Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Counselling in Edinburgh

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Dr Christoph Zwolan
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH7
I take an integrative approach to therapy, combining CBT, Person-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, and my own experience in meditation, breathwork, and transpersonal psychology.
As a Senior Counselling Psychologist and Psychedelic Integration Therapist, I specialize in preparing and guiding individuals through psychedelic experiences. Whether you've had them before or are planning to, I can help you approach these states with a healthy mindset and integrate the insights gained into your daily life. I can assist in making sense of these ambiguous experiences and offer psychotherapy to address any challenges or concerns you may have. Let me help you on your path to personal growth and transformation.
I take an integrative approach to therapy, combining CBT, Person-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, and my own experience in meditation, breathwork, and transpersonal psychology.
As a Senior Counselling Psychologist and Psychedelic Integration Therapist, I specialize in preparing and guiding individuals through psychedelic experiences. Whether you've had them before or are planning to, I can help you approach these states with a healthy mindset and integrate the insights gained into your daily life. I can assist in making sense of these ambiguous experiences and offer psychotherapy to address any challenges or concerns you may have. Let me help you on your path to personal growth and transformation.
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Dr Corinna Panagou - Trauma Therapist
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH8  (Online Only)
Warm welcome, I'm Corinna, an academic and a registered Clinical Psychologist with doctoral-level training in evidence-based therapies, and a profound interest in trauma, and relationship issues. I bring extensive experience from diverse NHS settings, working with various age groups. My integrative approach includes CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, ACT, Schema Therapy, and DBT, enriched by psychodynamic insights. I am also trained in Flash and EMDR for trauma. I combine therapies for a personalized and tailored approach to each client's unique needs.
Warm welcome, I'm Corinna, an academic and a registered Clinical Psychologist with doctoral-level training in evidence-based therapies, and a profound interest in trauma, and relationship issues. I bring extensive experience from diverse NHS settings, working with various age groups. My integrative approach includes CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, ACT, Schema Therapy, and DBT, enriched by psychodynamic insights. I am also trained in Flash and EMDR for trauma. I combine therapies for a personalized and tailored approach to each client's unique needs.
01764 915852 View 01764 915852
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Space for the Soul
Counsellor, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Life can be stressful. Balancing the pressure of our commitments with our desire for health, happiness and authenticity can feel exhausting or even impossible. We all need to slow down and carve out some space in our lives to connect with our inner selves and the deeper meaning beyond our everyday existence. I offer a holistic approach to counselling and therapy, combining evidence based practice with holistic tools such as mindfulness, meditation, somatic experiencing, self-care, personal and spiritual growth. I am committed to a deepening path of open-hearted living and self discovery.
Life can be stressful. Balancing the pressure of our commitments with our desire for health, happiness and authenticity can feel exhausting or even impossible. We all need to slow down and carve out some space in our lives to connect with our inner selves and the deeper meaning beyond our everyday existence. I offer a holistic approach to counselling and therapy, combining evidence based practice with holistic tools such as mindfulness, meditation, somatic experiencing, self-care, personal and spiritual growth. I am committed to a deepening path of open-hearted living and self discovery.
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Corina Valdano
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
I hold a master's degree in Third Generation Therapies and draw from a diverse range of evidence-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Behavioral Activation (BA), and Counseling Skills.
If you're going through tough times like anxiety, stress, depression, difficult relationships, grief, trauma, self-esteem, or body image issues, it's important to have a safe and understanding space where you can freely express yourself and work towards finding solutions. I have the expertise and skills to provide professional support and help alleviate your emotional suffering, leading to positive changes in your life. Feeling overwhelmed by intense emotions, challenging relationships, or being stuck in life can be really hard. Taking the brave step of seeking help shows your commitment to improving your situation.
I hold a master's degree in Third Generation Therapies and draw from a diverse range of evidence-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Behavioral Activation (BA), and Counseling Skills.
If you're going through tough times like anxiety, stress, depression, difficult relationships, grief, trauma, self-esteem, or body image issues, it's important to have a safe and understanding space where you can freely express yourself and work towards finding solutions. I have the expertise and skills to provide professional support and help alleviate your emotional suffering, leading to positive changes in your life. Feeling overwhelmed by intense emotions, challenging relationships, or being stuck in life can be really hard. Taking the brave step of seeking help shows your commitment to improving your situation.
