Dr. Patrizia Collard
Stress Management Consultant and Psychotherapist

Tibbs the Meditation Cat: Mindfulness for Kids

by Patrizia Collard (Author), Philippa King (Illustrator), Max Eames (Foreword), 2016

Scientific evidence supports the view that mindfulness helps us improve our attention-spans, gain a greater sense of self-control, and develop a stronger sense of resilience.

There’s a strong sense that mindfulness might also contribute meaningfully to young people’s wellbeing, resilience and character-development. In addition to assisting with the acquisition of a number of skills and capabilities, it’s considered that mindfulness might also serve to raise educational standards.

So, what exactly is it that has caused so many of us – even all-party government committees – to stand up and take notice? After all, mindfulness can be a big word – and a big concept – for many of us to take to heart.

With kids, especially younger kids, it’s enough to say that mindfulness is about awareness. It’s nothing more than noticing our present-moment feelings, our thoughts, and how our body feels.

Even more exciting, pretty much anybody can learn its basic principles. It’s not the least bit necessary to know one jot about the historical developments and the links to meditation – or to study the emerging body of research that seeks to explain the ‘science’ behind the timeless principle of mindful awareness.

With regular and shorts bursts of practice, you’ll find that ‘being mindful’ amounts to a set of simple techniques that soon become second nature. Eventually it’s easy to go back to that ‘place’ of focus – and kids of all ages (maybe you include yourself in this category) can learn to do this entirely of their own accord, just like Tibbs the Meditation Cat!


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by Dr Patrizia Collard, 2016

Patrizia Collards The Little Book of Mindfulness
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The Little Book of Mindfulness (2014)

by Dr Patrizia Collard, 2014

Mindfulness is the easy way to gently let go of stress and be in the moment. It has fast become the slow way to manage the modern world – without chanting mantras or setting aside hours of time for meditation.

Dr Patrizia Collard will show you how to bring simple 5- and 10-minute practices into your day in order to free yourself from stress and, ultimately, find more peace in your life.

This beautifully illustrated book will set you and your family on the road of mindfulness so you can lead a more mindful, peaceful and relaxed life. Find long-lasting happiness with The Little Book of Mindfulness!

The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr Patrizia Collard #1 Best Seller in Spirituality

Dr Collard’s ‘The Little Book of Mindfulness’ is currently (January 2015) the top Best Seller in’s ‘Spirituality’ charts (above the likes of the Dalai Lama and Oprah Winfrey)!
#1 Best Seller in Spirituality

The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr Patrizia Collard


Mindfulness for Compassionate Living: Mindful ways to less stress and more kindness (2014)

by Dr Patrizia Collard, 2014

Self-compassion is a life-changing way of thinking that is rooted in Mindfulness. By learning to have more loving kindness and forgiveness for ourselves, we have more empathy and compassion for others.

The self-compassion movement has been growing rapidly over the past two years with recent research into the neuroscience of compassion showing that changing our thinking habits makes new neural pathways in the brain - and that compassion can be learned.

The benefits of this practice are personal and global, from learning to manage chronic pain to relieving stress, boosting the immune system and circulation, along with improving relationships as we connect more authentically with others.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies (2013)
by Patrizia Collard, 2013

Stay in the present and build a happier future Mindfulness–Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies takes you through the eight–week MBCT course, using the principles of mindfulness to complement established CBT techniques. You′ll discover how using MBCT can help lower your risk of relapsing into depression and reduce the risk of other mental health disorders including anxiety, stress, and low self–esteem. Provides a solid foundation for positive mental health The downloadable audio files contain guided meditations, a core feature of the MBCT program MBCT works as an excellent supplement to therapy and may reduce the need for medication If you suffer from depression, anxiety, insomnia, or a host of other mental health disorders, let Mindfulness–Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies keep you in the present and build a happier future.

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Journey into Mindfulness: Gentle ways to let go of stress and live in the moment (2013)
by Patrizia Collard, 2013

This book explains the principles of Mindfulness, a meditation cognitive therapy, and shows how its rituals can help you find a path to better living. Living in the moment can be harder than we think in a tech-filled world of to-do lists. It acts as a gentle guide, showing you easy, enjoyable and effective ways to slow down and develop awareness of your thoughts, actions and the environment. Exercises include step-by-step breathing and sound meditations, eating, walking meditations and movement sequences inspired by chi gong, tai chi and yoga to bring the mind and body into the present moment.

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Key Concepts in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A critical A-Z guide to theory (2012)
by Vicki Smith, Patrizia Collard, Paula Nicolson, and Rowan Bayne, 2012

This helpful book offers a concise overview of core concepts within the four dominant approaches to counselling and psychotherapy: psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, cognitive behavioural and integrative. It aims to assist you in developing your critical thinking and essay writing skills.

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Cognitive Behavioural Coaching in Practice: An Evidence Based Approach (Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge) (2011)
by Michael Neenan and Stephen Palmer

This book marks an important milestone in helping coaches and clients alike develop a greater understanding of the cognitive behavioural approach to coaching.

['Chapter 8: Mindfulness based cognitive behavioral coaching' by Patrizia Collard and Gladeana McMahon]

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The counsellor’s Handbook: A Practical A-Z guide to integrative counselling and psychotherapy
Collard, P., ed., 2008. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes
Multimodal Stress Therapy An Integrative Approach
Collard, P., 2006. In: E. O’Leary, M. Murphy, ed. 2006. New Approaches to Integration in Psychotherapy.
New York: Routledge.

