Mindfulness is a simple but powerful technique that can be learned and practised at an individual's own pace.
It achieves powerful results by helping us to increase our resilience, reduce stress and anxiety and manage pain.
At Brightspace, we are experienced in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This combines mindfulness techniques and practices with the most effective elements of Cognitive Behaviourial Therapy (CBT). It offers a well-researched, evidence-based programme that can be life-transforming. Many things have the word ‘mindfulness’ attached, but not all are based on such rigorous research and credible evidence.
Who is using it?
Individuals interested in improving their overall health and wellbeing
NHS recommend it for anxiety and depression. The National Institute of Clinical Evidence confirm it is a treatment of choice for relapse prevention in depression
Patients suffering from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, cancer, high blood pressure and other medical conditions
Schools and Universities - to help children increase their resilience and to support adolescents as they navigate change and encounter inevitable stress
Workplace - extensive programmes in Google, Apple, Microsoft and many other busnesses
UK Parliament - Mindful Nation UK All Party Parliamentary Report recommends the widespread use of mindfulness
UK & US Military - mental resilience and trauma recovery programmes
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is supported by a wealth of credible research. It is now clinically proven to significantly reduce stress and anxiety and improve physical and mental health. The growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that it actually helps to change the structure and shape of the brain, thus contributing to wiser decision making, greater creativity and improved resilience.
The powerful combination of practices such as meditation, breathing and movement with elements from cognitive therapy have been developed, researched and refined over the last 20 years. These techniques help people to pay attention to the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future, and to identify and let go of those thought patterns that limit enjoyment of life.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy was developed by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, Dr John Teasdale of Cambridge University and Professor Zindel Segal of the University of Toronto. It was based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s inspiring work in the 1970s and they formed a close collaboration as they pursued a rigorous research programme and clinical trials.