Mindfulness-based psychotherapies are a newer approach to an ancient Eastern philosophy. Combining mindfulness practice and modern cognitive therapies has created a very holistic approach to mental health that helps individuals to consider not only their mental state, but their physiological functioning and environmental stressors.
At the core of this modern therapy is Mindfulness Meditation – the Buddhist tradition of focusing the mind on the present, becoming aware of your thoughts and behaviors, and assessing them in a non-judgmental manner. Rather than trying to empty your mind of thoughts, mindfulness meditation seeks to focus your mind. This focus enables you to calm racing thoughts that through practice can become a normal part of your everyday functioning.
Cognitive therapies on the other hand are a very modern psychotherapeutic approach that seeks to identify dysfunctional thoughts, emotions and beliefs. Since many mental health problems originate from distorted thoughts processes, it’s possible to change behaviors by identifying these thoughts and correcting them.
With mindfulness-based psychotherapy, a wide variety of problems can be addressed, both psychologically and practically. Faulty cognitions can be identified and coping tools can be created through mindfulness practice that can change thoughts and improve behaviours.
Possible applications include:
- Anger Management
- Type “A” Personality Issues
- Racing Thoughts
- Inability to Focus
- Chronic Pain / Illness
Mindfulness Techniques Available at Serenity Now
A wide variety of mindfulness techniques are available at Serenity Now. Programs based on Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) are available. Contact us if you would like to learn more about any individualized programs or group programs that are available.