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Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy

Mindfulness based psychotherapy in Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Lewis Psychology is a multi-award winning ethical business and the only counselling and psychotherapy service in Wolverhampton to gain Service Accreditation status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). BACP Service Accreditation demands the highest standards of practice in the counselling and psychotherapy profession and is considered by many to be the highest honour in the field.


What is mindfulness based psychotherapy?

Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy can help you to face emotional pain and suffering by cultivating qualities such as emotional tolerance and self-acceptance.  By learning to face pain directly, you can change your relationship to it.  Instead of reacting in habitual ways – hating it, excessively thinking about it, or pushing it away- you can begin to open up to it, become curious about it, even accept it.  Paradoxically, such acceptance often leads to positive change.

Conversely, what we resist is often perpetuated; this is because resistance is a way of holding on and results in tightening and contraction.  By brining mindfulness to emotional pain and suffering, you can learn to stop resisting it or reacting to it and start letting go. Once you do this, you’re better able to respond to it skilfully instead of reacting to it automatically.

Mindfulness is not about emptying the mind or escaping from problems: it is about finding new ways to relate to your difficulties or problematic thoughts.

Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Components of mindfulness based psychotherapy

There are four main components of Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy:

  1. Concentration practices (focussed attention) to steady and calm the mind: These practices involve learning to focus on an object of attention (such as the breath, sounds or body sensations) and trying to stay with it. When the mind wanders, it is gently and kindly brought back to the object of attention. This practice is a building block that facilitates other meditation practices.
  2. Mindfulness: Once there is some comfort with concentration practice and you have learned to gather and steady attention, we can then expand the focus to begin practicing mindfulness. In concentration practice, we gently return the mind to the object of attention each time it wanders.  In mindfulness practice, we get curious about what has distracted us and captured our attention, and attend to the rising and passing of all phenomena in experience.
  3. Compassion: If you are in significant pain or feeling overwhelmed, compassion practice can be especially useful.  It can be an effective counterpoint to self-criticism and self-loathing. This practice involves embracing who you are in an awake and accepting, and openhearted way, bringing kindness and acceptance to even the most difficult experiences.
  4. Learning: A central element of treatment is providing information that can help you to more fully understand, and importantly, have compassion for your own experience. We will teach you about the nature of your condition (i.e. depression or anxiety) and ways in which you habitually respond may increase distress and decrease satisfaction. Our methods include verbal instruction (supported by handouts), experiential demonstrations (e.g. demonstrating the paradoxical effects of thought suppression), and exploration of examples for your own life.


How can mindfulness based psychotherapy help?

Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy focuses on helping you:

  • develop a new relationship with your internal experiences (one that is broad rather than narrow-that is, seeing thoughts objectively rather than all-encompassing truths);
  • cultivate willingness to approach rather than trying to avoid experience;
  • engage in actions that matter to you rather than habitually avoiding;
  • respond rather than react (to worrisome thoughts, catastrophic images or recurrent painful memories);
  • expand your awareness of experience, noticing reactions as what they are and allowing them to be;
  • developing kindness and compassion towards yourself; and
  • intentionally choosing to respond in an alternative way.


Make an appointment for mindfulness based psychotherapy

If you would like to arrange an appointment or require further information regarding our mindfulness based psychotherapy service please telephone our Wolverhampton practice on: 01902 827808.  Alternatively fill out our online contact form and we will contact you within 24 hours. Remember that we are now open seven days a week.

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