What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness is training the mind to come into the present moment, bringing our attention to what is here right now, allowing thoughts, feeling and physical sensations to be here and not controlling them or getting caught up in them. We do this by becoming aware of the breath, body and building awareness of each of our senses.
Through Mindfulness we can learn how to become present, enjoy the moments in life we all too often miss because we are caught up in our heads with worry, anxiety, remembering or planning for the future.
We can then make choices about how to react to situations. Instead of being caught in just reacting, often becoming caught in behaviours that are not helpful or even self-destructive.
My groups will help you to understand yourself better, become aware of why you do what you do and make changes that stick. One group member said “ I have not had one panic attack since I started your anxiety group.” Summer 2018, another said that they, “had never had such a relaxed visit to the dentist, I usually hate going!”.
Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a way to prevent depression, anxiety and stress in people who have had three or more bouts of depression in the past.
What are the benefits?
· Reduced stress, anxiety, worry, anger & fear
· Increases self-awareness
· Higher brain functioning
· Increased immune function
· Lowered blood pressure
· Lowered heart rate
· Increased attention and focus
· Increased clarity in thinking and perception
· Acceptance & Gratitude
· Experience of being calm and internally still
· Experience of feeling connected
For those who are experiencing more challenging difficulties one to one therapy sessions are available. Mindfulness meditation is also available one to one.
This consists of initially a 6 week block, hour long sessions. (can be negotiated to suit individual needs).
What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive - means thinking
Behaviour – what we do - the difficulty
Therapy – Tackling the difficulty together
NHS “Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.”
How CBT works
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts.
You're shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past.
It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
What is the process?
- An Initial meeting - usually an hour - where we discuss your needs and a plan is agreed upon.
- CBT consists of weekly or by weekly sessions. To understand the problem and learn new skill in thinking or how we act.
- A goal is agreed upon for the 6 weeks and we work together to achieve this, some work at home is required.
- Finally we develop an end plan so that you feel confident with any future stressful events.
- Notes and audio recordings are given to support staying well.
- A gradual ending is usually agreed upon to finish. Some people like to come back monthly for a while or even check in after 6 months just to see how they are getting along.
If you would like to discuss anything with me, please give me a call 07840379616 or email BOOKING
Recommendations & Testimonials
"I attended one of the taster sessions. Really enjoyed it, Lyze was great. Definitely looking forward to exploring mindfulness more in the new year.
6 Week Course & Sitting Group
"Wasn’t sure if mindfulness was for me but Lyze is a great teacher and guide. I have enjoyed the experience very much and learned that it’s not just breathing!"
Fortnightly Meditation Group
"Lyze is great tutor of all this large subject stuff, she makes it very enjoyable and interesting."