Mindfulness Course – Autumn 2015

 Mindfulness Course, Autumn 2015 : delivered by Paul Birch, Accredited Psychotherapist Dip NLPt, Registered UK Council for Psychotherapy,  HPD, MNCH (Reg), MNCP.

6 sessions of up to 1.5 hrs per session.

From 19.30 pm, on the following dates:

Wednesdays 16th, 23rd, 30th September

Wednesday 7th, 14th, 21st October 

This will be a closed group, limited to 10 participants.           Fee for all sessions £72

Venue – Halsa Wellbeing, Unit 6, Chevin Mill, Leeds Rd, Otley, LS21 1BT

What is ‘mindfulness’?

It is not about relaxation, although you may find yourself feeling more relaxed as a result of being ‘mindful’. It is about ‘being aware’…of being in the present, in the here and now. Our ‘here and now’, our minds, can be occupied about negative things that have happened in the past and things that might happen in the future – things that will not happen in exactly the same way, and things that are probably not going to happen in the future. But in order to make sense of this ‘stuff’ we experience the negative feelings associated with them in the ‘here and now’.

But none of it is real. Yet, we can experience anxious and depressive negative thoughts and feelings as if it is and often end up having uncomfortable physical feelings in reaction to them ( of course, we can experience really good stuff as well in the same way. we can choose to enjoy those thoughts and feelings ). If you want to learn how to stop paying attention to your ‘critical voice’, be more in tune with the present then mindfulness practice can help.  Thoughts and feelings are always turning up unasked for…it is what we choose to do (or not do ) about them that is important. If we can become ‘mindful’ rather than ‘mind full’ then we can begin to choose how we want to feel and behave.

This programme of 6 workshops will explain more about Mindfulness and share mindful practices that you can experience and subsequently choose to use beneficially in your personal  and, if relevant, professional lives. Mindfulness practice is used in the NHS and other clinical settings to improve wellbeing, especially in respect of anxiety, depression and pain management.  Paul is an accredited psychotherapist, registered with UK Council for Psychotherapy and hypnotherapist in local private practice. He also works part time in a private acute mental health unit with in-patient groups and is an authorised therapist with the charity Anxiety UK.

How do I book a place?

To reserve your place please book directly with Paul Birch. pbirch@paulbirchtherapyandcoaching.co.uk    tel 07802 622691

Payment is due before the course commences in the form of cash, cheque or bank transfer.  Payments should be made directly to Paul Birch. For more information about Paul please refer to www.paulbirchtherapyandcoaching.co.uk.  If you would like to know more about the programme, please contact Paul on 07802 622 691

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