Taking some time out to live in the moment can change our lives. We can help you do it.
In today’s fast-paced world, many people do not take the time to try and live in the moment. They are always fretting about the past, worrying about the future and rushing to get to their next goal. This can lead to stress, dissociation and exhaustion, all of which impact heavily on overall mental health. It is, in fact, counterproductive to avoid “down-time” as part of your schedule. Mindfulness therapy can be an invaluable tool in allowing us to focus on the present and calm our minds.
Although mindfulness strongly derives from ancient Buddhist practices, it is just as useful to those who follow a different spiritual or religious path or who do not follow any spiritual or religious path at all. Mindfulness has experienced something of an explosion in popularity over recent years, with countless mindfulness videos available on YouTube. However, professional mindfulness therapy is an entirely different experience to simply watching a video. There are two main types of mindfulness therapy: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT). Harley Therapy Clinic offers the latter of these two therapies.
An MCBT therapist teaches a range of mindfulness techniques which are also influenced by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The mindfulness elements of the process teach you to be aware of your thoughts and feelings and exist in the moment and the CBT elements help teach you to let go of any negative thoughts and find ways of coping when they arise. An MCBT therapist will guide you through various exercises within the sessions, as well as giving you exercises to do outside of sessions.
Both mindfulness and CBT encourage you to focus on the present, not the past or the future. Whether you suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder thanks to past trauma or you are plagued with anxiety about your past and future to the extent that you cannot enjoy your life, learning to deal with each moment as it comes can be an invaluable coping mechanism.
Freeing ourselves of ingrained negative thoughts and behaviours can take time, but MCBT has been shown to produce results relatively quickly. For this reason, MCBT usually involves a short to mid-term course of counselling. Our practitioners at Online Therapy Company will always endeavour to ensure that anyone who presents as needing further therapy once their course of MCBT is finished will be properly cared for in the appropriate way.
Mindfulness CBT represents a combination of two different therapies which complement one another very well. The state of just “being” has been proven time and time again to trigger positive change in the human brain. MBCT teaches you that holding on to negative thoughts is damaging, and offers techniques for fending them off.