Mindfulness is a common translation of a term from Buddhist psychology that means ‘awareness’ or ‘bare attention’. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who pioneered the introduction of mindfulness into Western medicine in the late 1970s, defines it as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to things as they are.”
In mindfulness-based psychotherapy, the goal is not to turn everyone into a dedicated meditation expert, but to help clients find more balance, peace, kindness and fulfillment in their lives.
The consistent practice of mindfulness has proven to be beneficial in any or all of the following ways:
- Understand and manage moods, such as anxiety and depression
- Control intrusive thoughts, such as ruminations and unpleasant memories
- Better manage behaviors, such as self-harm, anger, and disordered eating
- Improve relationships by softening interactions with others, changing one’s attitudes, and developing greater empathy
- Increase self confidence and self esteem
The following therapists have participated in a 16 hour Mindfulness Course and are dedicated to their own practice of Mindfulness. They are excited to share resources and build mindfulness into your psychotherapy experience.