Mindful Therapy

Mindfulness for Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychologists

dropsonleavesThere is a growing understanding that mindfulness plays a key part in all forms of psychotherapy. In this experiential workshop we will be exploring 3 ways that mindfulness can make significant contributions to therapy.

  1. How a personal practice of mindfulness can strengthen therapeutic presence, attunement, empathy and responsiveness.
  2. The ways in which a mindful orientation, derived from the principles, insights and techniques of mindfulness, can inform therapeutic processes.
  3. How therapists can explicitly and effectively teach mindfulness to clients.

Our focus will include the many attitudinal facets of mindfulness – such as compassion, playfulness, openness to experience, trust, etc – and their relevance in facilitating growth, healing and recovery.

Alongside attitude, we will also give attention to elements of mindfulness that can help expand our repertoire of responses and inspire therapeutic creativity. In particular, we will consider how to harness intention and motivation, how acceptance invites change, and how to conduct mindful inquiry.

For: participants who have completed an 8-week mindfulness training or equivalent, or have an established regular personal practice.
With: Gareth Williams and Kristine Mackenzie-Janson

Gareth Williams has been involved in counselling, psychotherapy and mindfulness since 1997. He loves his work, qualified in 2000, and has worked with hundreds of people – individuals, both children and adults, families and groups. In 2015 he left a 6-year position as a senior counsellor with Mind to develop a private practice. Over the past 20 years, Gareth has studied a wide range of psychotherapies. He is currently a visiting teacher on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Manchester University and a director of Mindfulness for All CIC. For more about Gareth, visit www.mindfulnessforall.co.uk.

For more info on Kristine, please click here.

Date: 30 June-1 July 2018
Times: 10am till 5pm.
Venue: Walpole Hall (next to St Mary’s Cathedral), Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AW
Costs: £150/£100 (Concessions). (If costs are an issue, please get in touch and we can work something out).
To book: please contact Neill Walker, mesp2018@hotmail.com, 0131 331 4469.