What is Mindfulness Therapy?
- Mindfulness Therapy can help you to observe the relationship between your thoughts and feelings in any situation; it enables you to accept your internal emotions, thoughts and physical sensations and allows you to do what is best for you, at that time, in that situation.
- Being mindful is the opposite of being on autopilot. Automatic pilot is when you are more likely to have your “buttons pressed” where events around you and your thoughts, feelings can trigger old habits of thinking that are often unhelpful and may lead to worsening mood.
- Mindfulness therapy enables you to take control of your mind rather than allowing your mind to be in control of you. It enables you to pay attention in any situation on the purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.
- It aims to support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety and stress. View types of difficulties here.
- Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions in your treatment plan with your therapist.
- Mindfulness therapy can be delivered over the telephone or in person at your GP surgery or other local venues close to you with sessions lasting up to 50 minutes.
How do I access it?
- You will first need an assessment with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are. During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide that Mindfulness therapy is best suited to your needs. You will then be given an appointment for Mindfulness therapy as soon as one becomes available.
Who supports me?
- A therapist will deliver the therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes via the telephone or in person.
What are the benefits?
- Mindfulness Therapy can help you develop techniques that helps to weaken old, unhelpful and automatic thinking habits, these old habits can involve being overly pre-occupied with thinking about the future, the past, or your emotions in a negative way.
- You will be able to develop a skill to place you in a better position to break from these unhelpful habits that are causing you distress and preventing you from positive action.
- Mindfulness therapy can help you increase your concentration, be more flexible in your thinking, be less critical of your thoughts or others, be more accepting of your thoughts and become more able to cope with distressing thoughts.
- Once you have become practiced in the skill of Mindfulness you will be able to use it in times of intense distress.
- Learning to be Mindful helps you become more aware of how your mind works in a variety of situations. You can then learn how to cope with your emotions and choose how to act.
- Mindfulness therapy is a recommended intervention by the NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).