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Tracy Williams Therapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I offer a wide variety of services including individual counselling and psychotherapy, couples therapy, teens and young adults counselling, family counselling, online therapy, mindfulness education, substance misuse and behavioural addictions therapy, support for family and friends and corporate mindfulness.
I have an open, friendly and supportive manner, backed by my academic qualifications and many years of experience. I am trained in clinical psychology and holds both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in this area. I hold an MSc in Marriage, Family and Child Counselling. I also holds professional qualifications, and am highly experienced in working with alcohol and drug abuse. In addition I am a visiting lecturer for PhD students completing their final year at Glasgow's Caledonian University, and delivers mindfulness training to individuals, groups and businesses. ​
I offer a wide variety of services including individual counselling and psychotherapy, couples therapy, teens and young adults counselling, family counselling, online therapy, mindfulness education, substance misuse and behavioural addictions therapy, support for family and friends and corporate mindfulness.
I have an open, friendly and supportive manner, backed by my academic qualifications and many years of experience. I am trained in clinical psychology and holds both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in this area. I hold an MSc in Marriage, Family and Child Counselling. I also holds professional qualifications, and am highly experienced in working with alcohol and drug abuse. In addition I am a visiting lecturer for PhD students completing their final year at Glasgow's Caledonian University, and delivers mindfulness training to individuals, groups and businesses. ​
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Frances Brown
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I draw on a range of models and approaches, such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), EMDR, Mindfulness, Systemic and Attachment Theory.
I'm Frances, a Clinical Psychologist working part time in private practice. I work primarily with children and young people who are experiencing emotional difficulties and families who feel they are in unhelpful patterns of interactions. I also work with adults who have a range of mental health issues, such as anxiety, low mood, OCD, phobias, and trauma. I work in a collaborative way, supporting you to find alternative ways to manage stressful events and emotions, in order to achieve your goals and improve relationships.
I draw on a range of models and approaches, such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), EMDR, Mindfulness, Systemic and Attachment Theory.
I'm Frances, a Clinical Psychologist working part time in private practice. I work primarily with children and young people who are experiencing emotional difficulties and families who feel they are in unhelpful patterns of interactions. I also work with adults who have a range of mental health issues, such as anxiety, low mood, OCD, phobias, and trauma. I work in a collaborative way, supporting you to find alternative ways to manage stressful events and emotions, in order to achieve your goals and improve relationships.
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Paulina Bak
Counsellor, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH9
I interweave elements of Mindfulness with my practice and I also offer 8-week MBSR and MBCT courses.
I am UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapeutic counsellor. I have completed a 4 year course in Gestalt psychotherapy in Edinburgh Gestalt Institute between 2013-2017. I am fully insured and as a member of GPTI and UKCP I subscribe to their codes of ethics. I continue my professional development through participating in advanced psychotherapeutic workshops, trainings and courses.
I interweave elements of Mindfulness with my practice and I also offer 8-week MBSR and MBCT courses.
I am UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapeutic counsellor. I have completed a 4 year course in Gestalt psychotherapy in Edinburgh Gestalt Institute between 2013-2017. I am fully insured and as a member of GPTI and UKCP I subscribe to their codes of ethics. I continue my professional development through participating in advanced psychotherapeutic workshops, trainings and courses.
01764 915920 View 01764 915920
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Tracy Balfour
DCounsPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH10
I am a qualified counsellor with an advanced diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I also have a certificate in Hypnotherapy and mindfulness. In addition to working with adults, I have over twenty years experience working with young people and adults. I offer a safe and welcoming environment for you to share any of the issues that are effecting you.
I am a qualified counsellor with an advanced diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I also have a certificate in Hypnotherapy and mindfulness. In addition to working with adults, I have over twenty years experience working with young people and adults. I offer a safe and welcoming environment for you to share any of the issues that are effecting you.
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Fiona Masson - Anxiety Specialist, CBT, SFBT
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6  (Online Only)
I am a qualified CBT and Solution Focused Therapist, incorporating coaching skills, mindfulness, guided imagery and relaxation.
My clients range from those experiencing low level worry and anxiety to more debilitating feelings of panic and fear (including panic attacks). I provide a blended approach of CBT and Solution Focused Therapy and will teach you the best tools and strategies to get you through this difficult time and out the other side. I also include a Coaching element, as good therapy is not just about moving away from problems, it is also about building a better future. Let's face it - life is too short to waste it lying awake at 3am worrying! It's time to take action.
