Mindfulness therapy: Lokadhi Lloyd MA PGDip (Psych) PGDip (Mindfulness) MBACP
Mindfulness and the practice of compassion inform my work and my life more generally, and where appropriate I bring these approaches explicitly into one-to-one therapy.
In response to COVID19 restrictions I also offer Sunday morning Mindfulness/Self-Compassion workshops and 3-week Introductory/Top-Up Mindfulness and Self-Compassion courses.
I have temporarily moved all my work online: offering therapy and counselling, as well as supervision and other self-regulatory support for therapists, on Zoom and other ‘remote’ platforms.
This has enabled existing therapy clients to continue their work uninterrupted. It also means that others can start therapeutic work at this particularly challenging time, when meeting in the consulting room in the usual way has simply not been possible.
Though this is clearly not the same as meeting in person, I have given considerable thought to how this way of working can be as supportive as possible in providing a space for contemplation, inner reflection and connection - especially important when many of us are spending more time in front of screens than we might choose.
And ... there have been some significant advantages, including offering greater accessibility to those who might otherwise not have been able to come along in person because of:
childcare or other care responsibilities
health or mobility concerns.
being located outside London or abroad.
- as well as those who simply prefer to remain in their own home.
At times of uncertainty, many people experience anxiety and concerns about personal wellbeing and health. I'm one of few qualified and experienced counsellor/therapists in the UK with specific training in the application of mindfulness and of compassion-focused approaches to therapeutic work. I also offer supervision to both therapists and teachers of mindfulness.
If you're considering counselling or therapy, I imagine you may be feeling afraid, stuck, confused, helpless or aimless. Or you may feel very low, without really understanding why. Perhaps you recognise certain recurrent patterns in your life, but feel unable to change them.
I would be pleased to explore whether we might work together, whatever your difficulties. With lengthy experience in addressing stress and trauma-related issues, I specialise in psychosomatic problems, and support clients in coming to terms with many difficulties, including: depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, sexuality and identity, phobias, panic attacks career and work-related issues , personal/spiritual crisis and feeling stuck.
Whatever difficulties you may be experiencing - painful events in the present, memories of the past, or worries about the future - I offer a safe, confidential space to help you gain a different perspective and move towards growth and understanding. I'll listen non-judgementally and offer you support - help you tap into your deep inner resources and move forward.
My approach to therapy/counselling draws on awareness of the body, and explores how unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour can be recognised and changed. I've trained in and practised mindfulness – and compassion-based approaches – for many years. This complements my core training, Psychosynthesis (an integrative approach) in deepening awareness of body, breath, thoughts and emotions: helping develop a stronger sense of moment-to-moment experience; strengthening a sense of being able to make choices rather than perpetuate reactive patterns. Research (Crane, R., Elias, D., 2006) suggests that therapists with training in mindfulness have more successful outcomes with their clients than those who have not.
You can get an idea of how we might work together by looking at my website: www.mindfulnesstherapy.co.uk
I practice from Barnsbury Therapy Rooms (144 Liverpool Road, Highbury/Islington, London N1 1LA) and our sister practice, City Therapy Rooms (33 Furnival Street, Holborn, London EC4A 1JQ). To establish a regularity and momentum in our work, weekly face-to-face sessions are 50 minutes, at the same time and on the same day of the week. Once we have established a therapeutic relationship I may be able to offer the occasional Skype/phone session on an exceptional basis.
I charge between £70 and £95 for each 50-minute session - depending on time of day - including online. I have a limited number of low-cost places (sliding scale) at off-peak hours for students and those from low-income households.
Please get in touch – https://www.mindfulnesstherapy.co.uk/contact/ – for more information about my availability. Or contact me by email: Lokadhi@mindfulnesstherapy.co.uk
I supervise other therapists/counsellors as well as teachers of mindfulness-based approaches (£50 per 50-minute session). I also offer ongoing groups for other therapists/counsellors - including trainees - and health professionals who bring mindfulness into their own work - see my personal website: https://www.mindfulnesstherapy.co.uk
In addition to my work as a therapist/counsellor, I offer Mindfulness for Healthy Living courses, workshops/practice days as well as one-to-one mindfulness training (MBCT, MBSR) for stress and anxiety, the prevention of relapse into depression, managing pain and chronic illness - as well as to bring greater depth and richness to life. More information on my website. I also run a monthly mindfulness-based therapy group for therapists and other health professionals. Please see my website or contact me for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Psychosynthesis) and adhere to the BACP's professional code of conduct and good practice. I'm in regular supervision by a BACP-accredited supervisor and engage in regular training to refresh and renew my approach to my work.
I am a registered teacher with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers, and trained for over a 5-years with the Centre for Mindfulness Research + Practice (CMRP) of the University of Bangor - world leading centre of excellence in Mindfulness training. I've taught mindfulness-based approaches (MBCT and MBSR) for many years and have a postgraduate teaching diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches, as well as further training in Mindfulness and Individual Therapy and as a supervisor.
I have extensive experience in facilitating groups, and run a monthly Mindfulness-based group for therapists/counsellors and health professionals which meets in North London on the second Tuesday of the month in the evening.
My background includes some years spent as a practising artist and having worked within the accountancy profession in the City of London, as well as having run my own business. I have been a student counsellor, and offered mindfulness training in the voluntary sector. I hold a first-class honours degree (BA) and an MA in fine art.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions last 50 minutes and cost £70-£90 (Highbury/Islington), £75-£95 (Holborn). I have some concessionary places, on a sliding scale and outside peak hours, for students, trainee counsellor/therapists or those from a low-income household). Supervision costs £50 for a 50-minute session, with some concessionary places (also on a sliding scale and outside peak hours).
Concessions offered for
I have some concessionary places, on a sliding scale and outside peak hours, for students, trainee counsellor/therapists or those from a low-income household). I have extended this during the COVID19 emergency to key workers and those who are experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of this situation.