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Mindfulness for Stress Course

Breathworks Accredited Mindfulness For Stress Course In Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Breathworks Mindfulness and Compassion LogoBreathworks is a founding member of The UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations representing the leading mindfulness teacher training organisations in the UK. Other member organisations include Bangor University, Exeter University and Oxford University. 

Our Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress programme is an internationally recognised course that consists of 8 x 2-hour group sessions, where there will be guided mindfulness practice and theoretical teachings. Each week participants are taught a number of different mindfulness meditation practices that can be incorporated into daily life to reduce stress and aid general wellbeing. Between sessions you will practice at home by using the guided meditations that will be given at week one, we estimate that the home practice will take approximately 30 minutes per day. 

All course participants will receive: 

  • The Little Mindfulness Workbook By Gary Hennesey (Crimson Publishing)
  • The Little Mindfulness Practice Book by Gary Hennessey (Published by Breathworks)
  • USB with 18 different guided meditations
  • Lewis Psychology certificate of attendance
  • 16 hours face to face mindfulness training with Breathworks Accredited mindfulness teacher, Teresa Lewis

 

What Is mindfulness?

Jon Kabat-Zinn's definition of mindfulness:  "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally." Jon Kabat-Zinn is a famous teacher of mindfulness meditation and the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.

Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based training that enables people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences and pain.

Although the meditation practices are rooted in the Buddhist tradition, this is a secular programme and there is no 'spiritual' or 'religious' teachings during the course. 

Mindfulness courses in Wolverhampton 

Who is the course for?

The course is for anyone who simply wants to take time out for themselves and find out more about mindfulness. You do not need to have experience of mindfulness to do this course. All practices are fully explained and taught in a supportive group context and training places are strictly limited so that each delegate receives the individual attention that is so important. By the end of the course you will have a toolkit of techniques which will help you deal with everyday stress and support a richer, calmer life. 

This course may also be of particular benefit to healthcare professionals wanting to find our more about mindfulness and / or would like to learn some skills to manage burnout and promote self care. Previous delegates have included psychologists, counsellors, hospice staff, nurse specialists, HR managers and occupational therapists to name a few. 

If you have already completed an 8 week accredited mindfulness course then you may be interested in our post graduate level Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living course. 

 

Training to teach

Although the Mindfulness for Stress course is aimed at the general public it is also a prerequisite for anybody who wants to train to become a mindfulness teacher. After completing this course you will need to contact one of The UK Network For Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations and enrol on a Mindfulness teacher training course. Completing this course is the first step to becoming a mindfulness teacher. 

A Lewis Psychology certificate of attendance will be provided on completion of the Mindfulness for Stress course.


Course objectives

  • Understand the importance of direct sensory awareness as a way of getting out of the head.
  • Investigate how autopilot leads to stress and how mindfulness gives some choice in how we respond to stressful situations.
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary experience.
  • Understand the reasons for developing sensory awareness as an antidote to stress.
  • Recognise and explore Doing and Being modes.
  • Understand and practice how to look at thoughts rather than from them and how to let go of (unhelpful) thoughts.
  • Identify and explore how turning towards, and being with, the stressful aspects of life is a better strategy than trying to escape from or ignore them.
  • Understand the difference between reacting and responding.
  • Reflect on how our built in “negativity bias” shapes the way we see and respond to the world around us.
  • Learn the science behind suffering; how our survival instincts have led to our own suffering and how we can change this. 
  • Understand how meditation can rewire neural pathways in your brain
  • Understand how seeking out the pleasant can help one to open up to the beauty of pleasant experience as a way to balance our inherent negative bias.
  • Explore the 3 major emotion systems and understand how stress occurs when they are out of balance.
  • Recognise that constant self-criticism doesn’t help us to change.
  • Explore how to ‘turn up’ the contentment / soothing system, which lowers levels of stress.
  • Recognise and assess the danger of the exhaustion funnel and the importance of doing those things that nourish ourselves.

To find out what is covered in the course each week please visit our FAQ Mindfulness Course page. This page also answers the most frequently asked questions regarding our Mindfulness course.

