Recent reports have highlighted Mindfulness, a meditative technique aimed at focussing the mind on the present moment, can produce measurable improvements in symptoms of anxiety and depression, and alleviate feelings of stress and enhance the quality of life.
NICE, ( National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has approved Mindfulness CBT for the management of recurrent depression in the NHS. Unfortunately most of our local Clinical Commissioning Groups are not commissioning Mindfulness CBT.
Ruby Wax, the former comedienne, has now studied and retrained in Mindfulness and written about it in her book “Sane New World”. Her professor Mark Williams at Oxford University calls it “ a direct knowing of what is going on inside and outside of ourselves, moment by moment.”
Joy Scholes has studied Mindfulness CBT at the renowned Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy, which for years was the only centre providing training in CBT and Mindfulness CBT.
She has provided a course in Mindfulness for Stress Reduction for Carers in Bedfordshire to help carers cope with their roles.
If you feel Mindfulness would be helpful for you, please contact Joy Scholes at Greenacre CBT to discuss undertaking a one to one programme. The programme requires a daily practice in order for the techniques to be effective.
It is hoped to run a Mindfulness CBT course locally in 2014 – watch the News link on the home page for further information.
“I found my sessions regarding anxiety really useful, then I did some Mindfulness and I was amazed how much it has helped me. I am much calmer and enjoy practicing the techniques. It was a great addition for me to have this as part of my therapy and so unexpected!” Female aged 61