The notion of ‘mindfulness’ is defined by intentionally being in the present moment. Over recent years there has been a substantial and robust evidence base to indicate that the practice of mindfulness can significantly enhance emotional and mental well-being. As such, principles of mindfulness that enhance individuals’ state of consciousness and awareness have been widely integrated into different psychological therapies with good success. Mindfulness is perceived as a life skill that enables us to focus on the lives we are living as we are living them, acknowledging the thoughts, emotions and sensations we experience as we experience them.
How Could This Benefit You?
- Assisting you to focus your mind and live in the present moment rather than ruminating and dwelling on the mistakes of the past;
- Helping to identify what causes vulnerability to negative spiralling mood cycles;
- Slowing down rapid cycles of extreme emotion to consider different contributing factors and how to break these cycles;
- How to find ways to connect with what is meaningful and increasing motivation to engage in new things and find enjoyment in them;
- To consider how to break patterns of perfectionism and beliefs that things you do are never good enough, not done to a high enough standard, or that you are a failure in some way;
- To increase self-compassion and reduce feelings of shame and regret
All therapists at Serendipity Psychology are trained and experienced in utilising mindfulness alongside the other forms of therapy they may be delivering. Some of these therapies naturally integrate mindfulness, for example Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are largely underpinned by similar principles.
While mindfulness is likely be an integral part of therapy for all our face-to-face and online therapy clients, it can also be accessed as a brief, independent programme delivered in a set of 6-8 sessions. The aim of these sessions is to help guide you through the core principles of mindfulness, to design and implement an individual well-being plan, and to be signposted to where you can access the most helpful and evidence-based resources to continue the integration of mindfulness into your lifestyle.
Mindfulness for Children
The evidence base behind mindfulness indicates that children also benefit significantly from learning these principles. The advantage of learning mindfulness as a child is that children can go on to automatically integrate these principles throughout their lives. With the rising pressure brought about by multiple methods of communication through social media and the internet, children are at higher risk of developing mental health difficulties. Mindfulness is an effective way of supporting children to stay connected with meaning and sustain their mental, emotional and neurological development.
Therapists at Serendipity Psychology offer mindfulness for children in several different forms, from individual face-to-face sessions as part of their standard therapy, to a set of standalone sessions to teach them the principles and how to integrate them into their lifestyle.