Coaching

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”  

Carl Rogers

 

It’s so much easier to learn new skills and instil new habits with some support and accountability, so if you are unable to attend one of the group courses then mindfulness coaching may be for you.

Working  one-to-one online via zoom or face to face with arrangement, you’ll have access to:

  • Training in a number of formal and informal mindfulness techniques including the body scan, sitting meditation, mindful hatha yoga, mindful walking, eating meditation, metta or loving kindness meditation, plus many more
  • A safe space to inquire into your practice and explore themes in your life
  • Instant answers to your questions as your practice develops
  • Sessions that have been adapted to meet your individual needs and interests including psycho-educational training in understanding the nervous system, the stress response, how to relate to thoughts differently, breathing techniques, etc.
  • Access to all the valuable hints and tips I have gained not only from my own 15+ years personal mindfulness practice but also the thorough training I have completed and my ongoing professional development
  • Support as you develop more nurturing habits in your life

 

Choose from:

  • Individual 60/90 or 120 minute mindfulness coaching sessions either pre-booked or on an ad hoc basis as needed
  • A more structured format based on either an introductory course or the longer gold standard Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy courses 

 

Frequently asked questions

How many sessions do I need?

Everyone comes to mindfulness with different aims and needs so an initial discussion will help identify the best option.

You may choose to follow an evidence-based mindfulness course structure such as the MBSR or MBCT structure so the sessions will last around 10 sessions or you may chose a more bespoke option which may be shorter or longer depending on your needs.

Can I book individual sessions?

Can I book individual sessions?

Yes. Individual sessions can be arranged as and when you feel you need them, either face to face, phone or Skype.

Can mindfulness work for me?

Yes. Mindfulness coaching can benefit anyone. No matter what you are going through right now, you can start to experience positive shifts within your life. You don’t need to be religious or spiritual to benefit from mindfulness.

How will Mindfulness Coaching help me?

Mindfulness Coaching enables you to deeply understand your own thoughts, emotions and behaviours though the practice of mindfulness and see how they affect you and the world around you. It is a means of enabling individuals to develop their own capabilities and in doing so to maximise their potential.

Do I need Mindfulness coaching?

Nobody needs it, however it is for people who want to realise their full potential and are ready to invest in themselves. Mindfulness Coaching enables you to discover more about yourself and develop the vision and goals that will make a real difference to your life.

Do I need to be fit for the yoga element of the course?

Hatha yoga forms an integral part of mindfulness-based programs. Unlike in a regular yoga class, the emphasis is not on perfect form or being super flexible when practising mindful yoga it is about working up to your ‘edges’ and ‘being with’ whatever is present in the body moment-to-moment. It’s a chance to become intimate with your body’s felt sense.

Benefits of Mindfulness

These benefits are backed by rigorous scientific research, see below for further reading and links to relevant research.

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Reduces stress levels and increases our ability to respond to stressors instead of habitually reacting

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Relieves the symptoms of a range of anxiety disorders including social anxiety

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Helps reduce the likelihood of the re-occurrence of depression

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Relieves the symptoms of a range of anxiety disorders including social anxiety

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Boosts our immune system’s ability to fight off illness

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Helps us become aware of, and manage our emotions more effectively

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Lowers our heart rate and blood pressure which is thought to reduce the risk of heart attacks

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Helps us become aware of and manage our emotions more effectively

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Increases our sense of wellbeing

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Helps us become aware of our negative habits and helps us develop more positive ones

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Re-wires our brains (neuroplasticity) in areas linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation and empathy

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Improves our relationships and reduces feelings of loneliness

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Enhances our creativity and problem solving skills

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Re-wires our brains (neuroplasticity) in areas linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation and empathy

Key Research Papers

  • The Effect of Mindfulness-Based Therapy on Anxiety and Depression: A Meta-Analytic Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2848393/
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction for stress management in healthy people: a review and meta-analysis https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19432513/
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health benefits. A meta-analysis https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15256293/
  • Meditation, mindfulness and executive control: the importance of emotional acceptance and brain-based performance monitoring https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22507824/
  • Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Emotion Regulation in Social Anxiety Disorder https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4203918/
  • Now Does Mindfulness Meditation Work? Proposing Mechanisms of Action From a Conceptual and Neural Perspective https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1745691611419671
  • Neural correlates of attentional expertise in long-term meditation practitioners https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.0606552104
  • Stepping out of history: Mindfulness improves insight problem solving https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22483682/
  • Meditate to create: The Impact of  Focused attention and Open-monitoring meditation on Convergent and Divergent Thinking https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3328799/
  • Effectiveness of a meditation-based stress reduction program in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Kabat-Zinn J, Massion AO, Kristeller J, Peterson LG, Fletcher KE, Pbert L, Lenderking WR, Santorelli SF. Am J Psychiatry. 1992 Jul;149(7):936-43. doi: 10.1176/ajp.149.7.936. PMID: 1609875.
  • Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Hölzel BK, Carmody J, Vangel M, Congleton C, Yerramsetti SM, Gard T, Lazar SW. Psychiatry Res. 2011 Jan 30;191(1):36-43. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2010.08.006. Epub 2010 Nov 10. PMID: 21071182; PMCID: PMC3004979.
  • The efficacy of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as a public mental health intervention for adults with mild to moderate depressive symptomatology: a randomized controlled trial. Pots WT, Meulenbeek PA, Veehof MM, Klungers J, Bohlmeijer ET.PLoS One. 2014 Oct 15;9(10):e109789. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109789. PMID: 25333885; PMCID: PMC4198116.
  • Intensive meditation training improves perceptual discrimination and sustained attention. MacLean KA, Ferrer E, Aichele SR, Bridwell DA, Zanesco AP, Jacobs TL, King BG, Rosenberg EL, Sahdra BK, Shaver PR, Wallace BA, Mangun GR, Saron CD.Psychol Sci. 2010 Jun;21(6):829-39. doi: 10.1177/0956797610371339. Epub 2010 May 11. PMID: 20483826; PMCID: PMC3132583.

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