Counselling, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness  
that creates lasting freedom. 
 
Tel: 01453 763463 
Mob: 07903 667251 
 
 
 
 
 
Mindfulness teaches us to respond to the experience of being at our limits with gentleness and compassion 
 
 
Cultivating non-judging awareness can change the patterns of our relationships. 
 
 
Learning mindfulness increases our ability to experience and express empathy. 
 
 
Being mindful, we let go of struggle and simply allow things to be as they are. 

Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) 8 week course 

Find ways of living life with less stress, cope better and improve your sense of well being and quality of life. 
The aim of this course is to bring more awareness and acceptance into everyday life by establishing a daily mindfulness practice; to deepen understanding of the way we think, feel and react to stress and to understand and practice mindful responses to stress. The course is very practical and participatory; over the weeks we systematically work to cultivate the skill necessary to live a life with more ease, joy and present moment awareness. 
 
Mindfulness helps you see your life differently, change unhelpful patterns & experience more choice 
 
Many people are referred to this program by their doctor or decide to participate themselves because they are stressed, anxious or feeling unwell and want to participate more fully in their health.  
 
MBSR is the most recognised and established mindfulness course, taught all over the world, and scientifically proven to help people cope better with stress, depression and anxiety. 
 
MBSR has been proven effective for managing 
 
Stress – job, family, relationships and health 
High blood pressure and hypertension 
Anxiety 
Chronic pain and illness 
Fatigue and headaches 

MBSR Course outline 

 
Course structure 
 
Individual introductory pre-course interview 
Eight 2.5 hour weekly session (20 hours plus the retreat day) 
A daylong retreat to help deepen participants' experience 
 
This life-affirming program includes 
 
Guided instructions in mindfulness practices 
Gentle stretching and mindful movement 
Activities to enhance awareness in everyday life 
Group dialogue and support (although this is not group therapy) 
Daily home practices 
Supporting materials, audio and workbook 
 
The course outline: 
 
Week 1. What is mindfulness. 
 
Week 2. Gathering the scattered mind - The power of being present, living all your moments. 
 
Week 3. What is stress? Learning about our patterns of reactivity to stress. 
 
Week 4. Coping with stress - Using mindfulness to Respond instead of React. 
 
Week 5. Mindfulness of thought. 
 
Week 6. Mindfulness of emotions. 
 
Week 7. Cultivating compassion. 
 
Week 8. A mindful life. 
 
The MBSR program is interactive and seeks to engage participants in practical activities to enhance learning. Daily practice is a hugely important component, so to get the most benefit from the course, participants are asked to commit themselves to a prepared home practice for between 40-60 minutes per day, 6 days per week. You will also receive a workbook with helpful reading about each week’s topic, along with all the meditations for the course. 
 
 
When you are mindful, you are more keenly aware of everything that is going on within and around you in this current moment, this is because you are not so preoccupied with your usual mental wrangling. The "space" that mindfulness opens up gives you the opportunity to observe the happenings of the world in a fresh light and to accept the "what is" of this moment and leave it at that. 
 
Without mindfulness, you may react mentally, emotionally and physically to life, and sometimes the consequences of those reactions are even more damaging that the events that brought them up in the first place! 
 
This course is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced meditators. It is also extremely helpful for, professionals, particularly health professionals, and anyone wishing to find ways of living a less stressful life. 
 
Both the MBSR program and Alys the facilitator create a safe, hospitable environment as I partner with participants to form a deeply engaging space for learning and growth. 
 
 
 

What is Mindfulness? 

Our minds are habitually in two simple modes most of the time: "Rehearsing the future" or "Rehashing the past". While our minds wobble along, rocking back and forth between the future and past, our bodies move in the present, almost on "autopilot" as we run from one thing to the next in our lives. Before you know it, days, weeks, months and years seem to roll by in the blink of an eye. The constant wanting for things to be better, and our innate resistance to pain and discomfort spur us to ‘react' to life rather than respond with ease, clarity and purpose. 
 
"Mindfulness" is the opposite of being on automatic pilot mode. It is about experiencing the world in the ‘here and now' - with your mind, body and spirit in alignment. This is referred to as 'being fully present'. It is a tool - one that is accessible at anytime and anyplace - to free oneself from the trap of reactive living and the needless suffering that we inflict upon ourselves. 
 
This interactive, engaging and practical program is grounded in practices that enable you to recognise habitual patterns of reaction. Responding intentionally instead of reacting emotionally becomes a possibility. Participants may discover long-held emotional and behavioural patterns that create unnecessary stress. These reactive patterns are often the basis of mental, physical and spiritual disease and suffering. As insights arise through self-observation, an increased sense of stability, kindness, compassion, and joy emerges. 
 
Mindfulness is a life skill which can deepen our sense of well-being and fulfillment. 
 
 
Mindfulness is “arriving at our own door”, being in touch with ourselves, with others and our surroundings in the present moment. 
 

Mindfulness Classes in Stroud 

8 Weekly evening sessions (2.5 hrs) 
 
Dates to be added soon 
 
If you would like a day course, a different evening, or a one to one training, please contact me and we can arrange something. 
 
Investment price £280 
 
 
These groups will be kept small, providing more opportunity to develop skills in communication: listening, responding, interacting and interpersonal relations. It also provides participants more opportunity to gain awareness of their emotional reactions in a smaller group, which can often feel more comfortable and supportive. 
 
Investing in yourself is the biggest investment you can make 
 
 
 
Who will be facilitating this course? 
 
Alys is an Integrative Counsellor, psychotherapist and Mindfulness teacher. She has a special interest in using mindfulness to help people manage stress-related conditions (including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain) and improve their overall well-being. She has a long-standing meditation and mindful movement practice and abides by the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses. 
 
She continues to study extensively in the areas of awareness, mindfulness, and meditation, incorporating these experiences in teaching meditation and stress reduction classes and workshops. Alys has practiced meditation for over 20 years. 
 
''My passion for bringing mindful awareness to people comes from discovering meditation when I was in my twenties. It opened doors of perception, awareness and clarity that have guided me my entire life. Being able to share the mind body practices with others through MBSR and seeing them open, soften, and connect with their own inner wisdom is incredibly inspiring.'' 
 
"Mindfulness has made such a difference in my life, so it's a joy for me to share it with others. I find it a privilege to introduce people to mindfulness, knowing that mindfulness lets us see the world and ourselves with greater clarity and compassion.'' 
 
Alys
 
May all beings without exception be happy 
 
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