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.
I came across and article in Medium by Alison Crosthwait in Thinking about Psychotherapy. Called There is no hack that will get you around your unconscious
What I liked about this article was the way Alison was able describe in plain words what brings people to psychotherapy, what the incumbent needs for it to work and glimpses of the journey.
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Two courses have just been announced from Conscious Embodiment in cooperation with the International Society of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine; Emotional First Aid: From Trauma to Attachment. Crisis Intervention and Attachment Support for Parents, Babies and Toddlers – with Thomas Harms on 13th May and Templates of Embodiment – with Matthew Appleton & Jenni Meyer beginning in September 2016.
Emotional first aid
Templates of Embodiment
Exploring the place of Silence in Psychotherapy, Society and our World.
James Hillman famously titled his book “We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the World is Getting Worse”.
Despite the weight of increasing stress, depression and fear on a global scale, can the presence of Silence break open our isolation and sense of separateness and offer us a deeper connection to meaning, to ourselves, each other and to the world at large?
Continue reading “The Heart of Silence Conference April 16/17th 2016”