Mindfulness-Based Therapy

What is mindfulness? 

 “Paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.” - John Kabat-Zinn

What is mindfulness based psychotherapy?

  • Mindfulness has been used in many therapy programs including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery (MBCR)
  • In therapy, mindfulness meditation can be used to decrease attachment to thoughts allowing for greater flexibility and change.
  • Mindfulness allows individuals to notice when automatic thoughts are occurring and provides a greater ability to observe and make new choices, rather than react automatically. 
  • By developing non-judgemental attention through mindfulness practice, individuals become more adept at tolerating distress and making wise decisions in difficult situations.
  • Mindfulness can help individuals gain greater clarity about their most important values so that they can make meaningful life choices.

How can mindfulness based psychotherapy help?

  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce repetitive negative thoughts, anxiety and depressive symptoms
  • Reduce emotional reactivity
  • Boost working memory and increases mental focus
  • Increase cognitive flexibility 
  • Improve communication and relationship satisfaction 
  • Reduce pain symptoms