john waller

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy MBCT teacher

Based in
Bath, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Bath and Bristol
john waller | Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy MBCT teacher

Rates: £225

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Psychotherapist/Counsellor and Mindfulness Practitioner/Teacher
UKCP Registered
Member of NRHP

I am a psychotherapist and counsellor based at the Combe Down Branch Surgery in Bath. I offer psychotherapy/counselling and training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
I specialise in a combination of counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), hypnotherapy and mindfulness meditation based cognitive therapy (MBCT). This is especially effective in treating depression, anxiety, stress and IBS. The combination of hypnotherapy and CBT can also help with problems such as chronic pain, insomnia, trauma, phobias, fear of failure, smoking cessation, obesity, habitual behaviours, low confidence and low self esteem. I also can help you manage relationship difficulties and other problems we all encounter from time-to-time in our lives.

Training, Qualifications & Experience (more info)
My first training and work in Hypnotherapy took place at the Volks Universiteit Amsterdam in 1996. I later studied at The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in England and earned an Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy.

My mindfulness meditation pracitice began in 1999. I further developed this to be used in my therapy practice and for teaching mindfulness in groups. I completed the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course at University of Wales Bangor and later studied and training to gain a certificate in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy teaching.

Extra Information
I run the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course for the prevention of persistent unhappiness, depression, anxiety, stress and to promote a more enjoyable life.

The basis of this 8-week course has been running for over 30 years in American hospitals for the treatment and prevention of stress, pain and anxiety. It has proven itself to be highly effective. A few years ago the course was further developed in the UK to prevent relapse into depression. Impressive results from studies have gained the course the approval of NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).

The course involves meditation practices and exercises which bring about greater awareness of our unhelpful automatic negative ways of thinking and reacting to life’s problems. Through enhanced awareness we begin to see the signs of potential crisis, upset and unhappiness much sooner than we normally would. Mindfulness meditation enables us to respond in a calmer, clear headed way that often leads to less of the above problems.

The majority of people completing the course report lasting physical and psychological benefits including:

An increased ability to relax and experience calm
• Greater energy, enthusiasm and appreciation for life
• Heightened self confidence and more acceptance for life as it is
• An increase ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations

The aim of this course is to learn new ways to handle challenging physical sensations, emotions, moods or social interactions.

For more about the course see my website and links.

Group Classes

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy MBCT

The Bath and Bristol 8-week Mindfulness Meditation Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course
For groups, individuals and distance learners

Courses begin: April 22nd, May 12th, September 30th, 2010
The eight week mindfulness course, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, has been running successfully in American hospitals since the 1970s for the treatment of psoriasis, pain, anxiety and stress. It was then termed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. In the late 1990s the course was integrated with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of depression and became known as the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course. The course comprises of about 20% CBT and 80% mindfulness meditation in its undiluted form. The courses I run in Bath and Bristol are the full MBCT courses, delivered in the same way as the course in the MBCT trials (see below). The MBCT course is an experiential, educational course and differs from individual or group psychotherapy.

The course

Although mindfulness meditation has its origins in Buddhism the founders of the courses intended the courses to be run in a secular way. I support this stance which encourages participation by those of other or no religious beliefs. However, this doesn't preclude those adhering to Buddhism benefitting from participating in the course. Indeed, some Buddhists and others experienced in meditation have benefitted greatly from the clear and coherent meditation instruction and rationale used in the course (There is a lot of misunderstanding about how to meditate which often culminates in people giving it up and feeling they are just not very good at it. This need not be so).

MBCT therapists/facilitators help participants learn new ways to handle moods and emotions to help prevent depression and the often accompanying problems of anxiety, stress, insomnia and low self esteem. By following the course, and with some persistence and patience, participants often find significant changes take place in how they experience themselves, others and the world.

A lot of what is learned from the course and one's own practice can be passed on to help one's children, partner, family or friends who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives. The techniques and approaches developed during the course can be applied to most every issue or psychological problem to gain relief. What is learned can help bring about insight and understanding for the problems of others.

Results from trials have shown that the MBCT course reduces relapse in depression by 50% in those who have had three or more previous episodes of depression. The course has the approval of NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as an efficacious treatment for the prevention of depression.

