POSTPONED: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Programme: Jan - Mar 2021
OWING TO THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN, THE PROGRAMME HAS BEEN POSTPONED AS IT IS MOST BENEFICIAL DELIVERED FACE TO FACE. HOWEVER, PLEASE CONTACT DANIELLA TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR THE LATER DATE: firstname.lastname@example.org
An 8 week programme starting Monday the 18th January 2021 (plus one introductory session) every Monday for 2 hours which focuses on reflective and mindful practice for adults with:
Dr Vidarshi Karunaratne, BSc(Hons), MBChB, PhD, FRCOphth
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapist
Dates, Times & Venue:
9 Monday evenings from 4 to 6pm at Alderton Junior School, IG10 3HE:
18th and 25th January
1st, 8th, 22nd February (half term break w/c 15th)
1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd March
One full day silent retreat- venue to be confirmed.
Cost: £330 pp for the full programme
MBCT combines techniques like meditation and mindful movement with elements from cognitive behaviour therapy. Mark Williams' website on MBCT contains an excellent summary on mindfulness, it's effects, as well as a summary of the MBCT program (https://mbct.co.uk/).
MBCT addresses the negative effects of stress and trauma.
The practices can help reduce the physiological effects of the stress response, not just in the short term, but in the long term by changing our perception of our lives and how we approach our lives. It can help develop the internal teddy bear, allow individuals to regain a state of flow if disturbed and remain in that state. It can increase the window of tolerance and help us respond rather than react automatically to what occurs in our lives, help develop a greater sense of calm and equanimity, an increased sense of compassion towards themselves and others.
Over the last few years, there has been an exponential rise in scientific research and publications on a form of psychological intervention or training known as mindfulness. Mindfulness is now considered to be a well-research, non-religious and effective means to help alleviate stress, depression and anxiety. In 2016, the ever increasing interest in the subject prompted the UK Government to publish a report "The All-Party Parliamentary Group Mindful Nation UK Report. " This report summarizes some of the scientific evidence supporting mindfulness based practices and makes a series of recommendations including the introduction of mindfulness based interventions in the areas of health, education, the workplace and in the criminal justice system.