 2015, 11:32 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 26 May 2015, 11:32 ]

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to undertake the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course. Myself and my partner have benefited enormously from the skills this course has taught us.

The mindfulness meditation practice has helped me cope with both my own work related stress and my partner’s continuing recovery from alcohol abuse. It has helped me to improve my well-being step by step, leaving me with a daily practice I can rely on to calm me down when I am feeling overwrought and anxious. The group meetings were a good chance to share progress and setbacks in a very safe, non-judgemental and welcoming environment.

I have gained new perspectives from reflecting on my own behaviour and have started to see situations with fresh eyes, which has helped me to start to react to stress triggers differently.

I highly recommend this course to anyone who like me, suffers with depression, stress, anxiety and associated physical pain.

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