I am a qualified CBT and Solution Focused Therapist, incorporating coaching skills, mindfulness, guided imagery and relaxation.
My clients range from those experiencing low level worry and anxiety to more debilitating feelings of panic and fear (including panic attacks). I provide a blended approach of CBT and Solution Focused Therapy and will teach you the best tools and strategies to get you through this difficult time and out the other side. I also include a Coaching element, as good therapy is not just about moving away from problems, it is also about building a better future. Let's face it - life is too short to waste it lying awake at 3am worrying! It's time to take action.
0131 381 5595 View 0131 381 5595
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Vasiliki Pyrgidou
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH8
Sometimes we just need someone to talk to, someone to listen to us in an open hearted way, without judging us. When we are feeling distressed and upset it can be very hard to know who to contact, and to make this first important step to get in touch. I offer trauma informed and awareness based psychotherapeutic practice in the form of Core Process Psychotherapy. I integrate therapeutic skills, knowledge and understanding that are evolving on an open ended inquiry in the fields of mindfulness and psychological trauma.
Sometimes we just need someone to talk to, someone to listen to us in an open hearted way, without judging us. When we are feeling distressed and upset it can be very hard to know who to contact, and to make this first important step to get in touch. I offer trauma informed and awareness based psychotherapeutic practice in the form of Core Process Psychotherapy. I integrate therapeutic skills, knowledge and understanding that are evolving on an open ended inquiry in the fields of mindfulness and psychological trauma.
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NourishPsychology
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH14
Mindfulness and Health Behaviour Change can help to make small sustainable changes in your day-to-day habits and behaviours, to help you live life more in line with your values and with less food-related struggle.
I offer a service to people looking for help to: manage their weight, to manage stress and emotional struggles and to engage in positive habits and reduce unhelpful habits to improve health and well-being. You may have struggled in your relationship with food for many years and would now like help to make life-long changes for better health and so that you can be slimmer and/ or fitter. You may have experience of: physical health conditions and pain, mental health problems and/or trauma during your childhood and/or in adulthood
Mindfulness and Health Behaviour Change can help to make small sustainable changes in your day-to-day habits and behaviours, to help you live life more in line with your values and with less food-related struggle.
I offer a service to people looking for help to: manage their weight, to manage stress and emotional struggles and to engage in positive habits and reduce unhelpful habits to improve health and well-being. You may have struggled in your relationship with food for many years and would now like help to make life-long changes for better health and so that you can be slimmer and/ or fitter. You may have experience of: physical health conditions and pain, mental health problems and/or trauma during your childhood and/or in adulthood
0131 381 2064 View 0131 381 2064
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Dr Emma Williams (EmPsych Ltd)
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH2  (Online Only)
I am trained and a variety of psychological therapies including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness and Medical Hypnosis.
Hi! I'm Dr Emma Williams, Clinical Psychologist and Director of EmPsych limited. People come to me for therapy for help to manage a range of emotional and physical difficulties. I specialise in trauma therapy, adjustment to physical health difficulties, adjustment to and rehabilitation from neurological conditions including Functional Neurological Disorder (FND).
I am trained and a variety of psychological therapies including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness and Medical Hypnosis.
Hi! I'm Dr Emma Williams, Clinical Psychologist and Director of EmPsych limited. People come to me for therapy for help to manage a range of emotional and physical difficulties. I specialise in trauma therapy, adjustment to physical health difficulties, adjustment to and rehabilitation from neurological conditions including Functional Neurological Disorder (FND).
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Samantha Bennett
MSc
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I am an experienced and qualified psychological therapist and coach, trained in CBT, mindfulness, CFT, ACT, PP.
Are you are fed up struggling with your insecurities and never feeling good enough? Have you had enough of living in fear and not feeling truly happy? Are you looking for change but not sure how to do it? Working with a professional can help you to set clear goals to overcome your difficulties. You can be happier by working out what is holding you back. You can learn tools to better manage your emotions and the stresses in your life.
I am an experienced and qualified psychological therapist and coach, trained in CBT, mindfulness, CFT, ACT, PP.
Are you are fed up struggling with your insecurities and never feeling good enough? Have you had enough of living in fear and not feeling truly happy? Are you looking for change but not sure how to do it? Working with a professional can help you to set clear goals to overcome your difficulties. You can be happier by working out what is holding you back. You can learn tools to better manage your emotions and the stresses in your life.
