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MINDFUL LIVING Coaching Programme

Inspired by the popular workshops I’ve been running for a number of years, I also run a 1-to-1 coaching programme you can access via Skype sessions.  You can choose if we use Skype with video, or just audio so it’s like a phone call. I offer evening and weekend slots, so you can fit it around other commitments.

The sessions are suitable for mindfulness beginners, aswell as those with some experience – and you don’t need to be interested in sitting meditation, that’s optional.

The programme is based on ideas, practices and tools I’ve shared with hundreds of people (both in groups and individually), to support them in learning to live more mindfully. To get a sense of the benefits, you can visit the Mindful Living page, and see the client quotes throughout the website.

You can choose from two series of sessions, outlined below – these are ‘Steps To Freedom’ and ‘Mindfulness Foundations’, scroll down to read the full  descriptions.

During each session, I start by sharing some info and ideas on the topic. I will then support you in reflecting on how the material applies to your own life. It’s a space where you can come up with your own ideas to experiment with at home, or receive suggestions from me if helpful. At the end of each session, we’ll create your personalised next steps to take away.

Cost and duration – £35 for each 45-minute session (or £22 per session concessionary rate if you are on a low income).   I will send payment info when you contact me to enquire or book.

IMPORTANT INFO: These sessions are helpful for stress, but are not intended to support those currently experiencing a debilitating mental health condition, or severe emotional distress.  They are also for adults only (18yrs+). You can read a bit more about suitability at the About page. If you are unsure if my sessions are suitable for you, I’m happy to have a short phone chat – to arrange one, please get in touch via the contact page.

Booking Info – to book a session or ask any questions, please email me via the contact page.  Before contacting me, please ensure you have read the Important Info above to check suitability.  If you are outside the UK, please let me know as we may need to work out time differences etc.

I usually work on a session-to-session basis, even though they are organised into suggested series – so you can have the flexibility of booking one at a time, working through them at your own pace, and with no obligation to book for additional sessions.  Most of the sessions can also be done as a stand-alone, or in a different order if you prefer – please do email me if you want to ask more about this.

‘STEPS TO FREEDOM’ SERIES

How we cope with difficulty is often characterised by the habitual patterns we have developed, which can be mental, emotional or behavioural – for example, self-criticism, seeking control, attempting to ignore what’s happening, or some other way of reacting when life is challenging.  These strategies can eventually start to feel ineffective and exhausting.  This can be a clue that you are ready to let go of these limiting patterns and create positive change.

We begin with a Starter Session to help you get the most out of the programme, and to clarify what living more mindfully would look like for you personally.  It also includes a 4-week plan of mindful living practices that can be weaved into your day.

We then move through a 6-step process to help you identify your own habits, build emotional confidence and discover new possibilities.  No prior experience of mindfulness or self-kindness is required.  I can also provide a meditation plan (at no cost) to accompany the programme, but this is optional.

1. ‘Support Your Self’ – Building self-kindness as a positive resource, for greater resilience.  Includes a journalling exercise to get you started.

2. ‘Choosing The Positive’ – How to use the Approach Mode to move forward when you encounter challenging situations.

3. ‘Compassionate Awareness’ – Introducing the ‘Just Noticing’ mindfulness tool, which builds a clearer picture of your limiting patterns.

4. ‘Preparing For Change’ – Laying a foundation for letting go of habits that you would like to change, by understanding what is really keeping you stuck.

5. The Power Of Willingness’ – Moving towards new possibilities.

6. ‘Exploring With Kindness & Courage’ – Building the emotional confidence for long-term growth.

‘MINDFULNESS FOUNDATIONS’ SERIES

These sessions cover what I consider to be the most important elements of mindfulness – ones that I frequently re-visit in my own practice as it continues to deepen.  The series is suitable for beginners looking to establish a practice, or those who already meditate.  After each session I will give you a suggested home practice plan which includes ‘informal’ practice (being mindful in your day) and guided meditation.

We begin with a Starter Session to help you get the most out of the programme, and to clarify what living more mindfully would look like for you personally.  It also includes a 4-week plan of mindful living practices that can be weaved into your day.

Then we explore the following themes, which cover the core practices of mindfulness, self-kindness and body awareness.

1. ‘Making Meditation Easier’ – What is meditation, and what it’s not!  How to make ‘meditation’ more approachable.

2. ‘Relating To Thoughts’ – Creating a more mindful relationship with thoughts, both in meditation and in life.

3. ‘What Is Self-Kindness?’ – Explore what self-kindness actually means, and how you might begin to develop your own self-kindness meditation practice.

4. ‘Finding Freedom’ – Learning a new way to relate to difficulty.

5. ‘Calming Our Experience’ – An intro to how body awareness can interrupt reactivity and give us more choice beyond the habitual thoughts and emotions associated with stress.

6. ‘Re-Connecting With The Body’ – Exploring the possibility of deeper body awareness, as a foundation for greater peacefulness and freedom.

To book or enquire, please email me via the contact page.  Before contacting me, please ensure you have read the Important Info above to check suitability.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT WORKING WITH ME

“The most powerful thing from sessions with Sheila has got to be my positive mindset changes”

“I have discovered techniques that have really worked for me… to find a greater sense of calm and inner belief and self confidence”

“Sheila has helped me change the way I think… I am much calmer now”

“These materials are really helpful and encouraging. They are really going to help me with my practice over the next months”

“I am more aware of my feelings and thoughts and am responding to issues in my life differently.”

 

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