"Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges when paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally to things as they are"
Since the 1970's clinical psychology and psychiatry have developed a number of therapeutic applications based on mindfulness practice for helping individuals experiencing a variety of psychological conditions.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the process of bringing one's attention to our thoughts, feelings and emotions occurring in the present moment through the practice of meditation.
I use both Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as part of my approach to treat individual clients with a range of conditions including but not limited to:
Alexander James DipCBH, MBCT
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an anxiety treatment without medication. The 8-week evidence-based programme offers secular, intensive mindfulness training including techniques such as meditation, gentle yoga and mindfulness exercises to assist people with stress, anxiety and pain. After engaging in an MBSR course participants have reported feeling more energised and engaged in their work, less anxious, as well as sleeping better and displaying fewer physical symptoms of stress.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed specifically to help people who are prone to recurrent depression.
MBCT is an adaptation of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) that uses the same basic format and structure combining mindfulness exercises like meditation, breathing techniques and stretching, with elements from cognitive therapy to help break the negative thought patterns that are characteristic of recurrent depression.
MBCT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for people who suffer from recurrent episodes of depression. Evidence shows that MBCT can, on average, reduce the risk of relapse of recurrent depression by 43% (Mark et al, 2014).
Aside from its clinical application Mindfulness practice has been found to be beneficial in increasing sports performance and proven to enhance creativity, problem solving and decision making.
Please go to the MINIM (Mindfulness In Music) page for more information on my work with artists, songwriters, producers and executives in the music industry.
"I completed the 8 weeks mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapy course with Alexander James after my initial assessment with him. I have suffered from a couple of periods of depression in the past, gone through cognitive behaviour therapy, and counselling which helped. I also took anti-depressants on the advice of my GP when I was last diagnosed with depression and gradually stopped taking them after 1 year. A few months ago, the black cloud over my head was back, possibly triggered and aggravated by work and the perimenopause. I didn’t want to go back on anti-depressants or go through more cognitive behaviour therapy – Even though it really helped me get back on my feet previously, I felt it was more like a plaster on a sore rather than a longer-term help for me. Alexander James takes a bespoke approach and puts you at ease very quickly. His treatment through the mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapy has given me an invaluable toolkit to manage every day life. I feel calmer, stronger, and better equipped to face the black cloud should it come back. I am very grateful to be able to put this into practice for a healthier and more peaceful life. Thank you Alexander James."
G. Dior - Hammersmith FreeIndex
Alexander James is a Mindfulness-Based Therapist and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist helping clients overcome addictions, stress and anxiety disorders.
Appointments are available at various clinics across Central London including:
1 Harley Street, Bank, Canary Wharf, Notting Hill, Wimbledon and outside London at the Cowdray Therapy Rooms in West Sussex.
I also offer home visits and Skype consultations.
Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.