I currently refer certain clients to the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program offered by Kathryn Choules (PhD) in Manning. In order to make a decision whether the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program would be a relevant program for my clients I personally attended the 8-week program. I found Kathryn professional, experienced, organised and dedicated. She displays a living, profoundly inspiring example of Mindfulness Practice. I appreciated the commitment she requests of participants and the expectations of each group member in her pre-program interview.
Kathryn was skilled in diffusing “content and emotion” to always bring each group member back to the mindfulness experience. Following my positive experience with the MBSR program I have been referring suitable clients to the course so that they can learn to practice a very important and valued technique to assist with stress, trauma and life balance. These have included those facing anxiety, depression, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, addiction and internal/work or relationship conflict. (Nicole Loseby, BSc, BPsych, MAPS, Registered Psychologist, South Perth Counselling Services)
The MBSR has helped me learn to accept what life throws at you. Rather than let stress build up, I am able to take time out for myself. Kathryn was available and supportive throughout the course with e-mails and telephone calls when needed. I have greater calmness through understanding and accepting thoughts and feelings, without getting caught up in them. The course was worth it! I’d recommend it because it is tough and rewarding. Men need to do this more often. (Daniel, manufacturing)
Through many weeks of practice and learning to be more present in the moment, I’ve been able to let go of a lot of anxiety, let the positive and negative just be and I’ve been able to appreciate the amazing journey that his life. (Kristie, Counsellor)
Mind and Movement WA has changed my life in a much needed positive direction. Learning about mindfulness techniques and utilising them have provided me with new coping tools for stressful changes in my life. When all other methods have had limited success (to assist me with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome), I can attest to the fact that mindfulness has personally had positive results, given me the confidence to enjoy life and the courage to tackle new challenges and stresses.
The facilitator Kathryn creates such a warm, welcoming and safe environment whereby the importance of ‘no judgement’ is always encouraged and promoted. Witnessing and joining other attendees as they progressed from scepticism to loving kindness was rewarding in itself. (Michelle, public servant)
I have found Kathryn to be a skilled, professional and warm-hearted facilitator. The MBSR course has given me the tools to respond rather than simply react to emotional triggers. I have continued to practice the mindfulness meditations after the course and the changes in my life have been noticeable almost immediately, especially in the area of dealing with emotional situations. I am on my way to making mindfulness a way of life. I wholeheartedly recommend this course [MBSR] to anyone interested in mindfulness. (K, PhD student)
I have thoroughly enjoyed the eight week MBSR course. It has gone far too quickly and I will miss the companionship of Kathryn and the other participants. The course has taught me how to relax and take the time to listen to my body and my mind and disappear into the moment. Kathryn has a wonderful soothing voice and her knowledge and expertise is exceptional. I leave the course feeling calmer and now have a clear idea of how I can continue to practice mindfulness in my everyday life. (Nicola)
I have attended several of Mind and Movement’s 8 week community classes (now called Mindfulness-From the Inside Out) in the past 5 years or so. I have found the combination of mindfulness/meditation and yoga provided over each 2 hour class highly beneficial and a helpful antidote to life’s stresses. Each class is usually divided into 2 sessions of mindfulness, between which there is one session of yoga. Kathryn guides the class through the mindfulness sessions in a calm and supportive manner, making clear that there is no “right” or “wrong” way for those taking part and that each person’s best efforts are all that is required.
In addition to the practical instruction, Kathryn will often give some commentary on the theoretical basis of mindfulness or some findings from recently published research on the subject. After the first session of mindfulness, Kathryn hands over to Tas, a qualified yoga instructor, who leads the class through the more physical part of the evening in a supportive and “at your own pace” way. The final session of mindfulness and relaxation is a welcome reward after the yoga. The Mindfulness-From the Inside Out classes are highly recommended for anyone interested in acquiring an introduction to mindfulness and yoga, and she provides more intensive courses for those who want to take things further. (Chris, Lawyer)
I can’t recommend the MBSR course enough. I’ve done some meditation on my own before but never had the opportunity to hear about what other people experience or the self-discipline to sit regularly for an extended period of time to establish a practice. Both of these things have helped me grow throughout the course. I feel more calm, peaceful and centred in myself, able to meet the challenges and joys of life with an open and aware presence. I will take this grounding where ever I go. (Laura, PhD student)
The MBSR course is like an antidote to the fast paced multitasking reality many of us seem to live. I have come away with a stronger sense of who I am and the way I want to be in the world. I believe that this has already positively impacted on not only myself but my relationship with family, friends. (Lara, psychologist)
I feel incredibly grateful to have met you [Kathryn Choules]. It has taken me four years to decide to do this course always finding an excuse because I thought it would be too hard. In fact it has been easier to do the practice than I expected because I was getting so much out of it and the weekly classes were so enjoyable but challenging at the same time. (Jane, CEO)
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