Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Counselling in North Berwick

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Lynn Artesse
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
North Berwick EH39
Individual & Couples Counselling & Clinical Supervision. “Life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change”. At times we can all feel anxious or uncertain of our future. Sometimes we need to make changes in order to improve our situation. However, the prospect of change can feel overwhelming, leaving us feeling disconnected, isolated and lonely. Hearing your thoughts out loud, with a professional, can be an opportunity to gain some clarity and begin the process of change. I truly believe that a small change in the way we think can make a big difference to the way we feel.
Individual & Couples Counselling & Clinical Supervision. “Life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change”. At times we can all feel anxious or uncertain of our future. Sometimes we need to make changes in order to improve our situation. However, the prospect of change can feel overwhelming, leaving us feeling disconnected, isolated and lonely. Hearing your thoughts out loud, with a professional, can be an opportunity to gain some clarity and begin the process of change. I truly believe that a small change in the way we think can make a big difference to the way we feel.
0131 510 3667 View 0131 510 3667
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Jen Tays
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
North Berwick EH39  (Online Only)
As a Registered Counsellor & Therapist I am here for you, to help you transform your relationship within your world, whether that be with people in general, work colleagues, your partner or your parents. I can help with anxiety and traumas, big or small and those in between. As a trained EMDR Consultant I work with children and adults. If you're not sure where your issues stem from, I will help you locate it and transform it or we instead focus on the present. I will work with you to find your optimum. I am in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Online.
As a Registered Counsellor & Therapist I am here for you, to help you transform your relationship within your world, whether that be with people in general, work colleagues, your partner or your parents. I can help with anxiety and traumas, big or small and those in between. As a trained EMDR Consultant I work with children and adults. If you're not sure where your issues stem from, I will help you locate it and transform it or we instead focus on the present. I will work with you to find your optimum. I am in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Online.
07533 063278 View 07533 063278
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Lisa Long
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
North Berwick EH39  (Online Only)
I offer online psychotherapy (between my offices in Edinburgh and Barcelona) to men and women going through their midlife years, using evidence-based tools and therapeutic techniques to work through your thoughts and emotions during this often challenging chapter. I am an expert in anxiety and psychological perimenopause health. I also offer sessions for low mood, self-esteem, burnout, grief, and more. If you want to start thriving, rather than surviving through midlife, get in touch with me now.
I offer online psychotherapy (between my offices in Edinburgh and Barcelona) to men and women going through their midlife years, using evidence-based tools and therapeutic techniques to work through your thoughts and emotions during this often challenging chapter. I am an expert in anxiety and psychological perimenopause health. I also offer sessions for low mood, self-esteem, burnout, grief, and more. If you want to start thriving, rather than surviving through midlife, get in touch with me now.
01620 672944 View 01620 672944
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Jane Edwards
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
North Berwick EH39
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Unhappy, experiencing relationship problems, feeling alone or held back by trauma or bereavement? Are you seeking counselling for a child or young person? Therapy can be short term, 4-6 sessions and we can work together in a highly focused way, including exploring strategies if you wish to. For some, longer term therapy is preferred. In this we can explore issues in greater depth and you can be supported to make lasting changes in your life. For children, therapy happens in the midst of play and craft activities.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Unhappy, experiencing relationship problems, feeling alone or held back by trauma or bereavement? Are you seeking counselling for a child or young person? Therapy can be short term, 4-6 sessions and we can work together in a highly focused way, including exploring strategies if you wish to. For some, longer term therapy is preferred. In this we can explore issues in greater depth and you can be supported to make lasting changes in your life. For children, therapy happens in the midst of play and craft activities.
