Mindful Therapy
Mindful Therapy


My name is Daren and this is my private website. As well as working 3 days a week in the NHS, providing evidence based CBT Psychotherapy (1 to one) & Mindfulness (MBCT) treatments for people with everyday & Common Mental Health problems I also work privately- 2 days a week,  providing either CBT oe Existential Psychotherapy OR  MBCT or MBSR course for Stress Reduction, Recurrent Depression, Anxiety and Chronic Pain. There is a large demand for Evidence Based Mindfulness Courses and not many people properly qualified.  For this reason I - & my courses- are very much in demand! It is best to text me or email my secretary on enquiries@mindful-therapy.uk and I would ask your patience as I am very busy due to the success of my approach and work.  I will get back to you! I  have been working privately providing Psychotherapy to the public & supervision for therapists since the mid to late 1990's and I qualified to teach Mindfulness Courses in 2010!  

Over the years I have learned that we have different needs and that: 'no size fits all'.

As such I have completed 3 complete psychological therapy qualifications and am fully trained and registered in providing these therapies independently. This is not the same as being an integrative therapist: I am a specialist in 3 different  therapies.  

For instance: As a specialists in CBT I am BABCP registered.  

As a specialist in psychotherapy- Psychotherapists usually have longer and more intensive training than counsellors & usually work more 'in-depth'-  I am registered with the UKCP via the Society for Existential Analysis (a 'relational therapy' specialism).

Regarding Mindfulness: I have been a mindfulness practitioner since 1989 under direct guidance from a Tibetan teacher, Akong Rinpoche. Thus I have had a passion and interest in mindfulness and have been using using these mind training methods for over 25 years!  I naturally began integrating this into my work in the late 90's and I undertook a further psychology degree training to teach mindfulness (MBCT & MBSR) within a secular academic psychology Masters level training University course in 2005. I follow the Mindfulness Teacher good practise guidelines and am on the register of qualified teachers. Please follow the link to this under the 'mindfulness tab' to find who is qualified locally!

I am qualified- up to Masters level- in these 3 separate psychological therapies and am happy to discuss options. Take a look on the right at these therapies: If you want to know more about them or myself click on the links above or e-mail me directly (below)


Daren Messenger PgDip Mindfulness, PgDip CBT, Advanced Dip Exist' Psych, Pg Dip Existential Psych

Tel:  07866 372021

Email: daren@mindful-therapy.uk


Further information can be found:


Find a Registered CBT Therapist


For Mindfulness Research and Practise:

Mindfulness UK


About Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapyand the evidence: 



For Existential Psychotherapy:

society existential analysis


About Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and the evidence:

Original MBSR Site



Cognitive Behvioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). For Anxiety, depression and other mental health related problems. CBT is the psychological therapy favoured by the NHS. This is because it is informed by psychological science. It is a 'problem' orientated therapy: looking at specific problems and offering specific approaches to dealing with them. The problems are assessed over 3-4 weeks and a formulation 'picture' is developed with your therapist to help you understand what is 'going on'. You can take this formulation 'picture' home with you and then we start the work according to scientifically evidenced treatment models: often completing within 12-20 weeks,you will learn to be your own therapist! I am a BABCP accredited CBT therapist. £80 per session

Existential Therapy

Existential Therapy (ET) is a relational therapy. It is about coming to understand your life, your difficulties and what matters to you in a new way but on your terms. Perhaps you are cautious about the claims of therapy, of 'psychological experts' and 'quick fixes'- perhaps from experience-  but do need to try something different. You might need to consider and make sense of what is important to you in your present situations and to really start  living your life according to these values. Relational psychotherapy is informed more by philosophy than by psychology and science. It is a contemporary take upon psycho-analysis. However; unlike the psychoanalyst your mindful therapist is fully engaged with the experiences that you present- he talks back!- A dialogue emerges about the meanings, alternate possibilities and thus choices inherent in the situation for you. I am UKCP registered£70 per session

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy/ Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) or MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). It may sometimes feel like you never seem to have time or that your life and it's demands can feel overwhelming. Modern life is accelerating. Perhaps you want to learn to cope better with these difficulties? Try learning mindfulness. This, MBCT, is a UK version and slight variant of the well known Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Jon Kabat-Zin. I have over 26 years of personal mindfulness practise experience- under guidance- and, therefore, bring this long history and varied contexts to my teaching! As well as this long personal practise & experience with this approach I also have a Masters level academic psychology & research training qualification in mindfulness based approaches. I undertook this Masters level qualification in psychology at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practise (Bangor: University of Wales). This course is evidenced to reduce relapse into depression, reduce anxiety, help with coping with chronic pain and stress. It will improve well being.Click on the link above to find the next start dates. £260-£300 for complete 8 week course including materials; cd's workbooks etc. Do you buy fake items or like the real thing?Don't accept copies: it's for you!


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