Mindfulness means being aware of what is going on while it’s happening, moment by moment.
Through mindfulness, we become more aware of thoughts, emotions and sensations in the body. By
becoming present in this way, we can develop awareness of the way emotional and cognitive
patterns condition us, and recognise our own authenticity and deeper embodied wisdom.
The aim of mindfulness-based psychotherapy is not to change ourselves but to change how we relate to our experience. By recognising our own emotional reactions in the present moment, we discover that we have choice in how we relate to difficulties we face in life and become able to address them.
I contacted Pinar when I was in an unhappy
relationship and generally out of sorts. Pinar helped me move on. Along the way I have
also learned about my own emotions which has made me much happier and surprisingly more
effective as a lawyer.
I actually cannot recognise the person I was before...
Having struggled with an array of challenges,
including addiction, anxiety, depression and bulimia, I had all but given up hope of
things ever changing. However, through working with Pinar, this has changed drastically.
She has created an environment in which I felt safe and able to be honest without any fear of judgement. No longer do I feel held hostage by the issues I first came to her for help with, her support and expertise has meant that I can now show up for life.
I’ve been with Pinar for 6 years now and continue to look forward to our sessions. Pinar
is a warm and empathetic therapist who provides a balance between safely exploring and
challenging early patterns of behaviour/ thinking.
By understanding and learning to be with the root causes of my difficulties in a mindful and compassionate way, I have seen great changes in both personal and relational aspects of my life.