Centre for Cognitive Therapy - Surrey

Mindfulness MBCT

Email: cognitive.therapist@yahoo.co.uk

Tel: 07909 408941
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Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a blend of two very different approaches — cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which focuses on changing our thoughts in order to change our behaviours, and the awareness practice of mindfulness, a process of identifying our thoughts on a moment-to-moment basis while trying not to pass judgment on them. While cognitive behavioural therapy has always emphasised the end result of change of one’s thoughts, mindfulness really looks at how a person thinks — the process of thinking — to help one be more effective in changing negative thoughts.

This is a newer (1979) add-on approach to traditional cognitive behavioural therapy and has recently gained more attention as people look to simplify their lives, and more people learn of the benefits of meditation.
It combines mindfulness techniques with elements from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to help break the negative thought patterns that are characteristic of anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is a potentially life-changing way to alter our feelings in positive ways, and an ever-expanding body of evidence shows that it really works.

MBCT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

What is Mindfulness?

‘Mindfulness’ is a hot topic in Western psychology: increasingly recognised as an effective way to reduce anxiety/stress, increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence, and effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings.

Although mindfulness has only recently been embraced by Western psychology, it is an ancient practice found in a wide range of Eastern philosophies. Mindfulness involves consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience with openness, interest, and receptiveness. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a world authority on the use of mindfulness training in the management of clinical problems, defines it as: "Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."
Mindfulness is about waking up, connecting with ourselves, and appreciating the fullness of each moment of life. Jon Kabat-Zinn calls it, "The art of conscious living." It is a profound way to enhance psychological and emotional resilience, and increase life satisfaction.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness helps you:

  • to be fully present, here and now
  • to experience unpleasant thoughts and feelings safely
  • to become aware of what you’re avoiding
  • to become more connected to yourself, to others and to the world around you
  • to increase self-awareness
  • to become less disturbed by and less reactive to unpleasant experiences
  • to learn the distinction between you and your thoughts
  • to have more direct contact with the world, rather than living through your thoughts
  • to learn that everything changes; that thoughts and feelings come and go like the weather
  • to have more balance, less emotional volatility
  • to experience more calm and peacefulness
  • to develop self-acceptance and self-compassion

Evidence

Mindfulness has been shown to affect how the brain works and even its structure. People undertaking mindfulness training have shown increased activity in the area of the brain associated with positive emotion – the pre-frontal cortex – which is generally less active in people who are depressed.

More than 100 studies have shown changes in brain wave activity during mindfulness and researchers have found that areas of the brain linked to emotional regulation are larger in people who have practiced mindfulness regularly for five years.

Research shows that Mindfulness can help with:

  • recurrent depression
  • anxiety disorders
  • phobias
  • stress
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Insomnia
  • chronic pain

 

Appointments:

Contact Christine on
Tel:
01737 244431
or
Hazel on:
Tel: 07909 408941

Email: cognitive.therapist@yahoo.co.uk

I am registered with the main body for cognitive behavioural therapists in the UK

 

CBT Register UK

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. We have almost 7,000 members - including nurses, trainees, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists. The BABCP is the only organisation which accredits CBT therapists.

 



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Reigate Community Centre - Tel: 01737 652256
 
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Reigate Methodist Church Community Centre, (Behind Morrisons Loading bay), 53 High St, Reigate Surrey, RH2 9AE (click here for map)
Satnav: use Postcode RH2 7BG and walk to behind Morrisons

The centre is located off the High Street, behind Reigate Methodist Church. It is accessible by foot from the High Street, and by car via the service road behind the shops - this can be reached either through Morrison's supermarket car-park, or from Park Lane (keep left after turning off High Street). Click on the map marker to access further detail and directions. The full address is

Reigate Community Centre - Tel: 01737 652256

53 High Street
Reigate
Surrey RH2 9AE

 

 
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