Dr. Zinaida Lewczuk
Who I am
I was born and brought up in Poland. I came to Scotland in 1978 to study Philosophy and Psychology at the University of St.Andrews, culminating in a Ph.D. Since then I have completed a variety of training courses in psychological treatments, and I have worked for over 25 years in various settings – the NHS, Higher Education (Student Counsellor), private practice and the voluntary sector.
My professional qualifications
- Diploma in Counselling/Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders
- Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis
- Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- Training in Mindfulness
Accreditations and memberships
- BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- British Society of Clinical Hypnosis full member
News and Developments
It is part of my professional ethos that change and growth isn't just for my clients, but is also part of my own continuous development. I stay in touch with current developments in my own field of expertise, and with some new developments in psychology. At present I am working on the integration of mindfulness, self-compassion and positive psychology. They provide unique insight into human flourishing and happiness, and give us some practical tools for coping, healing and resilience.
I am starting an 8-week mindfulness training course - see the advert below. To book a place, send me an email or ring me on 01334-474745. First come, first served.
MINDFULNESS TRAINING COURSE
Mindfulness is a profound practice that can transform our lives. It is based on systematic cultivation of moment-to-moment awareness of our experience. We learn how to see more clearly the patterns of our mind. We learn to recognize unhelpful patterns, and develop the skills to transform them. We learn the skills of cultivating positive states of mind, such as kindness and compassion, to enhance our well-being. Mindfulness can benefit our personal and professional lives.
The 8-week course will help you experience the mindfulness approach for yourself, and will support you in developing your own mindfulness practice. It will teach you a range of different skills, which you can apply to your daily life.
This course is based on the original programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Masachusetts. The programme and its versions have been the subject of much clinical research, demonstrating its benefits across different domains, including improvement of mood, decreasing anxiety and stress, and improving resilience and well-being.
The course will run for 2 hours a week for 8 weeks. The next course will start 1st February 2016.
You can contact me in advance to put your name on the mailing list.
- Times: Monday evenings 6-8pm, start 1st February 2016, finish 28th March, not on 14th March
- Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 2 Howard Place, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9HL
- Fee: £160 waged, £120 for students
STRESS AND HOW MINDFULNESS CAN HELP
We experience stress whenever the demands in our life exceed our ability to cope. However the demands are only one aspect of stress, how we react to those demands can make it worse or better. So when we react with negative thoughts or feelings we amplify stress. Another frequent source of stress is thinking about something in the past that we cannot change, or something in the future that we cannot control. Worry and rumination is a recipe for stress. The hectic pressurised modern lifestyle is another source of stress.
So how can mindfulness help?
Mindfulness helps us to recognise unhelpful patterns in our experience, such as emotional thinking loops that suck us in. We learn the skill of stepping back from our experience in order to develop a better perspective and to create a stronger base for wise action. As a result we start to experience our life in a more open way, less weighed down by unhelpful patterns from the past.
Mindfulness enables us to slow down and find places of quiet within ourselves, from which we can develop steadiness of purpose and concentration. This can be a potent antidote to the pressurised hectic modern lifestyle.
Mindfulness can bring us back to the present moment. By grounding ourselves in the present moment we can get in touch with the richness of our sensory experience, and learn how to savour this richness. It opens us to life, we can start to see, hear, and smell more fully. We can start awakening a sense of wonder, curiosity and gratitude.
All this can help to improve our well-being and increase our resilience, and can innoculate us against stress.
“Knowing others is intelligence.
Knowing yourself is true wisdom.”