What is Mindful Psychotherapy?
Mindfulness based psychotherapy offers meditations, cognitive strategies, ethical trainings, and a powerful set of practices that support mindfulness in daily life.
Mindfulness Meditation practices come out of Buddhist Psychology and have been described by Jack Kornfield, author, psychologist and meditation teacher as starting with "a most radical vision, one that transforms everyone it touches: a
recognition of the innate nobility and the freedom of heart that are available
wherever we are."
What issues does Mindfulness based psychotherapy address?
Mindfulness and psychotherapy practices support healing and growth
for many types of challenges associated with:
- Addiction & codependency
- Self critical & other negative thoughts
- Life balance, stress & personal goals
- Depression & anxiety
- Overwhelming emotions
- Relationship problems
- Chronic pain and other medical conditions
- Changes and transitions in life
- Grief and loss
- Spiritual connection and growth
How is Mindfulness based psychotherapy different from traditional psychotherapy?
Traditional psychotherapy maintains a focus on the
of content of our situation. The main emphasis is on the story of our lives or the "why." In mindfulness-based psychotherapy, our focus is on our relationship to the situation, without projection, bias or delusion. We stop and recognize the "what" of our experience. We are
guided to direct our attention into our experience with compassion. We
stop, and allow what is already happening to
happen. After pausing, and allowing the truth of the moment to register, we can
engage in a process of intimate in-the-moment inquisitiveness. We nurture
and invite our innate tenderness and open heart to help and guide us.
What are the benefits associated with Mindfulness based psychotherapy?
- Pause before reacting
- Relate to self with compassion
- Reduce stress and tension
- Cultivate inner peace & happiness
- Resist cravings & impulsive thoughts
- Be more present in life
- Deepen self-understanding
- Increase self-awareness
- Improve relationships
- Utilize body based wisdom
- Witness life's surprises and miracles
- Improve quality of life
- Better health
- Support brain functioning
As we develop our capacity to sustain mindful attention and physical awareness we begin to touch deeply into states of gratitude, joy and happiness.
These beautiful states of mind teach us the value of
unconditional acceptance and we gradually become disenchanted with the overly critical mind. We learn that we are happier when we stop
comparing our present experience with our expectations, past experiences or
If you feel like you are missing out on the precious moments
of everyday life, mindful psychotherapy may be of use to you. Mindfulness will support you as you develop your capacity to embrace your feelings without being carried away by them. Mindfulness practices help you cultivate greater awareness so you can learn to
utilize your body and intuition when you are struggling to make authentic
choices. With more mindfulness you become less reactive in life, are more resilient and better able to embrace your struggles and challenges as opportunities. Mindfulness practices help you make changes that reinforce your inner goodness and nurture your innate tendency and evolution toward holistic health and wellness.