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Suffolk therapist to join All Party Parliamentary Group on mindfulness
02/07/2014

A Suffolk-based therapist has been invited to attend the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness.

The parliamentary roundtable on Mindfulness is being held at Westminster on July 16 and is being chaired by Madeleine Bunting, associate editor of The Guardian.

Therapist Peter Smith-Howell specialises in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for our Trust.

Peter works for the NHS Wellbeing service in Suffolk and uses mindfulness as a therapeutic tool for patients: "I'm really delighted to have been invited to this roundtable session. I'm passionate about the benefits of mindfulness for people struggling with depression, anxiety or stress.

"Mindfulness training helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we're better able to manage them.

Taking a mindfulness course can give people more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve relationships."

MBCT is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the prevention of relapse in recurrent depression. It combines mindfulness techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and stretching with elements from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to help break the negative thought patterns that are characteristic of recurrent depression.

The mental health roundtable is part of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness inquiry into the role of mindfulness in public policy.