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Restoring Self-Belief
Individual Mindfulness Training

‘When we suffer, we give ourselves compassion,

    not to feel better, but because we feel bad.'           

Chris Germer

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A recent participant in the training shared:

This is a wonderful course

that helped me to know myself better

and gave me a smorgasbord of useful tools

to manage difficult feelings, like anxiety and stress.

I feel much better about myself and past events.

I’m happier, calmer, and quietly confident

that I can face any tough times that might lie ahead.

The Restoring Self-Belief training comprises 6 x 60-minute sessions, designed to teach you new ways of relating to yourself, especially when feelings such as unworthiness show up. 

You can also book individual session that will be tailored to you immediate needs.

In this training you will learn skills that you can continue to use as you go deeper in your healing.

The outline below is a guide and will be adapted to match your individual needs.

Week 1- Getting oriented

  • Explore your experience of self-doubt, the way it affects your life & the stories that underlie it. 

  • Learn what is going on in your nervous system that gets in the way of shifting negative beliefs.

  • Begin to learn some self-compassion practices as the first step to disempowering these beliefs.

Week 2 - Building resources to deepen safety and resilience

  • Explore embodied and externalised practices to help establish and maintain stability when exposed to vulnerable inner experiences and sensations.

  • Develop awareness of ways to enhance resilience by building inner resources and internalising positive experiences.

Week 3 - Exploring somatic awareness

  • Learn about the window of tolerance and its relation to the activity of the nervous system. 

  • Begin to recognise when your nervous system is moving outside the window of tolerance, and understand ways to anchor awareness to avoid overwhelm. 

  • Learn how manage difficult emotions by locating them in the body and practising the proces: 'soften - soothe - allow'.

Week 4 - Meeting the inner critic with compassion

  • Explore the role your inner critic has played in attempting to keep you safe.

  • Discover how your self-compassionate voice can be a kinder source of motivation.

  • Learn to savour and assimilate a more positive relationship with yourself.

Week 5 - Working with shame

  • Understand the components of shame and how it is created and sustained.

  • Recognise how unworthiness is one of the core beliefs that underlies shame.

  • Practice antidoting the impacts of shame with self-compassion.

Week 6 - Bring it all together

  • Review all that you have learned over the past five sessions.

  • Identify how the approaches learned can support you and which practices have been most valuable for you.

  • Develop a plan to work with these practices in the future. 

Fees:

Series of six sessions                    $540.00 

Six sessions paid in two lots        $300.00 x 2

Single session                               $110.00 

Concession available for students and pensioners. Also for those who have taken Nurturing Self-Compassion course. 

Contact me re concession prices. 

How I came to this work

During over 40 years of meditation practice, I would often find myself paying attention to the sensations in my body where I could feel energy was stuck. And I learned that if I stayed present, accepting that energy as it was, that it would gradually soften and shift. There would be a sense of release, and a corresponding positive shift in my state of mind.

In 2018 I was introduced to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and that same year I took part in a MSC teacher training. Applying what I have learned from MSC I now bring an attitude of caring when I am sitting with inner discomfort, and this helps  the tension shifts with greater ease.

In recent times there have been important advances in psychological research and techniques, applying the knowledge and experience of mindfulness and of somatic or bodily awareness. 

I have been fortunate to study with many of these great-hearted teachers, including:

  • Chris Germer (Mindful Self-Compassion)

  • David Treleaven (Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness)

  • Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing)

  • Pat Ogden (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy)

  • Rick Hanson (Positive Neuroplasticity)

  • Rajan Sankaran (Wise Processes)

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