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What is Mindfulness?


The concept of mindfulness is very simple, it means paying attention to the present moment. The benefits of this practice are immense. In times of stress the body’s normal ‘fright, flight and fight’ response is activated causing the brain to release stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. While at times these are beneficial, continuous activation of the system leads to stress and burnout.


In today’s technological world it is easy to lose touch with ourselves and get caught up in our own ruminating thoughts, often feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Yet these thoughts continue to drive our emotions and behaviours and so the cycle continues.


Mindfulness is also about reawakening. Once we allow ourselves to see the present moment with clarity, it brings about a positive change in our lives. By noticing our thoughts and feelings, it can help us improve our well-being and other areas such as relationships, confidence and self-esteem.
Mindfulness incorporates the practice of gratitude, which also helps us to reframe our thoughts, inducing the happy hormones serotonin and dopamine, resulting in a significant shift towards our natural state of peace and contentment.


Mindfulness is backed with abundant scientific research, in fact MRI scans of patients who regularly practise mindfulness show significant structural changes in the brain. It is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NHS.

 

 

 

The MindfulDoc Programme


As a G.P with over 15 years experience, I understand the problems and challenges clients face. I am able to take a holistic approach, understand your medical history. I am also able to work with my medical colleagues in your care. As founder of MindfulDoc I offer a unique structural Mindfulness programme. This is a fusion of two very well-known clinical research programmes: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).


Every body can practice mindfulness; it does not require a special posture, clothing, place, or to revisit painful memories and force you to vocalise your innermost thoughts. A completely natural and effective method, my programme will give you the tools for life.  
Each session is 50 minutes. During which time I cover a formal mindfulness practice, cover the principles of mindfulness and do some self-reflection together. For those on my 6-week programme we do further mindfulness sessions on specific issues you may have eg anxiety, weight gain, relationship problems, stress, pain issues, negative thoughts. I will also provide a personalised audio recording for you to listen to, in between sessions to support your journey as well as reading material.

 

 

 

Consultations

 

Single Face to Face Consultation - £105

 

6-Week Package - £600

Consultant

Dr Afrosa Ahmed MBBS, MRCGP, DCH

General Practitioner and Mindfulness Therapist

 

I graduated as a medical doctor from Guy’s, Kings’ and St Thomas’s Medical School in London, subsequently qualifying as a General Practitioner in 2005. I am a graduate of the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation and a Mindfulness Now Practitioner, approved by the British Psychological Society. I am also an accredited teacher on the Mindfulness Teachers Register - exclusive to those who have a recognised, externally accredited training and qualification in mindfulness teaching.


In addition, I have a special interest in children’s health, obtaining a Diploma in Child Health, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2005. My work with young people also extends to schools, being an Independent School Governor and an official interviewer for MBBS Medicine for several Russell Group Universities.


Website: www.mindfuldoc.org
Email afrosa@mindfuldoc.org
Tel 01923 932 591