Working With Anxiety: Acceptance (Part 2)

Breaking The Cycle of Anxiety with Curiosity In the previous post I talked a little about the ‘close friend’ exercise, as a way of responding to our own anxiety in a more useful and compassionate way. One of the great things about this exercise is that we can take a step back from our anxiety, [...]

Working with Anxiety: Acceptance (Part 1)

Breaking the cycle of anxiety: Acceptance (Part 1) Accepting anxiety may seem a little strange to some of you. You may be thinking something like: I hate having these thoughts and feelings – I don’t want to accept them, I want to get rid of them! But ask yourself: how would you respond to a [...]

“Why Practice Mindfulness?” and other questions. Part 3: Where do I start?

I began practicing mindfulness several years ago, as part of my training as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist. At the start of each training session, we would all close our eyes and follow a guided meditation. I’ll be honest - in the beginning, I didn’t completely understand the point of it. But eventually, as time [...]

“Why Practice Mindfulness?” and other questions. Part 2: Is it just about being in the present moment?

I began practicing mindfulness several years ago, as part of my training as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist. At the start of each training session, we would all close our eyes and follow a guided meditation. I’ll be honest - in the beginning, I didn’t completely understand the point of it. But eventually, as time [...]

‘Why Practice Mindfulness?’ and Other Questions. Part 1: Why practice mindfulness?

I began practicing mindfulness several years ago, as part of my training as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist. At the start of each training session, we would all close our eyes and follow a guided meditation. I’ll be honest - in the beginning, I didn’t completely understand the point of it. But eventually, as time [...]

What is humanistic and integrative psychotherapy (HIP)? Part 4: The therapeutic mind-set

What is humanistic and integrative psychotherapy (HIP)? Part 4: The therapeutic mind-set. When a person has never come across this particular branch of psychotherapy, it can be difficult to understand what humanistic and integrative psychotherapy is. Maybe this is because that, when you search “humanistic and integrative psychotherapy” on the web, you find a lot of [...]