Meditation & Creative Visualisation
Research tells us that being relaxed diminishes our anxiety and creates a space whereby you can be more creative. In a deeply relaxed state your imagination can be high and rich, whilst your anxiety levels are low. In this state you can absorb your creativity in a more open and accepting way that can positively impact your hopes and desires for example, that all-important presentation you have to make, sitting that upcoming exam, or flying off on your far-away holiday. Perhaps you are experiencing self-esteem and confidence issues. Whatever it is that is stopping you from being the confident person that you wish to be, this practice may be of great help to you.
This is short-term work and you may find that you only need 3-6 sessions to experience real improvement in whatever specific issue is holding you back. You need no special clothing and will be able to function fully immediately afterwards in order to get on with your day. You are free to re-engage in hypnotherapy for a different issue at any time and may find that experiencing relief in one issue may have a knock-on effect with other issues too.
Please note that traditional longer-term counselling and psychotherapy will still be available should you find that you wish to engage in an exploration of your life in a more detailed and nuanced way.
£60 per 50 minute session.
Payment is made by cash or electronic transfer at the time of your appointment. Cancellation policy: one week's notice is required if you wish to cancel a session. Less than one week and a full fee will be charged.
Meditation within counselling sessions
Guided meditations within yoga practice
Buddhist meditations and breath work
Hypnotherapy creative meditation
My practice over the last 5 years has been to engage more specifically in Zen practice and the teachings of Zen Buddhism. As well as engaging in a regular sitting meditation practice, I am a member of the Stonewater Zen sangha and I try to attend at least one retreat per year. I have found, that a regular sitting practice has helped develop an awareness of my moment to moment experiencing. This has aided my daily living by bringing to attention to what may be bothering me most, something that I may be avoiding, or something that may be important that is going unnoticed. One of the greatest benefits of a sitting practice is that I come into contact with my direct experiencing of body and mind more fully. I have found that this helps with my self-awareness and contributes to a developing sense of groundedness.
In my practice as a therapist, I work very much with the body and the felt sense by focusing on emotions and moment to moment experiencing. This way we slow down the impact of cognitive loops and repetitive, negative thoughts, that may be impeding life.
I recognise that meditation is not for everyone, however, if you wish to incorporate silent meditation into your therapy sessions please do ask about this. Clients who choose to incorporate even 5 mins of silent Zen meditation at the beginning of a session have found the practice to be very grounding in bringing them into the present moment. That can really help focus the work in the immediacy of the moment. It does not follow the structure of popular mindfulness programs and therefore is completely at your pace and unique to you.
Websites and organisations that may be of interest:
www.stonewaterzen.org Click here
www.manubazzano.com Click here
www.dharmaocean.org Click here
Books that may be of interest:
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunyru Suzuki
Not Always So - Shunryu Suzuki
No Mud, No Lotus - Thich Nhat Hanh
Appreciate Your Life - Taizan Maezumi Roshi
Being Zen, Bringing Meditation to Life - Ezra Bayda
Zen Questions - Taigen Dan Leighton
The Zen of Creativity - John Daido Loori