0131 381 4264 View 0131 381 4264
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Dr Hannah Ranaldi - Health Specialist
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
North Berwick EH39
Are you looking to adapt, cope, and manage changes in your health and wellbeing? As a Health Psychologist, I specialise in working with women’s health (e.g., menopause and menstrual conditions), stress and burnout, chronic pain, and managing long-term conditions (e.g., heart conditions, diabetes, chronic fatigue, long Covid, and gut health). Psychological approaches can help manage and reduce symptom severity and help improve overall quality of life, so that you feel less restricted by your health and able to start living a rich and meaningful life. My clients often arrive feeling stuck, or depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed.
Are you looking to adapt, cope, and manage changes in your health and wellbeing? As a Health Psychologist, I specialise in working with women’s health (e.g., menopause and menstrual conditions), stress and burnout, chronic pain, and managing long-term conditions (e.g., heart conditions, diabetes, chronic fatigue, long Covid, and gut health). Psychological approaches can help manage and reduce symptom severity and help improve overall quality of life, so that you feel less restricted by your health and able to start living a rich and meaningful life. My clients often arrive feeling stuck, or depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed.
0131 381 1736 View 0131 381 1736
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Dr Lucy Abraham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
North Berwick EH39
Waitlist for new clients
I’m Lucy, I'm Director of Lucy’s Place CIC, an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and registered with the HCPC. I recently founded Lucy’s Place CIC because I want to offer people holistic person centred care - a place to recover, connect and thrive! I’m experienced in the treatment of a large range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, PTSD and interpersonal problems. My career has focussed largely on complex difficulties, but at Lucy’s Place CIC I am keen to work with anyone that wants gain a better understanding, to make a change in their lives for the better, improve their wellbeing and sense of self.
I’m Lucy, I'm Director of Lucy’s Place CIC, an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and registered with the HCPC. I recently founded Lucy’s Place CIC because I want to offer people holistic person centred care - a place to recover, connect and thrive! I’m experienced in the treatment of a large range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, PTSD and interpersonal problems. My career has focussed largely on complex difficulties, but at Lucy’s Place CIC I am keen to work with anyone that wants gain a better understanding, to make a change in their lives for the better, improve their wellbeing and sense of self.
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Elspeth Campbell
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Berwick EH39
Are you pregnant or a new mum who feels overwhelmed, anxious and that you’re not doing anything right? Maybe you’re feeling exhausted, down or confused and concerned about your emotional wellbeing and ability to cope? I specialise in empowering pregnant and new mums to overcome anxiety and regain control of their lives. I have dedicated my career to helping mums navigate the complex emotional landscape of motherhood. My trauma informed evidence-based techniques and tailored interventions are designed to equip you with the tools you need to manage your mood effectively. Most of all, I work alongside you with warmth and compassion.
Are you pregnant or a new mum who feels overwhelmed, anxious and that you’re not doing anything right? Maybe you’re feeling exhausted, down or confused and concerned about your emotional wellbeing and ability to cope? I specialise in empowering pregnant and new mums to overcome anxiety and regain control of their lives. I have dedicated my career to helping mums navigate the complex emotional landscape of motherhood. My trauma informed evidence-based techniques and tailored interventions are designed to equip you with the tools you need to manage your mood effectively. Most of all, I work alongside you with warmth and compassion.
01620 672897 View 01620 672897

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Kath Muirhead
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Dunbar EH42
My professional experience has been working with people affected by mental health issues such as depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings, anxiety and panic, grief and loss among other issues. I also specialise in working with trauma particularly childhood sexual abuse and the debilitating impact of many life areas. I work with what people bring and go at their pace; my approach being person centred and bespoke to the individual.
My professional experience has been working with people affected by mental health issues such as depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings, anxiety and panic, grief and loss among other issues. I also specialise in working with trauma particularly childhood sexual abuse and the debilitating impact of many life areas. I work with what people bring and go at their pace; my approach being person centred and bespoke to the individual.
