Introduction to Mindfulness Based Counseling and Psychotherapy Course

As psychotherapists, counsellors, mental health professionals and people in the healing space, we give a lot of ourselves to our clients. We also get an opportunity to first hand witness and contemplate the human condition everyday, because we see the real struggles and intimate fears of our clients. On just little introspection, we can often see our clients reflecting our own beliefs, fears and difficulties.

Our work, if done with consciousness and presence, provides us with so much opportunity to deeply understand our own habit, behaviour and thought patterns and to work with them. Only when we are open and are able to compassionately work with ourselves can we deeply work with others.

The Mindfulness based counseling and psychotherapy course is a way to do just that. To first learn how to work with our own selves. And then to learn how to help our clients with our own deepened awareness.

If you wish to know more about mindfulness and meditation, we have an entire website dedicated to just that. Please feel free to browse – here are some useful links to get started.

Mindfulness Based Counseling and Psychotherapy Course Structure:

The course is divided into 2 parts:

Part I

The 8 Weeks Mindfulness Meditation Course: This course is common for everyone (and not just helping professionals) who wants to learn and understand mindfulness and apply it to themselves. The course is practical and experiential in nature and clarifies basic concepts of mindfulness and helps one learn the practice of meditation.

Know More about The 8 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course

Part II

This includes an additional, 3 day intensive mindfulness and meditation program exclusively for helping professionals. It will involve 3 day long sessions and is restricted only to people in the helping professions (read eligibility below). These sessions are intended to help therapists and mental health professionals deepen their scientific understanding of the process and apply it in their practice.

Part II of the course with the 3 day intensive program will include:

  • Deeper understanding of the neuroscience/ Cognitive Science behind mindfulness
  • Rethinking therapy through mindfulness
  • The practice of mindful listening
  • The science of emotional regulation
  • Working with stuck beliefs and thought systems using mindfulness
  • Fundamentals of Relevant Buddhist Psychology and Indian Philosophy that support the practice
  • Personal retreat time- longer and deeper practice (as time permits)
  • How to explain mindfulness to clients
  • Demo sessions
  • Use of mindful movement and mindful breath with the client
  • Practicing mindfulness with clients

Eligibility: Who can apply for this course?

Unlike other techniques, mindfulness needs to be first internalized and practiced in order to be shared and used as a therapeutic tool. Hence, if you wish to apply, all that we ask of you is to come with an openness to deepen your own understanding first and make it your practice. Find below the kind of helping professionals who can apply for this course.

  • Counsellors

  • Coaches

  • Psychologists

  • Psychotherapists

  • Doctors

  • Nurses

  • Social Workers

  • Teachers

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Health Practitioners

  • Trainers

  • Sociologists

Research on Benefits of Mindfulness Practice for Psychotherapists

Here are some specific areas identified in psychotherapists and trainee therapists who practice mindfulness meditation.

Empathy – Studies have shown a significant increase in the level of empathy post exposure to mindfulness practices (Shapiro, Schwartz, & Bonner, 1998). A study by Wang (2007) found that therapists who were advanced meditators scored higher in measures of empathy than therapists who did not meditate. Mindfulness-based stress reduction training has helped enhance self compassion amongst health care providers (Shapiro, Astin, Bishop, & Cordova, 2005). The qualities of non judging and non reactivity were correlated with self-compassion. In turn these lead to possibilities of an increase in compassionate understanding and communication with clients. It is no wonder that the final outcome of mindfulness is a more peaceful and happier world.

Counselling Skills – Therapists who have participated in mindfulness training courses report that they are more comfortable with silence, feel more connected and attuned to themselves as well as their clients and report that they are able to be more attentive to the therapy process. It has helped them make a shift from thinking about the therapeutic process to being fully present with their clients. (Newsome, Christopher, Dahlen, & Christopher, 2006; Schure, Christopher, & Christopher, 2008).

