Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy and Supervision
Simply paying attention to what is in the moment. Although easy to state, this is a very hard thing to do and requires an intention to return to what ever you are attending to on a moment basis. The mind likes to take us away from being present.
Great work being done by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others bringing Mindfulness into Education. Mindfulness encourages and develops the emotional intelligence of children.
Introducing and teaching Mindfulness into schools helps senior management recognise that achievement targets are not as important as developing the child as a rounded individual. Teaching children mindfulness helps them to look after their emotions. Children are able to stop and notice what they experiencing and supports stillness and openness. Mindfulness becomes relevant when it is given context and expressed in our culture.
Highlights of our 2018 Conference: The Future of Mindfulness & Education | Mindfulness in Schools Project
An article by Traci Pedersen in PsychCentral reports that researchers at the Centre for Primary Health Care Research (CPF) in Malmo, Sweden in collaboration with Lund University have found Mindfulness Group Therapy MGT just as effective as individual CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for a wide range of psychiatric symptoms including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, aggression and paranoid ideation.
How were psychiatric symptoms measured?
Researchers looked at a wide range of psychiatric symptoms (measured by several types of questionnaires) and studied how these symptoms responded to treatment, either with mindfulness in group therapy or individual CBT.
They found that the average score for all 15 different subscales/indexes in the various questionnaires decreased significantly in both scales. The various scales measured, among others, symptoms of depression, general anxiety, stress and somatization, obsessive-compulsive disorder, interpersonal sensitivity, aggression, phobic anxiety, paranoid ideation, and psychoticism.
They found no difference in treatment outcomes between the two groups.
How many patients and which area. The study was an eight-week randomised controlled trial involving 215 patients from 16 different healthcare centres across Scania in southern Sweden. Psychiatric symptoms were measured by several types of questionnaire. The new findings are published in the journal European Psychiatry.
“Our new research shows that mindfulness group therapy has the equivalent effect as individual CBT for a wide range of psychiatric symptoms that are common among this patient group,” says Professor Jan Sundquist, who led the research group in the study which has been published in European Psychiatry.
“Since the generation of positive emotions is crucial in the initiation of a positive spiral towards recovery, long-term outcomes of this contingent inhibiting effect of antidepressants on psychotherapy outcome in terms of positive affect will have to be investigated in more detail in experimental set-ups”
“If our findings are replicated it would implicate that the sequential addition of psychotherapy to antidepressants could be less efficient than discontinuing antidepressants before/during receiving psychotherapy especially for improving long-term outcomes.”
Dawn Foster of the Guardian in her piece “Is mindfulness making us ill?” of 23rd January discusses the explosion of interest in mindfulness courses as a technique of choice popular to employers. Mindfulness courses range from smart phone apps to three day mindfulness as part of a training programme. Dawn refers to a number of cases where side-effects have profoundly effected peoples lives leaving them disturbed, open, and vulnerable.
She states that there are dangers in way that mindfulness is marketed as an alternative lifestyle choice rather than a powerful form of therapy. The Karuna Institute a UKCP member led by Maura Sills provides an accredited psychotherapy training using mindfulness. Mindfulness has been taught and used in therapeutic relationship within Core Process Psychotherapy for thirty years.
Counselling is an intense focus or short-term consideration on immediate problems. Counselling can support someone in crisis has left them unable to function in every day life. I am a counsellor who uses mindfulness. I can set aside time with you to help you deal with what is happening in your life. I try and give you another viewpoint on what has been happening.
Counselling in a crisis
Counselling is like Psychotherapy. Short-term focused work is more appropriate for trying to help manage a crisis. I may offer advice to someone in a crisis. I try to empower a client to find their own solution to the situation.
Why would you seek counselling?
A death of a close relative. A relationship breakup. Debt management. Bullying in the work place. These issues need advice. Guidance is more appropriate than looking at patterns of behaviour. Advising clients can help them to re-organise their lives. To cope with the everyday. Counselling is short term support to help the client get back to a sense of having some control of their lives.
What do you normally get from counselling?
The activities are solution focused. They concentrate on developing coping strategies. I help identify what to do. Give priorities to activities, and producing lists of critical activities. Counselling can include referring clients to specialist agencies. Where more appropriate short term work may be helpful.
The number of counselling sessions is to between six and eight. I see counselling clients on a weekly basis. This way I keep a better handle on what happening for them. I offer practical short-term help for the current crisis.
Your psychotherapist offers an approach to working through issues using mindfulness based psychotherapy.
Humanistic and Integrative backgound
Training began at Karuna Institute in 1993. I was first accredited as a psychotherapist by the UKCP in 2003. Through the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College HIPC. I have practiced as a Core Process Psychotherapist since 2003. Karuna taught and has championed the use of mindfulness. Karuna uses mindfulness in the relationship to develop a therapeutic alliance. Maura Sills is a Director of The Karuna Institute. She has taught, and supported the use of mindfulness in psychotherapy. She has taught for over 25 years in the United Kingdom.
Core process psychotherapy training
I began training as a Core Process Psychotherapist at the Karuna Institute. I completed the foundation year then moving onto the Professional Diploma. After accruing enough client hours working as a psychotherapist, I accredited. I accredited through the Karuna Institute with the UKCP. I then studied for and completed a Master of Arts in Core Process Psychotherapy in 2002.
I have been a UKCP approved Supervisor since September 2018. A Psychotherapist and Counsellor in Southampton since 2003. I work with couples using the ‘Key to Couples Work’ with Jennie Miller which offers a TA approach.
l studied and worked as an Systems Engineer. I become interested in Spirituality, Buddhism, Personal Development, Social and Ecological Responsibility. I trained as a Counsellor. Then as a Psychotherapist and finally as a Secondary School Teacher. My abode is in Shirley Southampton, Hampshire with my wife and our two children. I see clients as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Private Practice.
Currently, I rent rooms at the Romney Centre in Southampton which is in the Avenue. Individual clients appointments are 50 minutes and weekly. Couples sessions are 90 minutes, and are two weekly. Please call the Romney Centre to make an appointment or email me for availability.