0131 510 2479 View 0131 510 2479
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BeeSan Psychotherapy and Counselling Services
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
I use breath work, mindfulness, body work and somatic approaches where necessary as i believe in their ability to help ground and bring awareness to our bodies.
Starting therapy may seem daunting at first as we try to make sense of our world, thoughts, feelings and emotions. We might be repeating patterns of behaviour in our present lives due to past experiences and patterns. I want to help you shift mental blocks, untangle complex emotions, resolve issues and reveal new perspectives. Whether it’s self-development, addressing emotional and psychological issues, or processing traumatic events, I will work with you to help you become more integrated in yourself. I offer both online and in-person appointments in the centre of Edinburgh where we will work together to help you achieve your goal.
I use breath work, mindfulness, body work and somatic approaches where necessary as i believe in their ability to help ground and bring awareness to our bodies.
Starting therapy may seem daunting at first as we try to make sense of our world, thoughts, feelings and emotions. We might be repeating patterns of behaviour in our present lives due to past experiences and patterns. I want to help you shift mental blocks, untangle complex emotions, resolve issues and reveal new perspectives. Whether it’s self-development, addressing emotional and psychological issues, or processing traumatic events, I will work with you to help you become more integrated in yourself. I offer both online and in-person appointments in the centre of Edinburgh where we will work together to help you achieve your goal.
0131 381 8083 View 0131 381 8083
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Monika Trojanowska
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
In addition to cognitive work, we can also practice Mindfulness, relaxation techniques based on breathing and short guided meditations.
I am a CBT therapist and I can help you if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship problems, addictions and many more. Maybe you would like to cope with your emotions better or make decisions more consciously and live with less fear? Maybe you want to be more compassionate or more self- confident, or think about how to reach out for what you consider important and valuable? If you have decided to reach for therapy, it may mean that you are already tired of avoidance and anger, and you feel that you want to look at your problems from a different perspective and learn new skills.
In addition to cognitive work, we can also practice Mindfulness, relaxation techniques based on breathing and short guided meditations.
I am a CBT therapist and I can help you if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship problems, addictions and many more. Maybe you would like to cope with your emotions better or make decisions more consciously and live with less fear? Maybe you want to be more compassionate or more self- confident, or think about how to reach out for what you consider important and valuable? If you have decided to reach for therapy, it may mean that you are already tired of avoidance and anger, and you feel that you want to look at your problems from a different perspective and learn new skills.
0131 381 3423 View 0131 381 3423
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Pauline Bell
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH7  (Online Only)
I work with people for both short & long-term therapy & use a range of approaches including person-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based approaches.
I work with individuals (16+) experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, life-transitions & relationship difficulties. Whatever your concerns, I believe that therapy can be an important tool in helping us to understand our thoughts, feelings, choices & experiences better. When we can do this, we are better equipped to make the choices that are right for us and to live in more satisfying ways. If you are struggling with something in your life, talking it through in a confidential space with a trained and experienced listener can help make sense of problems, offer new perspectives & clarify choices.
I work with people for both short & long-term therapy & use a range of approaches including person-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based approaches.
I work with individuals (16+) experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, life-transitions & relationship difficulties. Whatever your concerns, I believe that therapy can be an important tool in helping us to understand our thoughts, feelings, choices & experiences better. When we can do this, we are better equipped to make the choices that are right for us and to live in more satisfying ways. If you are struggling with something in your life, talking it through in a confidential space with a trained and experienced listener can help make sense of problems, offer new perspectives & clarify choices.
0131 378 8335 View 0131 378 8335
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Evolve CBT
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH11
I have advanced clinical training in Compassion-Focused Therapy, MBCT mindfulness training and I am an accredited coach, which enables me to offer a more personalised and integrative approach for clients.
Do you feel stressed or have problems coping? Are your thoughts making you feel anxious or bringing your mood down? Sometimes we need help to make sense of why we think, feel, and behave the way we do. My name is Helen-Marie and I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC). CBT is a problem-focused therapy that shows how your thinking can affect your feelings and behaviours. You will learn new skills and positive coping strategies which can help you achieve your goals and make long-term changes in your life. It is important that we work together at your pace to achieve your goals.
I have advanced clinical training in Compassion-Focused Therapy, MBCT mindfulness training and I am an accredited coach, which enables me to offer a more personalised and integrative approach for clients.
