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Mindfulness and Meditation at Harley Street Counselling

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness aims to reconnect us with ourselves to alleviate stress. It also helps us to feel more attuned with our emotions and generally more aware of ourselves both mentally and physically.

Mindfulness is a specific way of paying attention to what is happening in our lives in the present moment, as it truly is. Of course it won’t eliminate life’s pressures – but with practice it can help us take notice of (and hopefully stop) negative, habitual reactions to everyday stress.

The most common way this technique is practiced is through mindfulness meditation. This usually involves practitioners focusing on sights, sounds and physical sensations while trying to reduce ‘brain chatter’. Some people struggle with mindfulness meditation at first, finding it hard to focus their attention, but this is to be expected and may require practice. Practicing the technique regularly can help people take a step back, acknowledge their ‘brain chatter’ and view it accurately and without judgement.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR looks to help people cope with stress using mindfulness techniques such as gentle stretching, mindfulness meditation and other mind-body exercises. The aim is to offer a greater clarity on what is happening, to help people recognise stress triggers and deal with them in a productive manner. According to the Mental Health Foundation, the majority of those who take part in MBSR courses are reported to feel more engaged in work, less anxious and have fewer physical symptoms of stress.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Designed specifically to help those prone to recurring depression, MBCT combines mindfulness techniques (such as meditation, stretching and breathing exercises) with elements of  cognitive therapy that help break negative thought patterns.

As well as helping those with recurrent depression, this therapy has been proven to help with a variety of mental health issues, including:

  • addiction
  • anxiety disorders
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • insomnia
  • obsessive compulsive disorders

Benefits of Mindfulness

Since the concept of mindfulness arrived in the west in the 1970s the claimed benefits have been substantiated by several clinical studies. The aim of mindfulness is to help individuals do the following:

  • recognise, slow down or even stop negative, habitual reactions
  • see situations with more clarity
  • respond more effectively to situations
  • enhance creativity
  • feel more balanced at work and at home.
  • reduced anxiety
  • Better quality of sleep
  • Few negative feelings, including tension, anger and depression
  • Improvements in physical conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome
  • decrease sickness absence
  • improve productivity

According to the Mental Health Foundation, studies looking at the effectiveness of MBSR have reported that nearly three quarters of GPs have said they feel all patients would benefit by learning mindfulness meditation.

PSYCHOTHERAPY LONDON HARLEY STREET

The overall aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity for the client to work towards living life in a way he or she experiences as more satisfying and resourceful. Counselling may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insight and knowledge, working through feelings, inner conflict, or improving relationship with others.

At Harley Street Counselling we provide help and management with the following issues:

  • Body and physical acceptance
  • Eating disorders
  • Fears, phobias
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Work related stress
  • Sexual Health Issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Separation/Divorce
  • Difficulties making decision(s)
  • Addictions
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Panic -Attacks
  • Depression
  • Suicide and suicidal thoughts
  • Low self esteem/Confidence

Sessions at Harley Street Counselling are strictly confidential and complete discretion is assured.

What to Expect

After an initial appointment in Harley Street, there is no obligation to continue if you do not wish to. You and I may use the time to examine the life difficulties for which you are considering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling, Humanistic Therapy, Integrative Therapy or Psychotherapy. I will address any questions you may have. You can see how you feel working with me. You and I will then be able to decide if my mental health practice is right for you.

The Integrative Counselling approaches I use:

Counselling

Counselling centres on listening to you, and assisting you. You determine what issue concerning your childhood and/or adulthood you discuss. An objective of Counselling is to help you to talk about a difficulty and discover a solution that is appropriate for you.

Integrative Therapy

Integrative Therapy combines therapeutic approaches to fit your needs and the issues you experience. It considers your subjective experience and choices. The aim of Integrative Therapy is to help you develop your self-understanding.

Humanistic Therapy

Humanistic Therapy focuses on valuing you. It sees you as a whole human being and prioritises your personal growth. Humanistic Therapy aims to help you recognise your autonomy.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you obtaining insight into the problems you face. It explores your thoughts, feelings and significant moments in your life. Psychotherapy intends to help you develop or find appropriate methods of coping.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy concentrates on how your thoughts (cognitions) influence your feelings and behaviour. It recognises and addresses unhelpful thoughts that perpetuate the problems you experience. The aim of CBT is for you to experience healthier thoughts and feelings.

Chris Stavri, Counsellor and Supervisor at Harley Street Counselling.

To arrange an appointment, please either call Tel: 020 8366 8077 or fill the form below, and someone will contact you very soon.

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