Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression

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Presented by Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi PhD, Clinical Psychologist

The significant evidence base around mindfulness has shown it to be a highly effective (and NICE-recommended) method of relapse prevention in recurrent depression and as a successful intervention for a variety of anxiety disorders. With practice, mindfulness can help us recognize how we become entangled in streams of worries, self-criticism and ruminative thinking, and slowly learn to break free from these patterns to improve our well-being.

Through psycho-education, group discussion and short mindfulness practices you will gain a basic understanding of:

What mindfulness is and how it can be trained;

How depression and anxiety develop and are maintained;

Mindfulness practices to help accept yourself and face life’s difficulties with self-compassion instead of self-criticism;

No prior mindfulness experience or knowledge required.


This program offers 1 CE for Dietitians. The Center for Mindful Eating is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 1 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this program.


Learning Objectives

1. Understand the mechanisms of anxiety and depression
2. Understand how mindfulness can help with anxiety and depression
3. Practice a short self-compassion exercise


Cinzia Pezzolesi, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapist. Cinzia is also a senior lecturer on mental health and wellbeing. Cinzia qualified as mindfulness teacher at the University of Bangor (North Wales, UK), and trained as Mindful Eating trainer in Boston (USA). Cinzia has a PhD in Human Factors in Health Care and obtained her Clinical Psychologist degree from the University of Urbino (IT) where she is originally from.
She currently lives in the UK, and over the years she has developed a strong research interest around wellbeing and mindfulness in various health care settings. Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, substance of misuse, anxiety and depression.
Cinzia enjoys spending time with her family and has a strong passion for sport. She played volleyball professionally in Italy for over 15 years and she is now a supporter of the UK team ‘Polonia Volleyball’. To learn more about Cinzia's work, visit www.cinziapezzolesi.com


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