Yael Schweitzer, LCSW, BC-DMT
What is Mindfulness Based Therapy?
Mindfulness-Based Therapy is an approach in which the principles of mindfulness are applied for therapeutic purposes.
Mindfulness-Based Therapy involves the practice of focused attention, bringing awareness to every sensation, emotion and thought as they unfold in the moment. This practice allows a shift from having our mental health defined by the content of our thoughts to having it defined by our relationship to that content - relationship that is supported by developing acceptance and compassion. In Mindfulness-Based Therapy one moves beyond language to change fundamental psychological processes.
Who can benefit from Mindfulness-Based Therapy?
Mindfulness-Based Therapy fits everyone who seeks therapy for medical, personal and interpersonal reasons. It can be helpful to people coping with conditions such as:
Anxiety /Stress / Depression
Low self esteem
Transitions and adjustment
Couple and family challenges
Life threatening diseases
Wide research in the last 30 years shows significant reduction in symptoms, better coping skills with stress and overall improvement in the well being of people who learned to practice mindfulness and adopted that approach to their lives.
Mindfulness-Based Therapy serves either as a main therapy or as a support and complementary therapy to traditional medical treatment and psychotherapy
Mindfulness in Therapy: a training for health care providers
Implementing Mindfulness in Therapy
Saturday, fall 2011, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Center for Community Engagement, L&C College*
Mindfulness has become a popular therapy approach in recent years, and there is a growing need for knowledge and training in mindfulness practice.
The workshop offers an overview of the principles and practices of mindfulness that are based on Buddhist psychology. This includes theory, research and the practice of mindfulness meditation - personal and interpersonal.
Six guidelines for mindful speaking/listening and for staying mindful in relationships will be introduced and practiced in dyads and small groups.
Participants will learn how to remain calm, present, compassionate and attentive in the midst of the tensions and challenges that arise in the therapy process.
A discussion session addressing the implementation of mindfulness in therapy will include identifying clients, diagnoses and conditions suited for this approach, and clarify how to present mindfulness to clients and practice with them.
For more information see: http://graduate.lclark.edu/live/news/1726-mindfulness-in-therapy
* Lewis&Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
Portland, Oregon 97219-7899
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