Yoga and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

What is the treatment?

We use a combination of yoga and mindfulness based cognitive therapy to help you to reclaim your body after a traumatically stressful incident or repeated experiences which have hurt you in different ways. This is a gradual process which requires skilled attention and professional care.

Bringing the body into therapy may seem like a new and possibly alarming idea. Precisely because it is complex, like an astronaut returning from a different planet, preparation for re-entry needs to be well thought out and all resources in place for safety and survival.

What are the benefits of the Treatment?

Individual or small group work is focused on practices for healing pain and suffering.  Choice is a key practice- this leads to empowerment. Slowly, integrating aspects of experience will enable you to ‘dare to breathe’ again.

Fundamental to yoga is the embodied sense of you being you, with breath and movement helping you define yourself differently time and time again.

The sessions are devoted to you finding your own flexibility in thought and action. As you find the strength within yourself to explore safety and boundary, there will be more opportunity for you to connect to yourself. This is the foundation for us to be able to risk connecting to anyone else and trusting in our own judgment.

Finding or restoring your personal power may be challenging or problematic at times and this is why the sessions are designed to welcome you at any stage of your awareness and recovery. Overwhelming and intense images, thoughts or feelings may have oriented you to staying very private, reclusive, withdrawn and isolated.

Who can it benefit?

Perhaps you have already made significant efforts to help yourself in talk therapy and yet somehow you still feel disconnected from your own body. Sometimes survivors of traumatic stress carry the burden of shame, guilt, anxiety and self loathing for years and years.

Sometimes, even acknowledging you have a body may generate disturbing and distressing experience for you, so we offer options for combining psychotherapy with yoga if this is helpful for you to consider. Additionally, if it serves you well and only in the timing that is right for you, there is also the possibility of safe learning about sensation and feeling through holistic massage therapy.

We offer the following forms of Yoga:

  • Trauma – Sensitive Yoga in Psychotherapy
  • Yoga for emotional trauma
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Thai Yoga massage

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need yoga or massage therapy?

Our experience, as well as a large body of research, has determined that it is impossible to separate mental and physical wellbeing. By using treatments that acknowledge this complex, dynamic relationship we are able to achieve profound results. We will create a programme of treatment that meets your needs, but the expertise and qualifications that enable us to combine physical and talking therapies enable us to offer unique, profound programmes of treatment.

When can I begin my treatment?

We will do our best to arrange an initial consultation as soon as possible. In most cases we will be able to to initiate therapy very promptly as we do not have the limitations that can sometimes result in long waiting times for NHS treatment. We offer a limited number of sessions outside normal office hours in mornings, evenings and weekends and will do our best to find a time that works best for you.

How do I start my treatment?

The first step is to get in touch with Jacqueline, our lead counsellor. She will arrange for an initial consultation where we can asses your needs. We will then create a programme of treatment that meets your requirements, drawing on the wide range of talking and physical therapies that we offer.

How do I book an appointment?

Please get in touch with Jacqueline who will help find the appointment that’s best for you.

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