New Directions Psychology

Mindfulness Based Workshops

Each of the mindfulness based workshops aims to educate and teach you about a variety of mindfulness techniques and skills to assist you to better respond to not only difficult situations that may arise in life but also to improve your everyday functioning and well-being.
Adapted from Buddhism, mindfulness is a meditation-based practice that has been gaining popularity over the last 20 years in the psychology and health fields. Mindfulness has been used to successfully treat a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, and chronic pain and has proven itself to be effective in promoting general better overall health and well-being in adults, adolescents and children.
Mindfulness aims to teach you to develop a state of present-moment awareness; focused and non-judgemental attention to the here and now. It encourages the capacity to see thoughts and feelings simply as events in the mind and body rather than making judgements about what we find. It allows you to step back from your thoughts and feelings during distressing situations, rather than being caught up with and swept away by them. As a result, this helps you to prevent reacting to thoughts, feelings and situations in an automatic and often unhelpful way, and instead respond with greater choice and considered action.
Mindfulness practice includes a range of techniques which share the same goal of teaching you to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings and to change your relation to them. A key benefit of mindfulness practice is also bringing about a greater compassion towards your inner experiences and yourself, and enhancing connectedness with your external world and experiences.
Each session of the mindfulness based workshops is designed to run for 1 -2 hours. Activities will be completed during the sessions and participants will also be invited to complete home activities to reinforce skills and concepts learnt in session.

If you are in crisis or have a mental health emergency and require immediate assistance:

Phone the Ambulance Service - 000
Visit your local hospital emergency department
Call or visit your local mental health service
Contact your local GP