Mindfulness-Based Therapy

What is mindfulness?

“Paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, 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 nonjudgmental 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 increase mental focus
  • Increase cognitive flexibility
  • Improve communication and relationship satisfaction
  • Reduce pain symptoms


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