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About merge programs

On what does Merge Programs believes, our philosophy:

We have an undiluted belief that humans have the potential to find balance in a world where balance is misunderstood and undervalued.  At Merge Programs, we believe this comes from understanding the power that lies in our differences and using these to counteract the often overwhelming pressures and expectations which wind their way into our lives.

You, our clients, bring unique perspectives, and in collaboration with our professional expertise, our therapists tailor programs to specifically meet your needs and support you to achieve your potential.    

We use evidence-based physical, social and psychological strategies so that no matter what your age or stage of life, you can feel empowered you to use the skills and knowledge gained in treatment to enhance your sense of well-being and balance.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Management – What is it? 

There is a growing body of research demonstrating the positive impacts that mindfulness-based therapies can have on psychological wellbeing across the lifespan.  Firstly, however, let’s be clear on what mindfulness is, and as importantly, what it is not.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Programs (MBCP) are derived from the meditation practices of Buddhist philosophy.  The evidence base for mindfulness dates back to the late ’70s.  One key U.S. theoretician in this field is  Jon Kabat-Zinn from University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Kabat-Zinn has popularised the neuropsychological value of meditation.  In brief, mindfulness aims to promote “the intentional self-regulation of attention so that it remains focused on present moment experiences (i.e. thoughts and feelings) as they arise.  The second component is an attitude of openness, acceptance, and curiosity toward whatever arises.” (Baer, 2014)

Unfortunately, as is often the case with effective therapeutic frameworks, MBCP has also been misinterpreted as a means of achieving relaxation and calm and eliminating stress reactions.  While this is often a side effect, it is not the goal.  The goal of MBCPs is to allow the individual to observe thoughts and feelings without judgment.  It is a cognitive processing and attentional skill which, when practiced, allows an individual to find enough mental space to make choices promoting functional coping.  My definition of mental space is that teeny weeny period of time between thought and action, during which we are empowered to choose our behavior rather than immediately reacting with an explosive expression of emotion.  Mental space allows us to regulate emotion and is a key skill that children and adults need to self-manage.

Merge Programs runs structured group sessions to develop and implement Mindfulness-Based cognitive practices.

Children

Merge Programs children

CHILDREN

Worry management

Mindfulness sessions

Emotion coaching

Growth mindset

Managing school/exam stress

Navigating communication at home

Social Skills development

Self-esteem and self-acceptance

Adolescents

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ADOLESCENTS

Managing exam/school stress

Mindfulness sessions

Managing Peer relationships

Navigating communication at home

Self-esteem and self-acceptance

Understanding body image

Building resilience

Growth mindset

Social Skills development

Self-esteem and self acceptance

Couple

Merge programs couple

COUPLE

Conflict management

Emotion coaching

Working through infidelity

Stress management

Communication skill development

Pre-marital programs

“Self, Other, System” training

Navigating separation

Adults

Merge programs adults

ADULTS

Managing anxiety and depression

Mindfulness sessions

Working through chronic health issues

Establishing work/life balance

Recovering from relationship break ups

Navigating communication at home/work

Rehabilitation after workplace injury

Trauma counselling and management

Older adults

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OLDER ADULTS

Understanding grief and loss

Managing retirement

Mindfulness sessions

Working through depression

Stress management

Managing chronic health issues

Social networking and engagement

Parents

Merge programs parents

PARENTS

Understanding child development

“1-2-3 Magic” programs

Emotion coaching

Promoting pro-social behaviors

Stress management

Navigating communication at home

Self-esteem and self-acceptance