I am a qualified mindfulness coach, through The UK College of Mindfulness. The course is accredited by the NRPC (National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors) & The BPS (British Psychological Society) With a background as a qualified teacher, within sixth form & secondary school education, the work I now do supports under 18 year olds with a range of issues which stem mainly from anxiety, such as panic attacks, low mood, exam worries, going to school and sleep issues.
Mindfulness really can open opportunities to anyone, of any age. Mindfulness is simple to learn and offers immediate benefits, with regular practice there is scientific evidence that it can change brain patterns. I am not a traditional Counsellor but do hold a level 3 certificate in counselling studies qualification through the CPTA (CPCAB), MBSR can be used along side traditional talking therapy or CBT, if you are looking for a fully qualified counsellor instead I would advise that you go via a GP referral in the first instance.
MBCT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the prevention of relapse in recurrent depression. It combines mindfulness techniques like meditation, breathing (mind and body awareness) with elements from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to help break the negative thought patterns that are characteristic of recurrent depression. MBSR was originated by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at The University of Massachusetts Medical Centre and, in addition to helping people manage serious stress, it helps them deal with anxiety, pain and illness.
Mindfulness is a potentially life-changing way to alter our feelings in positive ways. Mindfulness training helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we're better able to manage them. My own introduction to mindfulness came through Sri Chinmoy whilst spending time in Auckland some 25 years ago. Inspired, I then took a course in Transcendental Meditation in Pimlico on my return. More recently, I have also studied with Mike Sarsons, the founder of East West Organisation, before training as a Minfulness Coach with The UK College of Mindfulness.
He said, ' there are only two days a year when nothing can be done. One is called yesterday, the other is tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe and do' Dalai Lama.