Self Care – Mindfulness helped to reduce stress, negative affect, rumination, and anxiety in healthy psychotherapist trainees (Shapiro, Brown, & Biegel, 2007). Mental healthcare professionals often use it as a tool to care for their own wellbeing. It helps them stay centered amidst dealing with the problems and challenges of their clients.

About the Facilitator

The Mindfulness Based Counseling and Psychotherapy Course will be facilitated by Sadia Saeed Raval.

Sadia is the founder and chief psychologist of Inner Space – a counseling and psychotherapy center in Mumbai and the founder of Mindful Spring – an online platform dedicated to mindful living and meditation. In her 17 years of practice as a clinical psychologist she has extensively worked with various individuals and organizations helping incorporate mindfulness practices in order to aid emotional resilience, personal growth and mental health.

Her expertise is in blending the eastern and western approaches- integrating the study of Buddhist Suttas and yogic practices with neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and principles of somatic healing to present mindfulness in a way that is applicable to challenges of the present day.

She has conceptualized the ‘Integrated Mindfulness Program’, aiding people to learn mindfulness gradually which includes workshops, 8 week courses and retreats. For organizations, she has developed ‘The Mindful Leader’ and ‘The Mindful Organization’ programs which are aimed at increasing emotional resilience and collaboration in the work culture.

She has spoken about the relevance of mindfulness in schools, organizations and at several conferences including TEDx and Mindful Leadership Summit. She is in the process of completing her ebook, “The First Few Steps to Mindfulness”.

Watch Sadia’s TedX Talk on the Mindfulness of Emotions:

Read what participants from previous workshops have to say about their experience:

It helped me to deal with the situations & accept the present as it is & not worry for the future.


It has helped me understand the difference between creative visualisation & mindfulness meditation & what will help me more.


The workshop was clear & useful, thought-provoking & calming, all at once. The perfect way to begin a meditation practice, particularly if you don’t know where to start.


I have fully understood how to meditate – so I’m confident about starting my practice.


It was blissful. It gave me clarity on commonly used terms meditation & mindfulness & the distinction between the two.


I liked the simple & logical explanations of why we work the way we do and what we can do to address it. It was practical & just the right amount of detail. Sadia was excellent facilitator – open to all questions, answering them thoughtfully & without judgement


This is something new which I am taking with me to deal with my problem.


It has helped me put in practice a lot of stuff that I know the theoretical basis behind but had no means or clarity so as to implement on, so I guess it was helpful & enlightening.


The workshop was worthwhile & educative. The facilitator Sadia speaks with clarity, removing many confusions.


It initiated a greater sense of focus on the body, emotions, mind, with the awareness that we can do thus by being gentle & non-judgemental about the focus.


What I liked the most about the workshop is the fact that it attempts to get to the root cause of most problems. Also the fact that it emphasizes on the need to reconnect with our own mind and body.


What I liked the most about the workshop is the fact that it attempts to get to the root cause of most problems. Also the fact that it emphasizes on the need to reconnect with our own mind and body.


Course Details

Part I – 8 Week Course:

Course Commences: 14th January, 2018 (Sunday)

Duration: 8 weeks

Course Ends: 4th March, 2018 (Sunday)

Frequency: Weekly; Every Sunday

Timings: 10.30 am – 1 pm

Part II – 3 day-intensive course:

Dates: 16th, 17th & 18th March, 2018

Venue for both Part I and Part II: Palm Court Club House, Malad (West)

Fees for both Part I and Part II: INR 18000/– in all (inclusive of 18% GST)

If you wish to do any of the courses and cannot afford the course fees, please get in touch with us. We will try our best to accommodate you; as we simply wish for more and more people to learn this practice.

Some of our previous Mindfulness events:

  • mindfulness retreat
  • mindfulness event
  • mindfulness retreat
  • mindfulness session

Note: Certificates will be provided, upon completion of both Part I and Part II, allowing you to incorporate mindfulness with your clients.