"There's nowhere else in my life that I can connect with men in this way"
One of the Mindful Men's Group members

  Counselling with Mindfulness

with Dan Lupton
Dip.Couns.(BCPC); Cert. Relate; MBACP

Mindfulness works in every moment of life
Mindfulness works in ordinary ways - every day of your life

People usually come to Counselling in emotional difficulty. Mindfulness practices work very well within Counselling, helping us simplify our awareness, connect more directly with our emotions and inner reactions, and respond more skilfully and with clearer communication in our behaviour.

What is Counselling?
In Counselling, we explore and express difficult emotions, within a safe and non-judging space, and try to work out how to live more comfortably. The therapeutic relationship may be the first time we have experienced non-disapproval, respect and encouragement, and this can be transformative. Through Counselling, we can explore how old habits and conditioning from early life are complicating and distorting our lives. Using these insights, we can experiment with feeling, thinking, and behaving differently in our lives, which can help us feel happier and more vividly alive.

Why use Mindfulness?

With Mindfulness, we focus on what is actually happening in the present moment, and pay great attention to the body, which is home to our emotions, our intuition, or "gut feeling", and our deepest wisdom. Our thinking minds try to make sense of our lives, based on past experience, but often distort or misinterpret things. Practicing Mindfulness can give us a different perspective, helping us notice thoughts complicating our experience, building inner resilience, and learning to respond less reactively in our lives. This too, can help us feel happier and more alive.

Practical details:
Dan works with Individuals and Couples in private practice in central Frome.
Fees: £30-60 p/hr for Indivivuals / £45-65 p/hr for Couples
Mobile: 07968 - 729090 (best number to use)
Email: dan.lupton@hotmail.co.uk
Tel/Fax: 01373-474699
Click here for more information about Dan.
For more information about Dan's general Counselling practice, click here.

Mindful Men's Group

A place to talk, listen and be silent

7 Tuesday evenings - Starting 8th January - 9th April 2019, 7.30-9.30 pm
with Dan Lupton

Mindful Men's Group
Sometimes being true to ourselves means talking authentically; sometimes listening carefully; and sometimes silently focusing into our bodies. In a place of trust and safety, we can find insight into where we feel stuck and where we might feel more free.

The group is ongoing, with a maximum of 7 members and 7 sessions per term. New people join as existing members leave, and generally we look for another 2 or 3 men to join us, each term, preferably with some experience of Mindfulness or other meditation styles, and an interest in looking within themselves.

We generally start with approx. 15 minutes Mindfulness practice, sometimes with a question to contemplate towards the end of the practice. Talk from then on is unstructured, with Dan offering enquiry and sometimes some teaching or explanation. 'What I'm feeling here and now' is an encouraged perspective, though we sometimes go 'off piste' with philosophy or spiritual enquiry.

Dan is an experienced Counsellor and Mindfulness Teacher, with 25+ years experience of Men's Groups. He is passionate about men expressing themselves in groups, where safety and trust can help us find feelings and words that may never have found expression.

Dates and Times: 7 Tuesday evenings 7.30-9.30 pm: 8th & 15th January, 5th & 19th February, 12th & 26th March, 9th April 2019.
Cost: £120 / Concessions from £80.
Venue: The Riverside Building, 5 Riverside Terrace, Willow Vale, Frome BA11 1BQ
Facilitator: Dan Lupton
Booking: Please contact Dan for an initial conversation, on M. 07968-729090 or E dan.lupton@hotmail.co.uk

What is Mindfulness
Is Mindfulness for Me
Benefits and Applications
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

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