What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of coming back to the present moment. Anxiety (worry about the future) and depression (sadness about the past) take us away from the present moment. Mindfulness helps to alleviate the pain of anxiety and depression by focusing on the here & now.
Mindfulness is already helping millions of people to reduce their Anxiety, Stress, Depression and to free them from their Addiction.
Mindfulness is the bringing together of the latest understandings from modern science and several forms of meditation that have been shown to be clinically effective within mainstream medicine and psychology. This new and powerful synthesis of these different ways of knowing the mind and body can help you make a radical shift in how you relate to your thoughts and feelings. Through this shift we can break out of the downward spirals that often lead to stress, depression or physical difficulties i.e. pain.
What Problems Can Mindfulness Help With?
There are two main types of Mindfulness Therapy:
Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy or MBCT
MBCT is used to treat depression particularly when Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT Therapy) or anti-depressants have been tried but the depression remains. Mindfulness teaches us to break out of the downward spiral of mood so that it does not lead to depression.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or MBSR.
MBSR is used to assist people with managing and coping with stress in their daily lives. Mindfulness creates a space and energy that helps us to overcome stress and to approach everyday life with a positive mind-set.
Mindfulness Therapy is Proven to Work
A study of a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course in a US inner-city bi-lingual MBSR Clinic reported a reduction in psychiatric symptoms (by 50%), anxiety (by 70%), medical symptoms (by 44%) and a substantial reduction in GP visits (Roth & Creaser, 1997).
Participants in a workplace MBSR programme study reported a 31% decrease in psychological distress. The improvements were even greater at three month follow-up (Wlliams 2006).
Mindfulness Therapy at our London Clinic – What to Expect?
Mindfulness therapy is taught at our clinic in Canary Wharf, London over 8 weeks, individually or in groups using eating, moving, sitting meditations and exercises with participants also practicing at home.
Mindfulness therapy is simply a way of training the mind. It doesn’t require any religious or spiritual beliefs and none are taught in the therapy.