Is Mindfulness-Based Counselling or
Mindfulness Training right for you?

Mindfulness is about the quality of attention that you bring to the moments of your life; it’s awareness with non-judgmental, open-hearted acceptance.  Integrating mindfulness into your life can do wonders for your well-being in all areas of life.  It helps you to focus your mind, see things more clearly and calm your body - a very helpful and healthy way to manage the stress of our busy lives; to more skillfully manage emotions; and to stop reliving the past and/or worrying about the future.
No matter how strong and accomplished we are, we're all vulnerable to the stresses of everyday life, as well as to health changes, accidents/injuries and a whole host of other challenges. Our busy, complex modern society sure seems to be raising our stress levels at alarming rates.  Stress, anxiety and overwhelm seem to be the norm these days.  Mindfulness-based counseling and training has been proven to reduce stress, improve concentration, enhance productivity, improve your ability to more skillfully manage emotions, as well as a multitude of other physical and emotional benefits. It has been proven to be effective in producing positive changes in a variety of common difficulties or diagnoses such as stress, low mood, chronic sadness, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and a wide variety of other presenting problems.  It is also beneficial for individuals who would simply like to cultivate mindfulness in their lives.  

The growing body of scientific literature reports that the benefits of mindfulness have been linked to an increase in mental resilience and emotional intelligence, and more specifically self-regulation, empathy and compassion. The enhancement of these areas also naturally supports our ability to more effectively communicate and manage conflict, thereby improving relationships. Mindfulness practice develops our skills to be able to 'step back' and view the situation from a variety of perspectives rather than simply reacting in our usual automatic (and often unhelpful) ways.  Instead of reacting with the older, more primitive part of our brains that become activated under stress, mindfulness helps us to elicit the more evolved parts of our brain (like the prefrontal cortex) to put us back in control of our emotions, calming our mind and body, thereby enabling us to choose a more skillful and adaptive response to the situation.  This is all done by tapping into our own inner resources, which often leads to feelings of confidence, pride and self-efficacy.

Under the care of a licensed health care professional, Mindfulness for Health provides highly effective programs for both individuals and groups of all ages. Our programs are designed to adapt to the unique needs and challenges of everyday life.
Perhaps you are finding yourself challenged by a current situation and you're just not sure how to proceed. Mindfulness for Health can help you learn new ways of dealing with symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety and chronic pain to make room for new ways of coping - more effective ways of coping.  Often times we struggle because we simply don't have the skills or confidence to know what to do. That's where we come in. 

Angie Kingma is an Occupational Therapist with specialized training in psychotherapy who provides mindfulness-based counseling and therapy (including cognitive behaviour therapy) to empower you to cope with stress, depression, anxiety and other unpleasant emotions in a more skillful way. Being an Occupational Therapist who has specialized in mental health for over fifteen years, she has a unique focus on the whole person in addressing clients' needs to restore or optimize health and well-being. Occupational Therapists are experts in function and Angie can help you address any barriers to mental and overall health by enabling you to create home, work and/or community environments that enhance health, meaning and purpose in your life. She can assist you to identify specific goals and empower you to achieve your full potential.

What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges from paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” (Kabat-Zinn)

Mindfulness is the practice of non-judgmental awareness of the present moment, with acceptance and an open heart. It generally involves a heightened awareness of sensory stimuli (really noticing your breathing, feeling the sensations of your body, etc.) and being "in the now". It is about being fully awake and fully present for the moments of our lives, without wishing for things to be different.

Mindfulness based counseling and psychotherapy has been shown to produce a myriad of positive outcomes for people with depression, anxiety, chronic pain and a variety of health conditions.

Mindfulness is a way of being in our lives as they are right now, with open-hearted acceptance. It is a practice that anyone can learn quickly (even you!) and immediately use to benefit your mental, physical, and emotional health. Many of us are so busy that even the thought of adding one more thing is just too much, no matter how beneficial it might be; but the good news is that a mindfulness practice can be cultivated in many different ways.

Mindfulness is a workout for the brain

Angie Kingma provides Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and Counselling and is fully registered to practice Occupational Therapy in the Province of Ontario. She is a member in good standing of the CAOT and is registered with COTO.
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Angie Kingma,
BA (Hons.), BHScOT
I'm a counsellor/therapist in Halton & Peel. I work part-time at Trillium Health Partners, Credit Valley Hospital site in the Mental Health - Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP Program), am on faculty at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and run my small private practice. I work with people who would like to make changes in their lives to enhance their health, well-being and overall functioning. You'll find information about me and my practice on this website, so please take a look around.
To schedule an appointment,
contact me today. 
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