01368 653223 View 01368 653223
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John James Muirhead
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Dunbar EH42
To be listened to and accepted for where you are in your life is important. From practicing as a person centred counsellor for over 10 years, I believe that a non-judgemental and compassionate approach is key for healing and making the changes you want in your life. This is especially so after socially isolating ourselves in recent times. Alongside listening, I offer counselling tools when needed to help. If you prefer, we can chat initially about counselling via mobile or email.
To be listened to and accepted for where you are in your life is important. From practicing as a person centred counsellor for over 10 years, I believe that a non-judgemental and compassionate approach is key for healing and making the changes you want in your life. This is especially so after socially isolating ourselves in recent times. Alongside listening, I offer counselling tools when needed to help. If you prefer, we can chat initially about counselling via mobile or email.
07427 516314 View 07427 516314

Online Therapists

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Dr Joanna C Livingstone
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Glasgow G2
I combine approaches from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Movement, exercise, arts, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
If you are struggling and need some advice, someone to talk to, or to understand what you are experiencing then hopefully I can help. It may be that you are struggling with your mood, or a specific problem that is impacting on your everyday life. I can help you to find the answers, structure a programme for you and work with you to help you make the changes that will help you lead a better and more fulfilled life, with an understanding of the issues that are affecting you now. I offer Psychology and coaching sessions depending on your presenting problem.
I combine approaches from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Movement, exercise, arts, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
If you are struggling and need some advice, someone to talk to, or to understand what you are experiencing then hopefully I can help. It may be that you are struggling with your mood, or a specific problem that is impacting on your everyday life. I can help you to find the answers, structure a programme for you and work with you to help you make the changes that will help you lead a better and more fulfilled life, with an understanding of the issues that are affecting you now. I offer Psychology and coaching sessions depending on your presenting problem.
0141 673 8397 View 0141 673 8397
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Gabrielle Landric Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Counsellor, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1
I integrate mindfulness practices, effective for anxiety, stress reduction and management of powerful emotions.
Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, feelings of emptiness or meaninglessness? Do your relationships leave you feeling unfulfilled and lonely? Are you troubled by traumatic memories? Wondering where to turn? As a relationally trained therapist, I am skilled in helping people to improve their self-esteem, to have more satisfying relationships with themselves and others and to find meaning in their lives. Perhaps you have never felt like you fit anywhere. Perhaps you were abused, neglected or bullied in childhood. Perhaps a sudden trauma, relationship betrayal or bereavement has derailed you and made you question your whole life.
I integrate mindfulness practices, effective for anxiety, stress reduction and management of powerful emotions.
Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, feelings of emptiness or meaninglessness? Do your relationships leave you feeling unfulfilled and lonely? Are you troubled by traumatic memories? Wondering where to turn? As a relationally trained therapist, I am skilled in helping people to improve their self-esteem, to have more satisfying relationships with themselves and others and to find meaning in their lives. Perhaps you have never felt like you fit anywhere. Perhaps you were abused, neglected or bullied in childhood. Perhaps a sudden trauma, relationship betrayal or bereavement has derailed you and made you question your whole life.
0191 580 1451 View 0191 580 1451
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Time to heal
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clydebank G81
I can work creatively offering breathing techniques, mindfulness, journaling together and chanting if appropriate.
Hi I'm Sharon, thank you for viewing my profile. My approach of working is person centered. I am accredited in this field and I am a member of the bacp. I have additional training in CBT if required. I am very committed and passionate about my work. I am qualified 10 years in counselling and 20 years in group work. My experience of the clients I have worked alongside includes low mood, anxiety, low self esteem , addiction, depression, bereavement, childhood trauma, relationship issues, stress and wellbeing.
I can work creatively offering breathing techniques, mindfulness, journaling together and chanting if appropriate.
Hi I'm Sharon, thank you for viewing my profile. My approach of working is person centered. I am accredited in this field and I am a member of the bacp. I have additional training in CBT if required. I am very committed and passionate about my work. I am qualified 10 years in counselling and 20 years in group work. My experience of the clients I have worked alongside includes low mood, anxiety, low self esteem , addiction, depression, bereavement, childhood trauma, relationship issues, stress and wellbeing.