The majority of people completing a MBCT course report lasting physical and psychological benefits including:

•An increased ability to relax and experience calm
•Greater energy, enthusiasm and appreciation for life
•Heightened self confidence and more acceptance for life as it is
•An increase ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations

Those living with or close to someone who has completed the course may also feel the benefits.

What does the MBCT course entail?
Mindfulness meditation is learnt in 8-weekly 2 hour 15 minute sessions and by practicing with instruction CDs each day for approximately 45minutes through out the week. Breathing meditations and yoga practices help us become more aware of the present moment, and of subtle changes in our bodies and minds. We learn a basic understanding of what causes and maintains our low moods, depression, stress and anxiety and how to spot the warning signals and what to do to look after ourselves before distress take's hold.

Through enhanced awareness we begin to see the signs of potential crisis, upset and onset of low mood much sooner than we normally would. This enables us to respond in a calm, clear headed way to regain balance and perspective.

During the sessions we spend half the time doing guided meditation and the other half on reflection, questions, discussion and some theme related exercises.

Your input
You get out of the course what you put in. The benefits of meditation are cumulative and therefore regular practice is needed to get the best out of the course. Very early on you may feel some important benefits but there may be times when it doesn't feel like anything is happening, times when it becomes a bit stressful (which is ironic and paradoxical of course) and demanding of your time. There are times when we feel it's just not working and at this point we need to continue with the correct attitude till the end of the programme. By the end, the benefits will have started to accrue and become apparent and the process will have started to make sense. Recommended reading is an important part of the course though not as important as doing the practices. It is recommended that you do some reading before the start of the course to orientate yourself regarding mindfulness meditation.

I strongly recommend reading 'The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness' by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Also, 'Full Catastrophe Living' by Jon Kabat-Zinn(1990 Delta Books, USA or Piatkus, UK).

During the course I can be emailed with concerns or questions about the practice that can't wait till the next session. Personal psychological issues can't be dealt with in this way. I recommend having a friend, counsellor or psychotherapist who can be contacted for personal support during the course.

Should the need arise I can recommend a therapist who is a mindfulness practitioner or if my schedule permits, I can be available for one to one therapy/instruction/missed sessions. This is paid for separately from the course fee (at a reduced rate during the course).

Joining the course
To join a course you need to contact me by email or phone to arrange for us to meet for 20 minutes to discuss together if we feel the course is suitable for you at this time. This is also an opportunity for you to ask any further questions. There is no charge for this meeting.

The total cost of the programme is £225 this includes:
•Initial, individual session with me to orientate you to the course
•8 x 2 hour 15minute weekly session.
•Teacher support between sessions
•A day retreat at the end or towards the end of the course
•Recently extended course notes now amounting to 70 pages
•Three CDs with seven meditation practices developed to guide you in your daily practice
•Networking information for follow up events and local group
•Very nice and comfortable venue
•At times some levity

Distance learning option
A distance learning option is available for those who can't find a course local to them. Participants are guided throughout the 8-week course by a work-book and nine 45-minute, individual, telephone sessions. They then undertake about 45 minutes of home practice six days a week which entails listening to accompanying CDs which guide various sitting, walking and movement meditations. There are also some simple homework tasks and recommended reading. For more information on this please contact me. Due to the one-on-one nature of the distance learning option the costs are £ 450.

Evaluation of MBCT
For a report on the trials of MBCT see: Teasdale, J.D., Segal, Z.V., Williams, J.M.G., Ridgeway, V., Lau, M., & Soulsby, J. (2000) Reducing risk of recurrence of major depression using Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 615-23 For other data from the trial, see Williams, J.M.G., Teasdale, J.D., Segal, S.V. & Soulsby, J. (2000) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy reduces over-general autobiographical memory in formerly depressed patients. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 109, 150-155.)


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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy MBCT

Supervision for therapists and students of mindfulness or hypnotherapy/psychotherapy courses.

I'm currently (January 2010) supervising Exeter University MBCT diploma course students and National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy diploma students. I am also able to offer supervision to newly qualified therapists working in similar modalities of psychotherapy in the Bath and Bristol area.

Jan 2009


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.



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