Dr Jale Cilasun & Dr Lawrence Ladden
We are offering a mindfulness inspired group for those who wish to complement their personal or therapeutic work with mindfulness training. This group mindfulness approach may bring relief from symptoms as well as support ongoing therapy or other treatment. It may also help maintain benefit once therapy has ended. This offering bridges the internal individual focus of mindfulness training with the sociality of relationships.
The group will have two major aspects: the learning of mindfulness for self-care, and the use of the group process to explore relational factors which help or hinder coping. Using principles of Contemplative Group Dynamics, a group mindfulness practice, and Group-analytic practice this group course will explore the role of attention and the body in identifying, maintaining, and exacerbating physical or psychological symptoms. With the group aspect we see how attention moves and changes in resonance with others. Emotional struggles are amplified in social contexts, thus the group provides a real world exchange for understanding this amplification. It then also strengthens one’s mindfulness skills and gives a chance to let go of habitual patterns.
If a candidate is interested an interview will be arranged. This interview will enable us to evaluate whether the group is suitable for the candidate at this time and for the candidate to clarify any questions they may have before making a commitment.
- Willingness to establish a regular mindfulness practice.
- Ability to commit to attend 6 all-day (10am-4.30 pm) sessions held once a month on the last Saturday of the month. There will be an option to rebook every 6 months.
- Willingness to work with others who share similar goals.
- No active substance misuse problem.
- Candidates in psychotherapy are advised to confer with their therapist to assure the timeliness of the group.
Who the group is suitable for:
The group is suitable for people who are managing physical health issues, body image problems, and/or ongoing psychological problems of anxiety, self doubt and criticality and those interested in the interaction between mindfulness of body and interpersonal life. The willingness to establish a regular mindfulness practice and to co-operate with others who hold similar goals are the two primary entry criteria. The course is suitable for those who are new to mindfulness as well as those who have already attended mindfulness courses.
The focus of the group is to train people to relate more thoroughly to their bodily experience and to identify when feelings are generated from a thought from the past or about the future. How does one relate to body sensation and emotions which are composed of various sensations? How does one describe and communicate that experience? How does that differ from relating to feelings generated from thoughts?
Mindfulness training helps one have a less reactive relationship to body sensation, thought, and emotion. The role of the group is to support this less reactive relationship while connecting with others. This opens for exploration the link between the perception of sensation with the communication of sensation and emotion to others. One consequence of bodily distress, anxiety and self criticality is isolation, disconnecting from others. The group will function in a way to reduce isolation.
Mindfulness has an evidence base for the reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression and has been used successfully to help cope with medical conditions including chronic pain (Melbourne Academic Mindfulness Interest Group, 2006). The practice of mindfulness is related to the development of “interoceptive awareness” defined as a person’s ability to discern internal body sensations. This ability is foundational for recognising emotions which are constituted by different physiological (afferent) changes (Critchley & Garfinkel, 2017; Kühle, 2017).
Initial consultation for rightness of this group is included in the fee.
£780 for six whole-day groups (5 hours of groups excluding lunch and breaks) equivalent to £130 per month
Groups take place at:
Bloomsbury Psychotherapy Practice
4th Floor, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD.
Starting in February 2020;
How to contact:
Please email to organise a phone conversation to discuss the group.
Email [email protected]
Phone number 07740390389 or 07973212227
Who we are:
Dr Lawrence Ladden is a Health Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist with specialist training in group dynamics, practicing in the UK since 2013, and for years prior in Philadelphia with expertise in using mindfulness with patients with physical health conditions, such as cancer and chronic pain. A mindfulness instructor for more than 30 years, he developed contemplative group dynamics which is an integration of mindfulness practice and group processes.
Dr Jale Cilasun is a Psychiatrist with specialist training as a Medical Psychotherapist and in Group Analysis who has worked in the NHS for 32 years, last 18 years as Consultant Medical Psychotherapist. She has extensive experience of using the group as therapeutic medium for a wide range of psychological conditions. She has been working with contemplative group dynamics for the last six years.
Melbourne Academic Mindfulness Interest Group (2006). Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapies: A review of conceptual foundations, empirical evidence and practical considerations. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Vol 40, Issue 4, pp. 285 – 294,
Kühle, L .(2017): The missing pieces in the scientific study of bodily awareness, Philosophical Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/09515089.2017.1311999
Critchley, H. D. and Garfinkel, S.N. (2017). Interoception and emotion. Current Opinion in Psychology, 17. pp. 7-14. ISSN 2352-250X http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/68667/