 

Guided meditations

Click on a link below to listen to a guided meditation delivered by Teresa Lewis. Alternatively, you may want to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

 

 

 

Benefits of mindfulness

Thousands of peer-reviewed scientific papers prove that mindfulness reduces pain, enhances mental and physical wellbeing and helps people deal with the stresses and strains of daily life. Here are a few of the main findings:

  • Mindfulness can dramatically reduce pain and the emotional reaction to it.
  • Clinical trials show that mindfulness improves mood and quality of life in chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and lower-back pain, in chronic functional disorders such as IBS, and in challenging medical illnesses, including multiple sclerosis and cancer.
  • Mindfulness improves working memory, creativity, attention span and reaction speeds. It also enhances mental and physical stamina and resilience.
  • Meditation improves emotional intelligence.
  • Mindfulness is a potent antidote to anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability. In short, regular meditators are happier and more contented, while being far less likely to suffer from psychological distress.
  • Mindfulness is at least as good as drugs or counselling for the treatment of clinical-level depression.
  • Meditation enhances brain function. It increases grey matter in areas associated with self-awareness, empathy, self-control and attention. It soothes the parts of the brain that produce stress hormones and builds those areas that lift mood and promote learning. It even reduces some of the thinning of certain areas of the brain that naturally occurs with ageing. 

 

Course dates and venue

All mindfulness courses are held at our training rooms at Lewis Psychology, Deansgate, 62-70 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4TH. 

All 2019 courses are now fully booked. 

 

Your trainer 

Teresa Lewis is a Senior Accredited psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Snr. Accred). Qualified in 1995, Teresa has been providing counselling and psychotherapy treatment for 23 years. Teresa holds a masters degree in counselling and psychotherapy and is a qualified EMDR practitioner having completed training accredited with EMDR Europe. 

Teresa is a qualified adult educator and has lectured extensively in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy and mindfulness. She has completed the Breathworks three year mindfulness teacher training programme including their advanced teacher training retreat. More recently, Teresa has been inspired by the work of Fritz Koster and Erik van den Brink and the development of their Mindful Based Compassionate Living course (MBCL).  Having personally trained with Fritz Koster and Erik van den Brink Teresa is one of the first trained UK based mindfulness teachers to offer the MBCL course.

Teresa has delivered mindfulness training to groups and senior individuals in a wide range of organisations including Ricoh, Assa Abloy, Wolverhampton Academy Trust and The Crown Prosecution Service.  She has also trained NHS clinicians and other psychotherapists in mindfulness skills and runs courses for the general public.

Teresa meets the requirements of the Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses, which is published by the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations. 

Find out what to look for when choosing a Mindfulness Teacher.


Course fee and payment options

The cost of attending the eight week programme is £220. The price includes:

  • The Little Mindfulness Workbook By Gary Hennesey (Crimson Publishing)
  • The Little Mindfulness Practice Book by Gary Hennessey (Published by Breathworks)
  • USB with 18 different guided meditations
  • Lewis Psychology certificate of attendance
  • 16 hours face to face mindfulness training with Accredited mindfulness teacher, Teresa Lewis

To book your place on our eight week Mindfulness for Stress course please telephone our Wolverhampton practice on 01902 827808 to request a booking from. Alternatively fill out our online contact form.

When you have completed your booking form and returned it to us along with payment in full we will send you an email to confirm your place. 

Payment is made via one of the following options:

  • Bank transfer (BACS): Details will be given on your booking form 
  • PayPal: The course fee can be paid by credit and debit card using PayPal. You do not need to open a PayPal account.
  • Cheque: Please make cheques payable to 'Lewis Psychology CIC' 
  • Installments: If you would like to pay by installments please contact us. 

 

Initial telephone discussion

You are welcome to contact us for an initial telephone discussion.  This will be with our mindfulness teacher, Teresa Lewis, who will use this time to gain an understanding of how you could benefit from the Mindfulness course.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the course itself.  At this time you can decide whether you would like to book a place however the discussion is conducted entirely without obligation on your part.