Do you feel stressed or have problems coping? Are your thoughts making you feel anxious or bringing your mood down? Sometimes we need help to make sense of why we think, feel, and behave the way we do. My name is Helen-Marie and I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC). CBT is a problem-focused therapy that shows how your thinking can affect your feelings and behaviours. You will learn new skills and positive coping strategies which can help you achieve your goals and make long-term changes in your life. It is important that we work together at your pace to achieve your goals.
0131 510 2783 View 0131 510 2783
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Liezl Laidlaw
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
As an ADHDer and registered therapist, I love supporting other ADHDers using CBT and Mindfulness to find new ways to improve how they live, love, work and play.
Have you had enough of the difficulties ADHD, Anxiety, or Panic are causing in your life? Issues with work, relationships, physical signs of stress, sleep loss, addictive behaviours, or just no peace!? Clients consistently express the relief they feel after airing it all with someone impartial and they describe how hope and confidence follows from the tools and strategies they gain. If you benefit from working to a plan aiming at a goal, let's look at where all these difficulties started and find the best approach for your current circumstances, together.
As an ADHDer and registered therapist, I love supporting other ADHDers using CBT and Mindfulness to find new ways to improve how they live, love, work and play.
Have you had enough of the difficulties ADHD, Anxiety, or Panic are causing in your life? Issues with work, relationships, physical signs of stress, sleep loss, addictive behaviours, or just no peace!? Clients consistently express the relief they feel after airing it all with someone impartial and they describe how hope and confidence follows from the tools and strategies they gain. If you benefit from working to a plan aiming at a goal, let's look at where all these difficulties started and find the best approach for your current circumstances, together.
01835 340145 View 01835 340145
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Karlie Lam
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
I am qualified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher (Stage 1), SoulCollages facilitator, Cognitive Motor Training Facilitator, Message in School Facilitator, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Nagomi Art Advance instructor, etc.
I completed my first degree in the UK and returned to Hong Kong for further study. I grained my Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling in USA. Moved to the UK three years ago to continue my practice. I believe clients know the best of their own situation, as a therapist, my responsibility is provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment for them to look for the solutions or see things in different prospective, by accompanying and encouraging them when they needed it.
I am qualified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher (Stage 1), SoulCollages facilitator, Cognitive Motor Training Facilitator, Message in School Facilitator, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Nagomi Art Advance instructor, etc.
I completed my first degree in the UK and returned to Hong Kong for further study. I grained my Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling in USA. Moved to the UK three years ago to continue my practice. I believe clients know the best of their own situation, as a therapist, my responsibility is provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment for them to look for the solutions or see things in different prospective, by accompanying and encouraging them when they needed it.
01233 542787 View 01233 542787
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Richard Stiles
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
I combine presence practice and Mindfulness with therapy to help you be more in touch with the here and now.
Do you need to talk about something that’s on your mind? Would you like to stop repeating unhelpful patterns? Would you like to understand yourself better?
I combine presence practice and Mindfulness with therapy to help you be more in touch with the here and now.
Do you need to talk about something that’s on your mind? Would you like to stop repeating unhelpful patterns? Would you like to understand yourself better?
01276 539433 View 01276 539433

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Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Counsellors

How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy originated in the work of John Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He developed mindfulness-based stress reduction, which is a technique found in yoga and meditation. MBCT is a combination of this type of stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy; it essentially quiets emotional distress through mindfulness, utilizing proper breathing and meditation. These techniques aim to bring the individual into the present moment when in a state of distress.

When do I know if I need treatment with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

If an individual’s mind is filled with emotional distress and general negativity, the person may feel trapped. A mindfulness-based cognitive therapist can help a person change their thinking patterns as well as their behaviour through calm acceptance and compassion. This therapy can provide an individual with the coping skills needed for a healthier and more constructive life.

What should I expect from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

This therapy often takes place in group sessions. A therapist will work with the group as well as with each individual. Meditation and breathing exercises are core practices that aim to invite inquiry and discovery into a person’s troubled mental state. The objective is to identify and lessen negative thoughts and behaviours and move toward optimal health and productivity. The individual will see life in a more realistic way. This therapy is supportive, accepting, and warm.

Is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy effective?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is evidence-based and effective. One study found that people with major depressive disorder have benefitted from this type of therapy; the person accepts their distressed thoughts and also moves into healthier patterns of thinking. This therapy also aims to move an individual away from automatic negative responses. This type of therapy can bring a person lifelong change, with higher levels of satisfaction, less stress, as well as positive emotional and behavioural habits.