Seahaven Counselling & Hypnotherapy,
7D, Chapel Street,
East Sussex BN9 9PN
Mindfulness, Creative Working and NLP
Mindfulness practice stems from Buddhist tradition over thousands of years. It’s both a tool to promote healthy
living and wellbeing in everyday life as well as assisting with both mental and physical conditions. The areas it
has been most successful for include obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, stress and addiction.
It is based on a form of meditation which helps you to focus on the moment, the here and now. It’s about
reducing the “busyness” of life and pausing for a moment. Becoming more of a "human being", rather than
a "human doing"
Jon Kabat-Zinn (1979) who founded the Mindfulness-based stress reduction programme describes it as,
“Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the moment and non-judgementally”.
From experience, I also find working creatively can really help people understand their issues or concerns.
This work is often particularly powerful and an example of creative techniques I have trained in and make
use of are:
Sand tray work / working with models and toys
Drawing / artwork.
Working with dreams.
Using animals in therapy
NLP was founded by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. It’s about looking at patterns in your thoughts, feelings
and behaviours and being able to positively reframe or “model” them on other successes in your life. There are many different techniques within NLP which vary depending upon whether your preferences are visual (easily able to visualise / see things), aural (focused on sounds or remembering by hearing) or kinesetic (more aware of physical emotions or feelings).
NLP is based on the following principles:
Know what outcomes you want to achieve.
Be able to understand if you are moving towards or away from your outcome – using sensory indicators to confirm this.
Be flexible enough to vary your behaviour to achieve the required outcome.
Be prepared to take action today.