Introduction to mindfulness

Mindfulness is simply the practice of focusing our awareness on the present moment – and it comes with a whole host of benefits to our wellbeing.

 

We’ve developed this group to provide an overview of some of the key mindfulness themes and practices so that you can start incorporating them – and reaping the benefits – in your everyday life.

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Key themes covered in the course

Each of the sessions will explore a core theme:

 

Understanding the mind’s natural tendency to be scattered and to wander and how we can train it to create choices around where we put our attention.

  • Exploring different ways of being and knowing, and recognising how much of our experience is shaped by thought.
  • Exploring other, more experiential observing modes and how we can use them to help us flourish over time.
  • Recognising the difference between reacting and responding, and developing ways we can create space in order to make choices between them.
Group Therapy

Mindfulness group therapy - what to expect

All of the sessions are group-based, and involve a combination of teaching, mindfulness practices, and discussion. Each session builds on the learning and experience from the previous session.


The course takes place over 3 weekly sessions, lasting 1 hour each.

  • Each session will involve guided meditation practices.
  • Each practice – or exercise – will be followed by a review of what you and/or the other group members experienced or discovering during the practice.
  • Each session is followed by suggestions for personal practice.
  • This includes both recommended guided practices and also new ways to cultivate mindfulness in everyday life.
  • You’ll be provided with guided practices and written material to support each session.

Frequently asked questions

This course is designed for anyone interested in exploring some key mindfulness themes and practices. It is suitable for you if:

  • You are new to mindfulness
  • You have tried mindfulness before – perhaps listened to an app or read a book – and you’d like to take the next step
There are 3 sessions of one hour each as opposed to 8 sessions of one and a half hours. Despite being briefer than the 8-session format, Introduction to Mindfulness explores some key mindfulness themes and practices to help you in everyday life and work.
It costs £200 for the full 3-week course.

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Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced consultant psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector.


Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.


Dr Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.


She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.