0141 673 5719 View 0141 673 5719
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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.
01764 915873 View 01764 915873
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Liz Cornwallis
MSc
Verified Verified
Glasgow G1
I offer a wide range of therapies including Hypnotherapy and Applied Mind Techniques including Neuro-linguistic programming, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mindfulness, Motivational Coaching, OldPain2Go and Functional Imagery Training, a new research based method for successful weight loss.
Imagine feeling calm, being slim, overcoming stubborn habits or fears. Relief of pain, hot flushes or IBS symptoms. You're unique and my range of skills and qualifications mean I can create a personal therapy package to meet your needs. Clients often choose to work with me because I'm friendly and supportive as well as qualified, skilled and experienced. I’ve helped many people over the years, as a nurse, university lecturer, training consultant and now Registered Hypnotherapist and wellbeing coach. Just get in touch for a free initial phone consultation.
I offer a wide range of therapies including Hypnotherapy and Applied Mind Techniques including Neuro-linguistic programming, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mindfulness, Motivational Coaching, OldPain2Go and Functional Imagery Training, a new research based method for successful weight loss.
Imagine feeling calm, being slim, overcoming stubborn habits or fears. Relief of pain, hot flushes or IBS symptoms. You're unique and my range of skills and qualifications mean I can create a personal therapy package to meet your needs. Clients often choose to work with me because I'm friendly and supportive as well as qualified, skilled and experienced. I’ve helped many people over the years, as a nurse, university lecturer, training consultant and now Registered Hypnotherapist and wellbeing coach. Just get in touch for a free initial phone consultation.
0141 673 8312 View 0141 673 8312
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Natalie Morton
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Hexham NE46  (Online Only)
I provide a holistic approach using person centred therapy, mindfulness, and CBT.
Hello, I am Natalie, I am an Integrative Psychotherapist. Outside my private practice, I lead a Counselling Service in Northumberland for the ageing population. My private practice is an online and digital counselling service. I provide a completely remote counselling service, in which I facilitate telephone and online counselling. I specialise in support for those living with chronic illness. grief specialism, stress, anxiety, depression. I also provide specialist support in dealing with work place issues. We will look at what you want to achieve from therapy and how I can support you through this.
I provide a holistic approach using person centred therapy, mindfulness, and CBT.
Hello, I am Natalie, I am an Integrative Psychotherapist. Outside my private practice, I lead a Counselling Service in Northumberland for the ageing population. My private practice is an online and digital counselling service. I provide a completely remote counselling service, in which I facilitate telephone and online counselling. I specialise in support for those living with chronic illness. grief specialism, stress, anxiety, depression. I also provide specialist support in dealing with work place issues. We will look at what you want to achieve from therapy and how I can support you through this.
01434 307697 View 01434 307697
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Dr Louise Legg
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Glasgow G2
My main training is in Schema Therapy, CBT and Person-Centred Therapy, but I also use techniques from other methods like DBT, Mindfulness-CBT, and Trauma-Focused Therapy.
Are you dealing with challenges like depression, anxiety, stress, long term health conditions, neurodiversity related issues or relationship issues? Are you looking for a strong, trust-based therapeutic relationship where you feel safe and understood? Are you looking for a non-judgmental, supportive, and genuinely caring therapist to work together to figure out what is going on and to set goals? Alternatively, are you looking for career mentoring or support with personal development or significant life changes from an experienced therapist who has 20 years of experience working in finance and living overseas?
My main training is in Schema Therapy, CBT and Person-Centred Therapy, but I also use techniques from other methods like DBT, Mindfulness-CBT, and Trauma-Focused Therapy.
