As therapists and counselors, we work with clients who entrust us with their life stories so we can help them. It is important for us to acknowledge and manage the toll this rewarding work can take on our own physical, mental and psychological well-being. Indeed, it is our duty - to ourselves and to our clients - to do this so that we can provide a more effective and compassionate service. There is a considerable body of recent research, including studies of brain neuroplasticity, which find that Mindfulness Practice decreases stress and anxiety, increases attention, promotes resilience, strengthens emotional control, improves interpersonal relationships, builds compassion skills - to name a few! These are all benefits particularly relevant to the helping professions. In this experiential workshop, mindfulness teacher/practitioner/ therapist Quito Hertz will lead group exercises demonstrating how regular mindfulness practice can enable us to develop better ways of looking after our own wellbeing. Even mental health professionals can have habits that can keep us stuck in a cycle of exhaustion, depression, and anxiety.
Integrating sustainable mindfulness practices into our work lives can enable us to break away from these habits and, ultimately, be more effective in helping our clients build better lives.
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CECILE "QUITO" COLAYCO-HERTZ
Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Qualifications, Training and Experience:
- Registered accredited member, BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- Registered independent counsellor, UK Register of Counsellors (UKRC).
- Professional Training (UK):
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Birmingham 2004
- Diploma, Psychodynamic Counselling - Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF), London
- MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) Facilitation Certi?cation Level 1 - a 2 1/2-week professional training retreat, a project conducted by the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, Canada, in Manila, April, 2018
- Mindfulness Teacher Training in MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction) & MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) - Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University, 2014; Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice, Bangor University, Wales, 2008
- Tikkun-Training for Therapists - in the art of relational couples' coaching, Hedy and Yumi Schleifer, London
Areas of specialization/competency:
Working with individuals and couples covering stress and anxiety, cultural adjustment, depression, loss and trauma; family, marriage and work relationships and personal development - Mindfulness Training and mindfulness-based therapy
(Quito believes that each person and every relationship is unique. Her training in different therapeutic approaches - a strong psychodynamic core underpinning cognitive /behavioral methods and mindfulness-based practices - enables her to take a whole-of life approach based on individual need of each client. She works together with clients in exploring and understanding the nature of their dif?culties and helps them discover their own inner resources that can empower them to work on living life in a more integrated, happier, and purposeful way.