What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based approach that incoporates Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  & Mindfulness Based Cognative Therapy (MBCT). It helps people to manage their thoughts and feelings and mental health. It is becoming widely used in a range of contexts. It is also recommended by NICE ( National Institute of Health & Care Excellence) as a preventative practice for people with experience of recurrent depression.

Mindfulness exercises are ways of us being able to pay attention to the present moment. It combines techniques such as meditation with psychological exercises, sound, breath work and yoga.  These techniques can help us to ‘switch off’ from the constant ‘head chatter’ which many people experience.

There is published scientific evidence that practising mindfulness regularly offers powerful health & wellbeing benefits including:

  • Boosting attention and concentration
  • Improving relationships
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Stress reduction
  • Pain management (chronic & acute)
  • Finding clarity & focus
  • Improved confidence & self-esteem
  • Increase in better mental, emotional and physical well-being  

Mindfulness in the words of the world-renowed Jon Kabat-Zinn founder of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” 

Meet Sam O'Sullivan - founder of mindfully alive

I am a fully insured, qualified, Clinical Hypnotherapist (MBCH) an integrated and accredited hypno-psychotherapy qualification as well as a Mindfulness Now teacher and holistic therapist.  My training is approved by The British Psychological Society and was developed by Nick Cooke Dip. Psy. MNRPC FAPHP, an experienced therapist and the founder of Central England Colege and the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation to which I am  accredited to. 

My background is within finance and project management in private and public sectors and since the start of my own journey some 10 years ago, after a stress related illness at work left me poorly, anxious and tired, I have been introduced to and have trained in a range of wonderful self healing and hypno-psychotherapy techniques, which I can honestly say really have helped me enjoy a more stress free, fulfilling life.  Mindfulness for me started around 8 years ago when I was looking for something to help me with the physical and mental burden, stress, had left me in, that's when I was introduced to Tai Chi. It took me a while to get the hang of meditating and to be able to do slow and flowing movements whilst in tune with the breath, but I got there!  Having notice a real difference this made to me, physically and mentally, I decided to start yoga and took an 8 week mindfulness course.  Amazing!  Over the last 10 years I have had Hypnotherapy for my self for various ailments and learning the art of self hypnosis was a revelation to me. Knowing how much these different approaches helped me I wanted to be able to help others like me so I have gone on to train in Mindfulness Based Clinical Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness teacher, Sound therapy, Reiki Master and other holistic therapies. Hypnotherapy & Mindfulness is now at the heart of my daily life along with yoga and I love nothing more than to spend time out on walks with my family and dogs.  

Throughout my previous career I have been priviledged to have worked in many different organisations, such as the NHS, Banking, Local Government, Schools, Sport Governing bodies, to name a few. No matter whether you are an adult in a high powered job or a child starting school, life can bring on its challenges, and situations that we sometimes need that extra help with.  

I deliver hypnotherapy and mindfulness on a 1-1 for children, young people & adults of all ages and backgrounds, and mindfulness for groups, education sector and organisations. All that I offer is focusing on mental and physical wellbeing such as trauma, phobia's, anxiety, stress, depression & pain (chronic & acute).  I have a deep ineterest in SEN and our young people of today by helping them and working alongside other holistic specialists, so we may give them the tools they need to be confident in todays society.