At the Child and Family Practice, we offer Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an approach to life which encourages a heightened awareness of the present moment. Paying attention to your own thoughts and experiences, and to the world around you, can help you find relief from difficult feelings.

What does it help with?

Although Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy has been recommended by the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines and the NHS for the treatment of stress, anxiety & recurrent depression, it is not exclusively beneficial for people experiencing emotional distress. Practicing mindfulness can help anybody who feels they want to engage more fully with life.

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Our Specialists

Ana Ribeiro


Ana Ribeiro

Categories: *CBT for Adults, *Counselling and psychotherapy for adults, *Mindfulness, Psychologists

Ana Ribeiro is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness Teacher who was trained in the UK, France & Brazil. She has many years of experience working across the life span in the NHS before moving to private practice. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including GP surgeries, adolescent inpatient units, adult inpatient units and community teams.

In her private practice, she has a wide range of international clients, and her main focus of work is with late adolescents and adults (16 year olds onwards).

She offers therapy for a broad range of psychological difficulties including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, work and school/UNI related stress (including management and prevention), sleeping problems, relationship difficulties, bereavement, and issues related to displacement and living away from home or in a foreign country. Ana has been practicing mindfulness meditation her whole life and is fully trained to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She has been for years teaching the 8 week course in small group settings and to individuals when appropriate. She continues to develop her skills and experience, attending regular training in Oxford and with other leading trainers in this field. In addition, she has special interests in the consequences of trauma, the power of resilience, the influence of one’s culture and beliefs to one’s mental health and wellbeing, self-development, confidence building & facilitating change and transformation. Her work may draw upon a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Systemic thinking and compassionate approaches to therapy. She offers therapy in English, French and Portuguese.