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Course: Mindfulness
Mindfulness Courses - NEW

Mindfulness is shown to significantly reduce levels of stress, anxiety and depression as well as increase levels of emotional resilience and wellbeing.

Over the past 15 years mindfulness has become increasingly popular as people are drawn to its central message; that our lives are immeasurably impoverished by our habitual tendency to be on ‘automatic pilot', during which the richness of momentary experience passes unnoticed. Mindfulness helps us develop an alternative way of being with experience as we learn skills to more fully engage with our lives, to be ‘in the moment'.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness practice originates from traditional Eastern philosophies and is now becoming widely incorporated into western settings. Mindfulness is defined as:

“Paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to things as they are” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1990).

Mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy exercises have been combined to form a new approach to working with distress called Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). This is increasingly recommended for a diverse range of psychological and physical health problems and is included in National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Guidelines (NICE) for depression.

MBCT increases our capacity to be more present more of the time, increasing opportunities for happiness and pleasure, as well as enabling us to notice and let go of negative thoughts and feelings, leading to lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

Skills learnt during MBCT

MBCT helps us recognise unhelpful patterns of reacting to events within our lives. Through meditation and cognitive therapy, we learn to disentangle ourselves from negative thinking, and to let go of automatic and habitual tendencies to ‘overthink’, worry and brood on problems. MBCT raises awareness of these processes, and the skills needed to positively change this.

MBCT can help us to be better able to:

  • Be more present more of the time, increasing opportunities for happiness and pleasure
  • Stand back from distressing thoughts and feelings
  • Recognise early warning signs of stress and take helpful action
  • Put less effort into trying to ‘fix' things and strive for results
  • Be kinder and more gentle towards ourselves

Mindfulness courses in Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Mindfulness courses are now being offered in Southwell, running for eight weeks at the Old Courthouse, Burgage Green, Southwell. The Mindfulness courses are taught by Dr Tim Sweeney who has extensive experience of teaching and training in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy both in the UK and internationally. He works as the clinical lead for a NHS mindfulness service overseeing the training and delivery of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to people with a range of health problems including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, cancer and stress.

He also works as a teacher and trainer for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (http://www.oxfordmindfulness.org/) and is registered with the UK Mindfulness Teachers’ Network. He is involved in several research projects investigating the impact of mindfulness and has completed a PhD studying the relationship between mindfulness and mood with the University of Nottingham.

The eight week course costs £200, which includes the handbook and a CD of guided meditations.

 

recommended reading

Overcoming Depression

Overcoming Depression: A Self-Help Guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

(2000) by Paul Gilbert. Published by Constable and Robinson Ltd. More Info

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Dr Tim Sweeney

Dr Tim Sweeney

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