Being Here, Coaching At Work
Collard, P., 2009. [online] Available at:
A moment of calm in a hectic world
BACP, 2008. Press release, October 2008.
Patrizia Collard interviews Anastasios Gaitanidis - psychoanalytic psychotherapist
Collard, P., 2010.
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 1469-3674,
Volume 23, Issue 1, 2010, Pages 121 – 124.
Training in Mindfulness Based Therapies
Collard, P., 2009.
Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, Oct 09.
Teaching mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to students: the effects of MBCT on the levels of mindfulness and subjective well-being
Collard, P., Avny, D., Boniwell, I., 2009.
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 1469-3674,
Volume 21, Issue 4, 2008, Pages 323 – 336.
Sensory Awareness Mindfulness Training in Coaching: Accepting Life’s Challenges
Collard, P., Walsh, J., 2008.
Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, 10.007/s10942-007-0071-4.
Coaching at Work
Collard, P., McMahon, G., 2008.
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Volume 22
An Interview with Dr. Pittu Laungani
Collard, P., 2005.
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 1469-3674,
Volume 18, Issue 1, 2005, Pages 7 – 18.
Skillful means at the intersection of neuropsychology and the contemplative disciplines
Patrizia Collard interviews Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius
Counselling Psychology Quarterly,
June 2007; 20(2): 169–175
ISSN 0951-5070 print/ISSN 1469-3674 online 2007 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/09515070701405930

What is this thing called Autism Spectrum Disorder?

  Interview with Jenny Ronayne
Counselling Psychology Quarterly,
June 2006; 19(2): 133–137
ISSN 0951-5070 print/ISSN 1469-3674 online 2006 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/09515070600861498

Reinventing your life through schema therapy
Interview with Jeffrey Young
Counselling Psychology Quarterly,
Volume 17, Issue 1 March 2004 , pages 1 - 11
ISSN 0951–5070 print/ISSN 1469–3674 online # 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd
DOI: 10.1080/09515070410001701432

Trauma and Stress
Interview with Claudia Herbert
Dr. Herbert, it's a real pleasure to be able to interview you and find out about your innovative approach towards treating trauma and stress related problems. When I first met you in 1996 you were already highly involved in trauma work. What led you to work in this area? ...
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Volume 16, Number 3, September 2003, BrunnerRoutledge, UK (copyright)
Dance of Life
Interview with Petra Klein
I met Petra Klein in December 2002 at her International Institute for Dance Therapy on Tenerife. When talking to her I immediately felt that here was a kindred spirit whose aim in therapy closely resembled my own: to get people back in touch with themselves and their inner world and to help them to be more vibrant, more functional and more alive.
Her methodology in achieving those goals is aptly presented in her ‘trilogy’: Dance of Life CD ...
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Volume 16, Number 1 March 2003, BrunnerRoutledge, UK (copyright)
The role of stress management amongst Beijing's business community
The field of Stress Management has progressed substantially since its beginnings in the 1980is. Meticulous scientists have investigated the efficacy of on
Review of "MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING Preparing People to Change Addictive Behaviour" by: W.R. Miller & S. Rollnick, The Guildford Press, New York, London, 1991
When I was initially introduced to the subject, I immediately felt that Motivational Interviewing was an approach I would like to incorporate in my counselling skills. I felt very strongly that here was an alternative to the traditional approach in dealing with addiction, an approach that attempted to reinstate a person's lost self-esteem and self-control. In my work as a counsellor for clients with anxiety and compulsive-obsessive disorder, I constantly strive to facilitate people in taking back control over their own lives, and so this notion is one of the essential goals in my work. read on
Review of "ASSERTING YOUR SELF" by Cathy Birch. Oxford: How To Books, 1999, £9.99, pp. 122.
When I was first asked to review a new self-help book on assertiveness I gladly accepted the task. After all I myself run training courses, which include assertiveness training, so it always seems a good idea to keep up to date with latest ideas and on
Review of "CONTROLLING ANXIETY" by William Stewart. Oxford: How To Books, 1998, pbk. L 9.99, pp.160.
This self-help book is subtitled: ’How to master fears and phobias and start living with confidence’. An important question is whether the book actually achieves what it sets out to do. read on
Women's Perspectives and HIV
In 1994 the WHO estimated that 14 million people were currently infected with the human immunodeficiency virus worldwide. Over three million of these were women, and one half of all newly-infected people are female (Shepherd, 1994). Despite their lower number, the rate of increase in new AIDS cases is higher among women than among men (Finnegan, 1993). Women's social vulnerability exposes them to HIV infection in many ways. Often they are sexually subordinate to their partners, and find it difficult to protect themselves from infection, even when they know they are at risk.
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Review of "Understanding the Nature of Autism", A practical guide, by Janice E. Janzen, M.S. San Antonio, Texas: Therapy Skill Builders, 1996, pp. 454
It seems to have taken three years, looking at the publication date, for this brilliant insight into autism to reach the other side of the Atlantic. But thank God it finally did, for rarely have I come across a more comprehensive guide to a disorder which, in its multitude and variety of presentation, can be mind boggling for anyone having to work with people afflicted by it. The book is thus aimed at a wide readership, starting from counselling psychologists who may be involved in diagnosis and treatment, teachers and parents who are living with and training people with autism, and of course students of psychology who may want to find out the basic facts about the disorder. read on
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