Holistic Therapy & Personal Development Services
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First established 1993
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Welcome to Scotland's Premier Therapy and Holistic Personal Development Site'Therapeutic care & Personal Development - The solution to your problems is in you'
Mindfulness training, counselling and Coaching Glasgow and Edinburgh
Mindfulness is a philosophy, a modality of therapy and a method of viewing the world around you. Depending on the client and their needs, work will delve into different levels of the philosophy, sometimes just requiring the basics, sometimes a deeper understanding.
it is not possible to do justice to a definition of mindfulness in just one webpage, so instead the following are a list of the primary features used in therapy:
- Learning to notice our thinking and observe it. Thus no longer being automatons controlled by impulse and immediate thoughts. This permits a level of protection from unpleasant or intrusive thoughts and emotions and leads to greater understanding.
- Meditation or relaxation on a regular basis. This can be formal meditation, or any one of many informal relaxation techniques. This allows the mind time to process and recover.
- Natural meditative behaviour. Many activities can be meditative and we can loose ourselves in the experience, gaining a peace and tranquility. A classic example would be listening to music or walking in a park and REALLY being fully IN the experience.
- Letting go of anger, revenge, frustration, obsession, expectation, accumulation and other unhelpful drives, through specialist mindfulness observation and combined cognitive and behavioural change.
- Deliberately making cognitive and behavioural changes to encourage positive drives such as forgiveness, compassion, acceptance and gentle assertiveness.
- Balancing self assuredness with avoiding excess ego. Thus being neither a "doormat" nor inappropriately selfish or egotistic.
- Supporting these traits and positive changes with appropriate lifestyle, diet and behaviour. This encompasses elements of life coaching.
Mindfulness is effective for a range of issues including:
Mindfulness allows the person to be in a "good place" and allow themselves space to make positive changes that otherwise may not be possible. Often we try to "do the right thing" in life, but our lifestyle may make this difficult emotionally or practically. Mindfulness helps to address this. Many of these are combined where appropriate in Transpersonal psychology / transpersonal psychotherapy. This does not mean having to convert to or follow any perticular faith or belief. Indeed a strength of transpersonal therapy is to look at common themes in faith and non-faith societies.
Deeper emotional, mental health and behavioural issues
Mindfulness is now being recognised as a useful tool in addressing serious clinical and mental health issues. Naturally this is in conjunction and combination with ongoing medical treatment and supervision. it is not an alternative to appropriate medical support.
Mindfulness can play an important role in managing serious mental health conditions such as:
- Bipolar depression
- Unipolar / clinical depression
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- NEAD (Non-epileptic attack disorder)
- Dyslexia issues such as anger, stress, panic and frustration
- Anger management
- Stress Management
As part of a management plan mindfulness training can help the client to manage and deal with their condition better, gaining an improved quality of life. Certain mental health conditions can not be "cured", but they can be managed in order to enable a happier life.
Mindfulness can be a brief intervention, teaching people the basic principles and techniques and pointing them in the right direction to explore related fields. This applies in non-severe and non-clinical cases.
In more serious cases, such as managing clinical conditions like Bipolar, most clients benefit from initial training and then regular support sessions either monthly or bi-monthly. Sometimes that support is from us exclusively, other times we refer on or cooperate with other providers to ensure the right service for the individual.
We have City
Centre bases in Edinburgh and
Glasgow and we are
considering expanding into other cities shortly.
We are complementary health
not alternative health practitioners. This means that we work WITH the
medical profession. If you have an illness or injury, or if you are
going to embark on a new diet, fitness plan or if you have any
uninvestigated symptoms, you must consult your medical doctor.
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Experience and qualification
Mindfulness is essentially a form of life coaching based on Buddhist or multi-faith philosophy. Therefore it is essential to have a background in three areas: Coaching, Therapy and Spirituality. Even though there is no attempt whatsoever to influence the religious belief of the client, since mindfulness comes from a religious base, the practitioner should have some supporting knowledge!
Stuart has extensive externally accredited qualification in coaching, Counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP and Social work related mental health. He also completed an NVQ C25 Coaching Unit as well as a full NVQ Level 4 in Training and Development in the context of complementary health education. He has completed a MSc Psychology graduation date: 31 July 2011.
Stuart is a registered and insured counsellor, psychotherapist, complementary therapist, hypnotherapist and coach. We support the coming voluntary regulation of psychotherapy and counselling. Stuart is a CNHC registered hypnotherapist (voluntary regulation of hypnotherapy).
Stuart has extensive training and accreditation in religious and spiritual subjects having completed training courses in Christian, Kabbalah, Pagan and Multi-faith modalities, and written extensively for the Interfaith international Seminary where he has gained multiple awards (religious awards awarded according to US Law, comprehensive thesis material submitted) including in Mindfulness Counseling.
Stuart is a UK University Graduate and is dedicated to ongoing professional development. He is currently completing a range of University courses in the UK including at post graduate level. (1x Advanced Certificate, 2x BA.)
Stuart has written a range of accredited courses in coaching (level 4), CBT (level 5), anger and stress management (levels 4,5), NLP (Level 4) and Holistic Healing Practitioner (Level 4).
In the first instance drop us an email or use the feedback form to contact us. We can then advise whether we feel we can appropriately assist you.
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Mental health treatment is based around methods recommended in NICE guidelines, and those fully researched as effective such as CBASP. More information on both adherence to NICE guidelines and on underpinning research please visit our other site www.psychoanalysis.center
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We adhere to appropriate National Occupational Standards, carry professional insurance and support voluntary regulation of therapists. We are both subject to regulation in therapy. Both therapists area CNHC registered hypnotherapist (voluntary regulation of hypnotherapy). Both therapists are registered on both CNHC and FHT PSA Accredited Registers. Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers are for healthcare practitioners not subject to statutory regulation.
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