mindfulness therapy in your home, online
In response to COVID19 restrictions I have temporarily moved all my work online: offering therapy and counselling, mindfulness and compassion-based courses and workshops - as well as supervision and other self-regulatory support for therapists and for mindfulness teachers/trainers. These are delivered via Zoom and other suitable 'remote' platforms.
common concerns about online work
The thought of spending yet more time on the internet may not seem attractive!
Whether or not you have been accustomed to 'meeting' online - for work, with friends, family or for other purposes - this is now, for many, part of daily life. And many of us find the amount of time we now spend on the internet of in front of a screen drains our energy, or is challenging in other ways.
I've given considerable thought to how connecting with one another over the internet can be as stress-free and pleasant an experience as possible - exploring how sensory input and distraction can be limited, with substantial parts of these sessions being audio only.
And before we meet - whether this is for therapy/counselling, supervision, an online workshop or course, or group activity - I will let you have guidelines recommending things you can do to provide as supportive conditions as possible.
Meanwhile, I hope that answers to the following more general questions will be helpful:
therapy and counselling in your own home, online
Moving our work together online has enabled existing therapy and counselling clients to continue their work uninterrupted. It also means that others can start therapeutic work at this particularly challenging time, when meeting in the consulting room in the usual way has simply not been possible.
Though it is clearly not the same as meeting in person, I have given considerable thought – at a time when many of us are spending a significant amount of time in front of screens – as to how online sessions can be as supportive as possible in providing a space for contemplation, inner reflection, and fostering depth of therapeutic connection. And, perhaps surprisingly, some people find it easier to connect with their feelings when they meet their therapist on a screen than when they are actually in front of another person in the same room.
fees range from £70-£95, depending on time of day.
concessions available for those whose income is reduced because of COVID19 restrictions, as well as those in receipt of state benefits, from low-income households, and students.
To ask about my current availability and arrange an initial appointment:
common concerns about online therapy and counselling
I hope the answers to the following questions will help address concerns you might have about online therapy:
mindfulness and compassion-based courses and workshops in your own home, online
Encouraged by how positive and beneficial an experience offering online counselling and therapy has been, I am now offering mindfulness and compassion-based workshops and short courses online – and have been pleasantly surprised to find how well these have been received.
I must say, I've harboured significant reservations about how online mindfulness might work - it seems such a contradiction! However, having run several pilot sessions, I have revised my views. And the fact that people keep coming back does seem to suggest they're reaping benefits and maybe evening enjoying them!
In both cases – therapy and workshops/courses – there are some significant advantages, including offering greater accessibility to those who might otherwise not have been able to come in person because of
• childcare and other care responsibilities
• health or mobility concerns
• being located outside London or abroad
as well as to those who simply prefer to remain in their own home.
If you've been feeling sceptical, I hope you will consider joining us!
Sunday morning online mindfulness workshops in your home
For those with an existing mindfulness or self-compassion-based practice who want a top-up. Equally suitable for newcomers.
11.30-am – 1.15 pm limited places - booking essential £15 (concessions £10, £5)
You may be feeling overwhelmed, facing fear, experiencing a sense of helplessness, loss or grief. Or simply finding it hard to have a sense of focus, usefulness or purpose, or having difficulty in not feeling swamped by boredom or listlessness.
These hour-and-three-quarter sessions offer simple ways of meeting such difficulties with self-compassion, patience and creativity. Each workshop stands alone, but each weekly session also incorporates understandings from and builds on the content of previous weeks. Book 3, get one free! When you book a total of 3 workshops at the same price, you will receive an invitation to come to a fourth session free of charge if you book a total of 3 workshops at the same price.
Delivered on Zoom but ... considerable thought has been given to providing a context that supports contemplation and inner reflection. Many of us are spending increased time in front of screens, taking part in frequent on-line meetings and other virtual forms of communication - and have been finding this challenging and tiring. Thought has been given to limiting sensory input and distraction, with substantial parts of these sessions being audio only.
The workshops are suitable for anyone over the age of 18, whether or not you have any previous understanding of mindfulness or compassion-based approaches.
"I very much enjoyed this online workshop and have booked another one for this coming Sunday. I had wondered how it would work doing a workshop online, but I was pleasantly surprised. It left me feeling much more at peace, and I went on to have a more mindful day as a result" - workshop participant
Book 3, get one free! When you book a total of 3 workshops at the same price, you will receive an invitation to come to a fourth session free of charge.
No workshop during August - back on Sunday 13 September!
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3-week on-line introductory/top-up courses
next course: Tuesdays 22, 29 Sept, 06 Oct - 6.30-8.45 pm
These mindfulness and compassion-based courses are suitable for people who simply want to enrich the quality of their lives as well as those who want to manage stress, anxiety, low mood, and other specific behavioural patterns or chronic conditions.
Delivered on Zoom but ... considerable thought has been given to providing a context that supports contemplation and inner reflection. Many of us are spending increased time in front of screens, taking part in frequent on-line meetings and other virtual forms of communication - and finding this challenging and tiring. As with other on-line activities I offer, thought has been given to how limiting face-to-face video screen time (by sometimes using audio only) can support a sense of ease and of self-reflection.
The courses are suitable for anyone over the age of 18, whether or not you have any previous understanding of mindfulness or compassion-based approaches.
To book, select price option below:
3 evenings (over 3 weeks)
This short course is for you if you would like to experience mindfulness and compassion-based training for the first time. It's also suitable for those who have done a longer course and would like a refresher or top-up.
Once you have booked, you will be referred to a secure online registration form which you are asked to submit with 48 hours. Your place is not confirmed until you have received a personal email from Lokadhi accepting you on the course; should you not be offered a place, your fee will be refunded in full.
Fees not transferrable, or refundable once you have been accepted on the course.
For dates of future courses:
weekly on-line mindfulness sessions for therapists, counsellors and health professionals
50-minute sessions each Tuesday (1.00 -1.50 pm) as a self-regulatory support resource for therapists, counsellors, other clinical practitioners and health professionals in response to the COVID19 emergency.
Many of us have taken our client work online. I don’t know about you - whilst I’m greatly appreciating the opportunities to adapt, deepen and expand my therapeutic skills - I am finding online work intense and asks different things of me in relation to how I take care of my own wellbeing.
Delivered on Zoom but ... as with other on-line options I currently provide, considerable thought has been given to limiting sensory input and distraction, and to providing a context that supports contemplation and inner reflection, with substantial parts of these sessions being audio only.
Costing £60 for each series of 3, which start on 19 May, 09 June, 30 June and 14 July