In a nutshell, mindfulness is about focusing on the present. In focusing on the present, you are able to respond more clearly to the difficulties and issues you may be faced with in your life. Mindfulness is a practice which supports to pay full attention without judgement, to what is going on in your thoughts and feelings, and outside of you.
Although mindfulness is an ancient practice, researchers are now performing studies that suggest that it reduces stress, and helps treat many physical and mental health problems.
You may find that you are taking up a lot of time thinking about what has happened in the past, or worrying about what might happen in the future. Here’s the thing – we can’t change the past, and we can’t predict the future, but we spend a huge amount of time in both of these places, and missing out on many valuable experiences. Mindfulness is being adapted to fit with mainstream life.
All of us at times, will be faced with difficult feelings, emotions and experiences. Most of the time, we might be able to cope fine without any professional support, but at times in our lives, some of these feelings or experiences can become overwhelming. I work with clients to assist them to develop new strategies incorporating Mindfulness practice that will support them to deal more effectively with the difficulties and issues they are faced with. Scientific research is showing that regular Mindfulness practice can help you improve and deal with:
- Chronic pain
- Physical health-related problems
- Negative thinking
- Grief and loss
- Adjustment Disorder
- Sleep problems
- Time management (procrastination)
WHEN SHOULD I GET PROFESSIONAL HELP?
If you are finding that your feelings, emotions and experiences are overwhelming you, or they are getting in the way of the things you normally do, or they are impacting on your relationships, family life, functioning or work; then it is worth seeking some professional support.
I provide individual and/or group sessions to teach you the skills to deal effectively with the difficulties and issues you are facing. If you are finding that you are trying to deal with the issues, and that you need support with specific or complex issues, you may be eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP which will entitle you to up to ten appointments under Medicare subsidisation. You will need to see your GP for a referral prior to your appointment.
Courses are offered at various times throughout the year (see Workshops tab).
The course will help you to develop a greater sense of psychological and physical well-being. The six week course offers a balance of theory, practice and room for discussion, and includes:
- What is Mindfulness?
- How STRESS operates
- The benefits and mechanics of practice
- Mindful Self Compassion
- Formal and Informal practice
- Barriers to maintaining self-practice
- Sustainable practice – what happens when the course ends?