Family Services has teamed up with the Gateway YWCA to offer a highly interactive course aimed toward nurturing healthier people in 2016. They are kicking off the new year with six weekly sessions in mindfulness, which has been shown to reduce stress and promote healing of body, mind, and spirit. Participants will learn practices that can help them improve their physical and mental health and adopt a more thoughtful lifestyle.

“We are pleased to partner with the YWCA to provide this excellent opportunity to the community. Our hopes are to reach and serve more people by offering this evidence based course, taught by a highly skilled therapist and facilitator, at various locations in the community,” said Nicole Alford, Counseling Program Manager with the Family Solutions division of Family Services, who is coordinating the community outreach.

Family Services’ Virginia Perry will lead the classes, which she designed around the popular book, Mindfulness: An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. Sessions will include emphasis on mindful breathing and eating, body awareness, movement, sounds and thoughts, approaches to handling difficulty, compassion and loving-kindness, and making wise choices.

Perry is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 years of experience. In addition to mindfulness, her practice also includes hypnosis and pet therapy. At Family Services, she is one in a team of therapists who offer professional counseling for issues ranging from grief to parent-child conflict, helping children, teens, adults, and families across Forsyth County to become stronger and self-sufficient.

If you go:

Participants can register at the YWCA front desk or with Rachel Williams by calling (336) 354-1589

Each hour-long session will be held on Wednesdays, beginning January 13, from 6:00–7:00 p.m. at the YWCA. The six-week course is only $75, with YWCA members receiving a discounted rate of $50. Participants can also pay per class ($10 for members; $15 for potential members).

The YWCA is located at 1300 S Main St, Winston-Salem, NC 27127.

For more information about Family Services’ counseling and family support, call (336) 722-8173.