Mindfulness workshops forming now for this winter.
The 8-week workshop is for good people, living good lives, who have got into a jam, just can’t get rid of certain thoughts, however hard they try. All you lack is the proper tools. These mindfulness tools are for you.
You probably have lots of negative thinking. These toxic thoughts may have led to a lot of self-doubt, to a series of depressions, to an ongoing sense of depression, to generalized anxiety, or just a general sense of being adrift and out of control. The workshop teaches mindfulness skills combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.
Participants learn how to
- Use the body to ground experience in the present
- Focus on the breath to think more clearly
- Notice more experience in the present so as to have less time lost in past regrets or future worries
- Use a 3-minute intervention when moods begin to take over
- Use a series of interventions when moods seem to be taking hold
Two new groups are forming for this winter.
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, Park Avenue & 22nd Street, by referral or application. Intake $150, workshop $600, all insurance reimbursable (based on the insurance you carry) so the net cost can be much less. Financial aid available.
Thursday mornings, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, 40 Exchange Place, open workshop, with a group orientation, $450 total cost. Pre-registration required.
These costs include the 8 weekly sessions of 2 hours each, the day of mindfulness, the workbook and 4 hours of guided meditations.
In each class there is a guided meditation and extensive discussion with guidance from the teacher; much of the learning occurs during this discussion…. there are no bad questions. Then there is a presentation of new skills, discussion, and explanation of how to do the home practices for the coming week. Each week there is an intention that participants do about 30-45 minutes of daily mindfulness activity.
To start registration, or to ask questions, please use the CONTACT form or call 917-202-5148.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This 8-week workshop, also called Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), is for people whose negative thinking spins them down into sadness, depression, anxiety, or stress. People who want to live life without being controlled by negative emotions, who want to live freely and fully.
HOW DOES IT HELP?
The workshop includes instruction in mindfulness meditation practice, body awareness, group dialog and inquiry, and provides a 200=page daily practice support workbook, and CD with 4 hours of guided meditations.
The workshop helps people reduce the power of negative thinking, helps people keep their moods more stable, helps people live more fulfilling lives. It does this by helping people learn to focus their attention onto present experience, without judgement. When noticing the present, they are not ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future… and that in itself is of value.
Mark Williams on stress and anxiety and how mindfulness can help.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE 8 SESSIONS?
Each week we meet for 2 hours, or a little longer. We typically start with a live, guided meditation, and discuss it immediately after it ends. Much learning occurs here, as there is no chance for the experience to get fuzzy from the passage of time, and plenty of time to explore the difficulties that come up. Next, we talk about the daily home practice from the previous week. Much is to learned by discussing any obstacles that have come up. Then new material is presented and discussed, and finally home practice for the coming week is reviewed.
Free Day of Mindfulness
Participants can attend a free Day of Mindfulness, held on a Saturday after the 5th session. Many report that this day helps solidify the mindfulness practices they have been learning. They also report experiencing routine existence in a new and vital way.
IS THIS A NEW AGE WORKSHOP?
It is both new age, and scientifically validated. The workshop is based on the MBSR program created by Jon Kabat Zinn about 30 years ago. Ten years ago three world-renowned psychologists modified that, adding principles of cognitive-behavioral treatment to create Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This workshop has been researched with control groups, and replicated, all successfully. It has been found to be as effective as anti-depressants in certain circumstances.
It is the basis for a lot of the most exciting and innovative treatments now being developed in psychotherapy. Donald Fleck has taught this workshop 22 times over 7 years. It is clear that it can bring greater energy, improved self-compassion, and relief from the turbulence of stress, emotions and negative thoughts
WHAT TRAINING DO YOU HAVE?
Donald Fleck LCSW, DCSW took the 5-day 24/7 training at Omega Institute, taught by co-creator Zindel Segal and co-teacher Susan Woods. He then took another 5-day 24/7 Teacher Training Intensive with Susan Woods and Char Wilkins. He also learned experientially, taking the MBSR workshop with Elaine Retholtz.
He maintains a personal mindfulness meditation practice, and has many activities he does mindfully. Donald is licensed as a psychotherapist by New York State, at the Master’s level. In addition, he holds a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW).
Want to know more about the teacher? Go here: Donald’s training and experience.
How much does it cost?
The Monday group starts with a required group orientation Monday, September 29, then meets 8 times, plus there is a day of mindfulness practice.
8 Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm – $375, payable at registration. The cost includes the orientation, the 8 sessions, the day of mindfulness, and all materials.
I’M INTERESTED, WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?
Questions? Want to Register?
Call Donald Fleck 917- 202-5148
Or use the Contact form.
We will speak briefly by phone, to get an idea of how the workshop might help you. You will also have a chance to ask questions.
Has the workshop been successful?
Here are brief reviews by grads:
“Your class was probably a turning point in my life.” – David 2012
“Your class was one of the most valuable experiences of my life.”
“I could not have had a more helpful experience.”
“I feel that it has changed my life. “
“It has enriched me.”
“Gave me practical, manageable actions to take that have already made a difference.”
“I feel like a different person… I’m less frustrated and angry.”
“This class has had a huge impact on my attitude on a day-to-day basis.It gave me the tools to much better deal with my negative thinking… it has improved my quality of life.”
“I see real benefits…it’s been great”
“I found the program provided me with helpful tools to cope with depression and anxiety.”
“Developing an ability to face my stresses head-on, experience them, and move on from them, has been the most helpful tool I’ve received…”
“I see the combination of mindfulness and cognitive therapy as something that is much greater synergistically than either by itself.”
“Has been very helpful.”
“Liked seeing how people changed over course of the group.”
“I have been able to look at things differently for the first time since I got depression.”
“Have found it very valuable.”
“Thank you so much for your kind, compassionate and honest facilitating.”
Questions? Ready to Register?
Call Donald Fleck 917- 202-5148
Or use the Contact form.
Want to see interviews with the creators of mbct?
Want to read key articles on mindfulness?
Want to have a look at the research on MBCT?
If you would like to know about the research base for MBCT, go here: MBCT.com
Please don’t hesitate to contact Donald Fleck, to register, to say a little about yourself,
or to ask a question.
OR USE THE CONTACT TAB
OR PHONE (917) 202-5148