Steve Wasserman

Steve Wasserman | Member since February 2011 | Wembley, United Kingdom

I am a therapist and trainer in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I now mainly teach an 8 week course called Mindfulness Based Poetry Therapy (MBPT).

I was first introduced to meditation in 1989 whilst at University. Depressed, stressed, and perpetually anxious, I was clearly not having the fabled Best-Years-of-Your-Life experience that I had been led to believe was awaiting me. So I thought I'd give breathing on a cushion with my eyes closed a bash!

I guess that I was probably drawn to meditation by the promise of greater calm and relaxation, an increased ability to deal with my stress and anxiety, as well as the desire to understand myself and my own mind a little bit better.

The decades that followed saw me deepening my meditation practice through study and retreats with teachers particularly in two schools of Buddhist meditation: Zen and Vipassana (Insight) meditation.

Insight meditation/mindfulness has been my main focus for the last two decades, along with an interest in other mind-body practices and my post-graduate studies in clinical psychology and therapy.

I am also very interested in how we use creative as well as other contemplative practices to find flow, meaning and solace in our lives. Drawing (especially silly cartoons), music-making, podcasting, meditation, walking, writing, learning poems by heart, hiking and gardening, as well as throwing balls for my dog Max are all important “practices” for me contributing a great deal to my well-being and mental health. What’s your “thread”?

I am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework.

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