"Life is not hurrying on to a receding future, nor hankering after an imagined past"
- R. S. Thomas
"Despite illness of body or mind, in spite of blinding despair or habitual belief, who you are is whole"
- Danna Faulds
"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity"
- Simone Weil
"At the end of your life, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took but how many moments took your breath away"
- Shin Xiong
mindfulness therapy and counselling with Lokadhi
experienced therapist and counsellor, supervisior and mindfulness teacher
With busy lives, we can easily lose touch with ourselves and develop unhelpful patterns that undermine our well-being.
Mindfulness, one-to-one therapy, or counselling can help you develop a different relationship with yourself - and intimate partners, friends, family, colleagues and people you encounter daily - and with life more broadly.
I hope this website will help you decide how we might work together:
An audio Introduction to Mindfulness with Lokadhi
"May you live every day of your life" - Jonathan Swift
"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home" - Bashō
"The web of our life is a mingled yarn, good and ill together" - Shakespeare
"The wound is the place where the light enters you" - Rumi
"Happiness is the light on the water. The water is dark and deep "- William Maxwell
"For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so" - Shakespeare
therapy and counselling in London
Painful events in the present, memories of the past, or worries about the future can make it difficult to enjoy life or move forward.
If you're in difficulties - or need to broaden your perspective - I can help you manage something that's going on right now, or come to terms with the past.
Mindfulness is a meditation-based approach that helps us get more out of our lives. The style of learning is experiential: we cultivate skills and move towards understanding their effectiveness directly through practice - rather than reading or hearing about them.
The effectiveness of mindfulness has a strong evidence base, explained by contemporary neurological research, and validated by NICE: the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Based on awareness of the body and breath, mindfulness develops awareness of the activity of the mind. Mindfulness skills help us work with physical or emotional pain, stress, fatigue, chronic illness - and the ups and downs of ordinary everyday life.
mindfulness in London with Lokadhi
I'm inspired by the capacity of mindfulness to change lives - and love sharing this so others may benefit. At the heart of my work lie a long-standing meditation practice, and personal experience of how mindfulness has helped me manage my own chronic ill-health.
As an experienced mindfulness practitioner, and trained in teaching mindfulness to an advanced level, I've offered mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) courses for many years in the voluntary and public sectors.
I care deeply about upholding the quality of course content and delivery, and as a trained and experienced supervisor of other teachers of mindfulness-based approaches, support others in offering mindfulness training to a high standard of professionalism and integrity by offering one-to-one supervision and running group training seminars.
mindfulness training in London
what people who've done a course with Lokadhi say ...
mindfulness therapy online
Though clearly not the same as meeting in person, where appropriate - and when discussed and agreed in advance - I may provide online therapy and counselling, which can offer some significant advantages to those whose choices may be limited
- because they have childcare and other care responsibilities
- by health or mobility concerns
- because they are located outside London or abroad
- by other reasons for remaining in their own home.
This greater accessibility may make it possible to start therapeutic work when meeting in the consulting room in the usual way is simply not feasible, and enabling existing clients to continue their work uninterrupted on exceptional occasions when it is impractical to meet in person.
Encouraged by how positive an experience this can be, I have given considerable thought to how working online can be as supportive as possible in providing a space for contemplation, inner reflection and connection - especially important when many of us find ourselves spending more time in front of screens than we might choose.
I also offer online supervision, mentoring and other self-regulatory support for therapists, and mindfulness teachers/trainers.
From time to time I also provide occasional mindfulness and compassion-based workshops and short courses online, as well as occasional mindful self-compassion groups for therapists and other health professionals - all of which have been well received.
if you have questions or would like to know more about online sessions, workshops and courses ...
I hope you will find the information you are looking for here:
Learn key mindfulness practices to integrate into everyday life.
I offer one-to-one mindfulness training in blocks of 6 weekly sessions - which can, you wish, be based around a specific life theme. Following an initial consultation - normally in person - where we will explore what the most appropriate approach might be for you, I will guide you through a programme designed to help you establish a personal mindfulness practice.
I offer an initial mindfulness consultation - normally in person, either at Barnsbury Therapy Rooms, 144 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 1LA, or City Therapy Rooms, 3 Furnival Street
London, EC4A 1JQ - followed by a series of 6 weekly one-to-one sessions over audio link, Zoom or other remote platform. These sessions are particularly suitable if you are unable to commit to a course, meet in person for any reason, or if you don't live in London.
how do I arrange a session with Lokadhi?
You can send me an email via the contact form at the bottom of this page.
what people say ...
"You have an engaging conversational style of teaching which sits with me very well."
"I've become more aware of being kinder to myself - I look after myself."
"It felt like you're passionate about this approach and are genuinely keen to share it with others."
"Coming to the sessions each week has helped break some of my 'inert' evening patterns of behaviour."
"I'm more centred, self-aware and more able to deal with difficult emotional situations."
"I've valued the group work, and your gentle, skilful teaching. I also enjoyed the practice day very much."
"I feel more alive after doing the course. And I've made good connections with people."
"I've learned new skills for dealing with things that are tough and challenging."
"I've learned to not judge my experience, not be so critical of myself."
"If all working people did this course it would make offices a much nicer place to be!"
"I've recognised how ultimately I have responsibility for my actions and consequently can contain them. I do not have to push them aside."
"I can now recognise the early-warning signs and mechanisms of my anxiety."
"The course was recommended by a friend who also suffers from migraines, as it helped her."
"I've gained a greater understanding of mindfulness in general, and the paradoxes involved in particular."
"I've got some practical tools for practising meditation and a greater sense of how practice interacts with and affects the brain."
"The greatest 'gem' I've taken away from this course is sitting with myself and noticing."
"I found taking on the home practice hard but didn't give up on the bigger picture, allowed for progress."
"I struggled with my stress levels and tiredness due to my domestic situation, but the course was always a real refuge and inspiration."
for mindfulness teachers, therapists/counsellors and health professionals
As an experienced, trained supervisor listed with the UK Mindfulness Network I support other mindfulness teachers through regular one-to-one or group supervision sessions in accordance with the ethical frameworks of the main UK regulatory bodies.
I also offer mentoring to mindfulness teachers engaged in specific projects or working in particular contexts. Read more ...
From time to time I offer inquiry and other mindfulness training workshops for those who've done mindfulness teacher training or are currently training. Read more ...
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