My aim in creating this series is to give you a selection of resources that you can use in your own time, whenever you choose. The first of these is called 5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation and you can get it for free when you join the Mindful Meanings newsletter.
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Mindfulness is a deceptively powerful tool that can help us in many ways. It’s so simple however, that many people underestimate the effect it can have and therefore don’t put enough time into practicing it properly. When used in the moment, it can bring a wonderful feeling of relaxation and peace, but the bigger benefits come only when it is practiced on a regular basis.
I had a client once who used to compare meditation to “eating your vegetables”. “You might not feel like doing it every day”, he said “but you do because you know it’s good for you.”
I love that analogy, and it’s true – meditation can feel like that in the beginning. But I know that if you stick with it you will soon reach a point where you wouldn’t want to be without it.
The 5 Minute Mindfulness audio can be downloaded to your computer, phone or tablet. This way it is easy to have it accessible anytime, so you can begin to develop your own meditation practice – and feel the benefits that it will bring.
A few of the many benefits of meditation are:
I invite you to give it a try and see how you get on. If you have any questions on the free mindfulness audio, or on meditation in general, feel free to ask me in the comments below. You can download the free 5 Minute Mindfulness mp3 here.
At the end of this month we celebrate the one year anniversary of The Counselling Centre. One year ago we opened our doors to provide a much needed service to therapists and clients alike - and we are very happy to report that our first year has been a great one.
We have accomplished much in our first year. Some of the accomplishments that we are most pleased with include:
On reflection now, I can see that we have managed to achieve many of our goals for the first year of The Counselling Centre. As we moved through the year we have adapted some of these goals into new objectives, and of course we will have more goals to strive towards in our second year. It has taken a lot of time, effort, and energy to build the centre into the service that it is today. It hasn’t always been easy - but it has always been rewarding and fun.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has used the centre over the past twelve months; from Counsellors, to Therapists, to Clients alike. We appreciate all of the positive feedback that we have received over the year, and it is our hope that we can continue to provide you with the highest standards for Counselling and Psychotherapy that you expect and deserve.
I am very excited to see what the next year brings!
I could write a book on the benefits of Counselling & Psychotherapy and the opportunities that it brings for healing and personal growth. I genuinely believe that everyone can benefit from sitting in the therapeutic chair. However I realise that not everybody has the means to do so.
Therapy can be expensive when you engage with a private therapist. State provided services are available but unfortunately are hard to access as there is nowhere near enough provision of services to meet the mental health needs of the country. Low cost, non – state services are available, but they usually have very long waiting lists and are staffed by volunteer trainee therapists.
With this in mind, here at The Counselling Centre we have a number of fully qualified therapists who have set aside some of their appointments to offer more affordable counselling.
If you are looking for counselling but the cost has prevented you from finding a therapist, we may have a solution for you. Get in touch with us here at The Counselling Centre and if possible we will match you with a therapist who can offer you a lower cost service.
You can find our contact details here.
Much of the upset that we endure in day to day life can be healed with a little understanding of how our thought affects us. Our minds influence our emotions, which in turn influence our bodies.
When we understand how this connection works it becomes a lot easier to choose how we want to feel, rather than being victim to whatever the day throws at us. I’m going to give you three easy ways that you can stop fear, stress, anxiety or anger from getting in the way of your happiness.
These emotions are typically our bodies’ response to a perceived threat. It’s what’s known as the fight-or-flight response. It would be more accurate to name it the fight-flight-or-freeze response however, as these are the ways that our body adapts to deal with danger. The medical term for this is the sympathetic nervous system.
Historically this response system has served us very well, as our bodies would adapt to face danger. Various physiological changes occur, such as increased blood flow to our arms (for fighting) and legs (for running) and numbing of the pain receptors in our body, and a rush of adrenaline to help us respond faster to whatever threatens us.
When the threat is real this response system works brilliantly, and gives us our best chance of survival. Today though, rather than the threat being real (something like a predatory animal), it is often imagined (judgement or criticism for example)...