The first randomised study to compare the options of individual cognitive behavioural therapy or an eight-week mindfulness group for people with moderate symptoms of depression and anxiety found that there were no statistical differences between the two treatments.
I work as a counsellor in practice in Marrickville and have been teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction for ...
While I believe that individual therapy can be more useful for some than groups, I also think that it can work the other way round. Sometimes the combination can be helpful.
- Learning mindfulness meditation is an introduction to a useful lifelong skill.
- Once mastered you can continue practising mindfulness by yourself
- Greater mindfulness is associated with less physical illness, improved well-being, improved self-control, less negative emotions, better capacity to tolerate difficult feelings and improve concentration, focus attention and working memory.
- Engaging in an MBSR course often leads to decreases in symptoms of anxiety, depression and psychological distress
- MBSR groups are enjoyable. Most participants say they love the support of the group and benefit from hearing stories from other group members
- MBSR is non-pathologising. In the course, we explore the workings of the human mind and how this can feed stress etc. You'll find you have more in common than not with other group members regardless of what has brought you to the course.
- It is a course about self-care and building resilience. We can all do with more of that.
Book our October course
Our next HeadRest MBSR course begins in Marrickville on Wednesday, October 26th. The early bird discount ends this Wednesday, September, 24. You can book through the headrest website or ring me to discuss whether this is the best option for you 0431 84 2950.