I like to run orientation sessions for all prospective course participants. There is no substitute for meeting face to face and having a chat about what a mindfulness course entails. That way I can manage your expectations and explain a little bit about how mindfulness can work for you. What’s more you get a chance to meet me, ask any questions you may have and get a feel for the environment in which the course takes place.
From there it is possible to make an informed decision about whether you want to work with me.
That said please find below some commonly asked questions:
Is the course appropriate for me?
This may be the case if you are dealing with:
- An acute medical condition requiring frequent intervention or treatment
- Substance abuse or dependence (currently or within the past year).
- Psychological issues including suicidality; psychosis, trauma, severe recurrent clinical depression or other major psychiatric diagnoses.
Is the course religious?
How long are the courses?
What’s the difference between Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)?
The courses I teach are based on a blend of both: the MBSR course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in the USA, as well as the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale.
What is the evidence that mindfulness works?
Mindfulness-based approaches have also been shown to empower and reduce symptom perception among patients with physical health problems, including chronic pain, heart disease, cancer, gastrointestinal disorders and high blood pressure, as well as improving immune system functioning.
Mindfulness based approaches have also been adapted for use with a wide range of special interest groups.