Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR)
This training is for anyone interested in mindfulness - counsellors and the public. It has been proven to help with stress and anxiety so is especially designed for those suffering from these.
It has been designed for beginners as well as those who might be interested in extending their own meditation practice. The MBSR is a foundation course for further study should individuals wish to incorporate it into their professional work.
The MBSR course runs over eight weeks and is online via Zoom. It is advisable that you are able to attend all sessions. You will need access to a quiet room with space to lie down and to do some simple yoga movements.
Each class consists of teaching, discussion and meditation. Meditation is an essential part of the course and it is expected that this will be done between sessions.
The course is designed to increase self-awareness, to notice emotions as they arise, to modify unhelpful habits and to learn to respond to situations rather than react. Using mindful meditation, participants are encouraged to turn to the breath to feel grounded, especially when thoughts create anxiety. Practising this over the eight weeks has been shown to reduce stress.
On rare occasions, meditation can be upsetting for those who have experienced trauma. I, therefore, carry out a simple screening.
Hosted by Emma Dunn
Emma Dunn is a counsellor and psychotherapist. She works in her private practice 'Insightfulness' in Rastrick, near Brighouse, West Yorkshire Emma is a participant in the Teacher Training Pathway for Mindfulness teachers, recognised by the Mindfulness Network. Emma has a BSc. in Nutrition and Dietetics