Are you dealing with challenges like depression, anxiety, stress, long term health conditions, neurodiversity related issues or relationship issues? Are you looking for a strong, trust-based therapeutic relationship where you feel safe and understood? Are you looking for a non-judgmental, supportive, and genuinely caring therapist to work together to figure out what is going on and to set goals? Alternatively, are you looking for career mentoring or support with personal development or significant life changes from an experienced therapist who has 20 years of experience working in finance and living overseas?
01355 206752 View 01355 206752
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Monika Trojanowska
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Dalkeith EH22
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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Kate Fitzgibbon
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2
I work with a solution focused approach which means therapy should bring the positive changes/insights you require, due to my diverse training I use a mixture of modalities for example psychodynamic, trans personal & cognitive mindfulness.
I have over 30 years experience, working privately, within the NHS, relate couples counselling, drug & alcohol services, refugee & disability agencies & as a coach. Confidentiality guaranteed. Free telephone consultation. I work face to face, video & telephone calls locally & internationally.
I work with a solution focused approach which means therapy should bring the positive changes/insights you require, due to my diverse training I use a mixture of modalities for example psychodynamic, trans personal & cognitive mindfulness.
I have over 30 years experience, working privately, within the NHS, relate couples counselling, drug & alcohol services, refugee & disability agencies & as a coach. Confidentiality guaranteed. Free telephone consultation. I work face to face, video & telephone calls locally & internationally.
0191 743 1576 View 0191 743 1576
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Arise Psychology
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Glasgow G12
I work with adults and draw upon a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches in a way that is flexible and integrative (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as Systemic and Person-centred approaches).
Meeting challenges along life’s journey– no matter who we are or what stage we are at– is part of what makes us human. It is at difficult times like these when seeking some professional support can help us along our way. I am an experienced and empathetic Clinical Psychologist, I’ve worked with many individuals at points in their life when they are experiencing emotional distress or just need a safe space of their own to work through their difficulties. I’ve witnessed positive change and growth with many of the clients I have worked with and believe that a safe, empowering and positive therapeutic relationship is key.
I work with adults and draw upon a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches in a way that is flexible and integrative (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as Systemic and Person-centred approaches).
Meeting challenges along life’s journey– no matter who we are or what stage we are at– is part of what makes us human. It is at difficult times like these when seeking some professional support can help us along our way. I am an experienced and empathetic Clinical Psychologist, I’ve worked with many individuals at points in their life when they are experiencing emotional distress or just need a safe space of their own to work through their difficulties. I’ve witnessed positive change and growth with many of the clients I have worked with and believe that a safe, empowering and positive therapeutic relationship is key.
0141 673 5432 View 0141 673 5432
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Charlotte Crawford
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Largs KA30
The combination of CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy(SFBT), mindfulness and Neuro-linguistic Programming(NLP) provides a positive motivational approach with practical techniques to call upon in times of crises.
The most important aspect of success in counselling is the relationship between us. I tailor the approach to your needs in collaboration with you so that ultimately you can become your own therapist, by applying new skills and techniques to determine positive patterns of thinking and behaving. I understand that coming for therapy can be a bit scary or daunting, even if you have been before, meeting someone new can be challenging especially if you’re feeling vulnerable or out of sorts. Choosing to come for therapy is about caring for and prioritising your own needs, and allowing yourself time and space to think things through.
The combination of CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy(SFBT), mindfulness and Neuro-linguistic Programming(NLP) provides a positive motivational approach with practical techniques to call upon in times of crises.
The most important aspect of success in counselling is the relationship between us. I tailor the approach to your needs in collaboration with you so that ultimately you can become your own therapist, by applying new skills and techniques to determine positive patterns of thinking and behaving. I understand that coming for therapy can be a bit scary or daunting, even if you have been before, meeting someone new can be challenging especially if you’re feeling vulnerable or out of sorts. Choosing to come for therapy is about caring for and prioritising your own needs, and allowing yourself time and space to think things through.
07723 457185 View 07723 457185

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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.