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ACT & Mindfulness

Mindfulness is not a process of cognition, but rather one of awareness: it encourages us to experience each moment as it happens, rather than becoming tangled in an internal flurry of thoughts and anxieties. Mindfulness is fast becoming an essential part of Western psychological therapies.

Popularly associated with stress reduction, calm and stillness, there’s now also clear evidence that mindfulness practice also improves memory, and enhances awareness, empathy and compassion.

An overview of mindfulness based therapies
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Mindfulness, though it draws influence from ancient Buddhist tradition, is fast becoming an essential part of a range of non-religious psychological therapies and helping people with a wide variety of physical and emotional concerns.

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ACT ~ Therapy for a meaningful life
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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is a cognitive behavioural model of psychotherapy which shuns the classic Western psychiatric concept of 'disorder' in favour of a view of the normal human mind tending towards destructive cognitive and emotional processes.

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Mindfulness and the brain
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It's popularly associated with peacefulness, calm, and stress reduction. But there's clear evidence that meditation also improves memory, increases awareness, empathy and compassion. These changes are revealed on brain scans.

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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
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Professor Mark Williams, co-developer of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and research fellow at Oxford University, discusses the science behind why mindfulness works, in calming stress and preventing depression from recurring.

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MINDFULNESS BASED THERAPISTS

Sharon Kalsy
Chartered Psychologist

Sharon completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Surrey University. As well as experience in the NHS, she has worked as a psychologist in the prison service and as a business consultant to multinationals. She has worked in executive management in the charity sector and now runs her own company which offers a variety of psychology services to individuals, groups and organisations.

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Kiki Iordanidou
HCPC Clinical Psychologist

A chartered Counselling Psychologist who completed her training at London Metropolitan University, Kiki has worked in the NHS and has extensive experience working in the private sector. She specialises in anxieties, self-esteem and confidence.

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Ophelia Beer
Chartered Psychologist

Ophelia is lead psychologist at a busy eating disorders centre in Kensington & Chelsea. She holds a professional doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has extensive experience working within four NHS trusts.

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David Gracey
Chartered Psychologist

Alongside his private work, David has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, with various groups including families and older adults. As a researcher he has published in numerous academic journals. He is a chartered psychologist who completed his doctorate at the Institute of Psychiatry.

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Lou Monaco
Chartered Psychologist

Lou is a chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society who trained and worked in the US before moving to London in 2009. He was appointed Adjunct Professor at City University, New York, and has continued teaching in the UK as a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

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Martin Parsons
Chartered Psychologist

Martin completed his doctorate at Canterbury Christchurch University and has worked in mental health services in the NHS for over 10 years. He has further training in systemic approaches and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and works in a treatment and recovery team for the NHS in Hammersmith and Fulham.

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Helen Mann
Chartered Psychologist

Helen completed her doctoral training at Christchurch Canterbury University. A chartered psychologist with extensive NHS experience as lead psychologist at the East London NHS Trust. Helen has also held various research and teaching roles, and pursues a keen interest in the arts.

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Silvia Miranda
Chartered Psychologist

Silvia completed her training at the Institute of Psychiatry and City University. She is a chartered psychologist who alongside her private work, practices in NHS primary care at London's Maudsley Hospital, and at GP surgeries. She has particular expertise in trauma and eating disorders.

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Simon Whalley
Chartered Psychologist

Simon completed his doctoral research at Regent's College in London where he currently lectures. He has worked in adult mental health within the NHS and a number of community organisations. He has particular expertise with social anxiety, panic and addictions.

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