“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”
– Robin S. Sharma
Most people think they must be crazy to see a psychologist BUT the truth is if something is affecting you emotionally and affecting your ability to enjoy life – you would be crazy not to see a psychologist.
Psychologists are like doctors, but unlike doctors, psychologists treat the issues we face emotionally and mentally. They use their knowledge and experience to look at what we do, how we act, what we think and feel and identify where these actions are problematic. They then use their skill to help us understand and overcome the challenges and to improve our performance and the quality of life we lead.
Where modern Psychology, until recently, has focused on the clinical mental health issues of the human condition, the Buddha’s teaching as a Psychology of the mind has focused primarily on the possibility of mental wellness. The Buddha’s teachings in the form of a Psychology and Psychotherapy offer a diagnosis to our stress and suffering, together with the prognosis of enhanced wellness and the possibility of psycho-spiritual enlightenment.
The last decade has found an increasing interest from the public in general, and the field of psychology in particular, in the profound insights into the psychology of the human mind and the practice of mindfulness based meditations that are the essence of the Buddha’s teachings. Both in the area of mental health in Clinical Psychology and human performance in Organizational Psychology, the applications of the Buddha’s mindfulness and wisdom based practices and perspectives are resulting in enhanced outcomes for both clinical illnesses and professional issues.
Mindfulness is wisdom both in its development and application, which can reduce fear, anger, anxiety and distress, and transforming suffering into clarity and insight.
‘Mindfulness’, a state of conscious awareness, is our mind’s natural ability to be present, with an attentional stance that is objective, receptive, whilst allowing one to not get caught into ‘identifying with’ or ‘taking personally’ what it is that we are aware of.
Meditation the process of engaging and enhancing qualities of our mind/heart, as it develops insight into ‘the various elements of our conscious experience’. Meditation is also the avenue by which we may experience beyond our ‘persona,’ or self-created ‘personality.’
There are three main levels at which the practice of meditation enables transformation within the individual, enabled by increasing calm and insight. These are:
The Physical – enabled by increasing a calm-ease, while decreasing stress and tension
The Psycho-Emotional – enabled by increasing calm-balance and a mindful self-awareness
Consciousness – enabled by deep calm-clarity and deep insightful-understanding.
Much of the health, happiness, joy and meaning of our life, together with actualizing the potentials of the various domains of our life is affected adversely by stress. Most issues and illnesses are either directly caused by stress or exacerbated by stress; from muscular tension, skin rashes, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disorders, anger, anxiety, depression and despair, as well as a compromised immune system with the various physical illness that result.
A very powerful and direct approach to both guarding against stress – proactively, or reducing stress – reactively, is through Psychological Counselling / Coaching together with Mindfulness based Meditation training.
If you are wise you will seek mindfulness strategies and wisdom perspectives before stress becomes a problem affecting our life and the life of those we work with, live and love with.
An increasing percentage of our population are diagnosed with Depression and an even larger number go undiagnosed and without help or healing.
Whatever the underlying cause of depression, there is much that can be done to bring clarity and relief to this de-energizing experience. Apart from medication, there is great potential for a Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy approach to depression. This can be further aided by the practice of Mindfulness based Meditation which both enhances the brain’s natural ability to produce Serotonin, while also creating awareness to otherwise negative or distressing thoughts and mind states.
Whilst we can all feel anxious at times, the ongoing experience of anxiety can often warrant the diagnosis of Clinical Anxiety, or Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
In his capacity as a Psychologist, John Barter offers both hope and healing for people experiencing anxiety, by way of Mindfulness based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy together with Psychological Counselling and Meditation practice.
John helps clients work both with the experience or phenomena of the anxiety and importantly any underlying issues that may be causing it.
It is important not to wait for anxiety to become an ongoing mental habit and behavioural response. Seek John Barter’s support for early intervention and healing.
grief and loss
Life involves ongoing experiences of loss that bring about degrees of grief and despair. Sadly our regular contemporary life does not provide education or wisdom perspectives to accommodate these experiences.
Psychological Counselling can provide the necessary calm, clarity, wisdom and inner strength to move through such challenging times of grief and loss.
HEALTH CONCERN COUNSELLING
Issues pertaining to our health affect the whole of the person, mentally, physically, emotionally. Health issues can also impact on all areas of our life; personal, family life, professional and social life.
With the understandings and appreciations of a MIND-BODY approach to health and healing, there is much that can be done to engage the mind and body’s inner potential for balance, harmony, and healing. This is especially enabled through developing healthy perspectives in ‘re-perspecting’ the situation; encouraging more helpful states of mind; engaging healthful emotions and the subsequent ‘bio-chemicals’ of them, and thus allowing the mind-body a greater chance to heal and find health.
‘Health Care Counselling’ can be a most helpful adjunct to main stream medical intervention. It can also be helpful in providing support, understanding, and guidance for partners, family members, and carers of those experiencing illness.
‘Health Care Counselling’ may include such areas as: Developing a conscious commitment to health and healing, developing helpful and healthful attitudes, conserving and preserving energy to engage healing, understanding and working with our emotions, communication issues, living and learning through illness, living with chronic illness, healing through terminal illness, facing our fears of dying and death, and being caring and careful in supporting someone through health issues.