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About the MIBA Method

The Mind is not an enemy, it is a high-level tool. The better you understand how this tool works, the better you can use it, work with it, get the most from your mind and lead a fuller life.

The problem in many therapeutic settings is that there is often no guidance on how one can begin to observe the activity of the mind during a stressful or upsetting encounter. This is important because to be able to see how patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving may be causing you stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia etc, you first need to be able to become aware of their presence and their content. What happened right before a thought or feeling was triggered? What was the actual thought? What feelings are set off by having those thoughts? What do you feel like doing when you are having those thoughts and feelings? What was the automatic reaction that accompanied the experience and triggered the thought/emotion? What happened in the body? And so on and so on.

Furthermore, some types of therapy or help interventions sometimes suggest that we can choose which thoughts pop into our minds. That’s the same as choosing to see a banana when you see an image of a giraffe.

Just as we can’t choose what the brain processes, we can’t choose what thoughts automatically pop into our minds. These stem from complex systems, made up of all of our experiences. The information fed to us by society and those in our environment as well as our own unique perception combined with our personal values, goals, and morals which all influence how the mind frames an experience ... That’s a lot to try to control.

Remember, it’s not what appears in your mind, but what you do with it that makes all the difference. With the MIBA Method’s approach, you will look at what you give meaning to and how these meanings could be shaping your level of happiness. 

The mind has a fantastic ability to transform itself and literally reshape how it functions, this is called neuroplasticity. With repeated exposure to a stimulus (thoughts, behaviours, experiences, etc), new connections are made in the mind – when this stimulus continues to be repeated, the connections grow stronger, re-enforcing the new behaviour. Imagine you must drive a new route to work, the first time you take that route you might have to concentrate quite a lot on which turns to take, where the stop signs are, which are the right exits. Overtime this new route becomes easier, requiring less effort and feels more natural, you get to your destination without have to think so hard. Adopting new habits in our thinking and behaviour is no different.

With Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Mindfulness-Based interventions, you are choosing which new stimuli you want to engage in and are therefore consciously building new connections in the mind that can help you towards living a more satisfied life.

The idea of this approach is not to get rid of, push away or control thoughts or emotions, but instead re-learn ways of approaching life’s difficulties – this in turn gives you a sense of being more in control. This is a process of unlearning that which no longer serves you and is making you unhappy. It is a process of realizing new ways of perceiving your inner world and world around you.


With the MIBA Method you are not trying to fix yourself, you are already whole. We see clients as stuck, not broken.

There are a variety of ways that the MIBA Method can help you.

One-To-One: If you’re looking for individual and focused support, then our one-to-one counselling service may be for you. Working in this way helps you to explore those specific challenges that are occurring in your life and develop ways in which you can work with and manage these issues.

Courses & Programs: You may like to take part in one of our 6 or 8 week programs, which can teach you how to build awareness of the activity of the mind and learn how to reduce stress and anxiety in your day-to-day life.  These courses not only give you an in-depth learning experience, but they also give you the opportunity to incorporate the tools and techniques into your daily life as you work through the course material. This helps to see the difference this approach can have in your life in real time.

Workshops: If you are looking for a bit more information on how this approach works, then one of our workshops may be perfect for you. They can serve as an introduction to an overall subject or topic, explaining and unpacking it in more detail. These workshops can also give you a more detailed idea of how this approach works in specific areas, for example, stress management, improving relational communication, encouraging better sleep, etc.

About your therapist & teacher


Maria O'Hara is a trained psychologist who specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Interventions. She is registered as a psychologist with the British Psychological society (BPS), with The Association of Psychological Therapies (APT) and as a teacher with Brown University Mindfulness Center.


  • B.Sc. Hons Psychology - The Open University, United Kingdom.

  • Master's Degree - Mindfulness Interventions in the Context of Health and Investigation - Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain.

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher - Brown University, Massachusetts and UMass Memorial Health Care

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Diploma  - The Association of Psychological Therapies, Thurnby, United Kingdom

  • Trained in Positive Neuroplasticity by Dr. Rick Hanson

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