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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

Dr Stephen Higgins
Chartered Psychologist

Steve completed his doctoral training at the University of East London. He is a chartered psychologist with wide NHS experience working across mental and physical health services. He has particular expertise in providing support for people who present with anxiety disorders, depression, relationship difficulties, chronic fatigue and trauma.

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Dr Gill Deane
Chartered Psychologist

Gill qualified as a psychologist in South Africa and underwent further training in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute. Since chartership in 2001, she has held senior positions in the public, private and charity sectors. Gill works across all presentations of depressive and anxiety conditions, and has particular expertise in eating disorders and sports’ psychology.

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Dr Lucy Mabbott
Chartered Psychologist

Lucy completed her doctoral training at Roehampton University with further training in CBT at the Institute of Psychiatry and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy at the Anna Freud Centre. She is a Chartered Psychologist who alongside her private work practices in a Perinatal Mental Health Team in West London. She has particular expertise in depression and anxiety.

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James Álvarez PhD
Chartered Psychologist

Jim completed his doctoral training at New York’s Columbia University and has extensive experience in delivering evidence-based psychological services to a wide range of individuals. A published author, he is also a registered Occupational Psychologist and has successfully led several corporate change projects, delivering benefits to thousands of employees.

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Dr Erin Miller
Chartered Psychologist

Erin completed her professional doctorate at City University London, later to be invited back as a lecturer and supervisor on the same course. Now concentrating on private practice, Erin has considerable experience in the public sector, as an NHS psychologist and within a number of national charities.

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Dr 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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Hayley Melin
Chartered Psychologist

Alongside her private work, Hayley manages The House Partnership and City Addictions. She also has considerable experience as a psychologist in two NHS trusts. Together with her work in general adult mental health, she has particular specialisms in addictions and issues with food.

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Dr Lou Monaco
Chartered Psychologist

Lou, who can offer sessions only via Skype at the moment, 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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Dr 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 CPsychol
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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Dr 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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