Mindfulness Based Therapies

Mindfulness is a simple form of meditation; a way of learning to focus one’s attention in the present moment without judgement and without any intention to change what may be unfolding in that moment.  There are now a number of therapies that incorporate mindfulness into their application and these have been shown to be effective in helping with things such as stress, low mood and in developing compassion.

Whilst mindfulness has its origins in Buddhist practices, within therapy it is integrated with Western psychological science and understanding.  

Therapies that integrate mindfulness include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  Whereas many therapeutic approaches seek to actively change the way in which we think about things, those that incorporate mindfulness seek more to increase awareness and connection with what you are experiencing, without judgement and without actively engaging in thinking as an immediate reaction.  They encourage us to be open, to be curious and to be accepting of both our internal and external world.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy uses mindfulness strategies to allow space for us to experience our thoughts and to connect with them in the present moment.  Rather than trying to change them, ACT encourages us to observe our thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental way.  It also encourages us to clarify and connect with our values and to make a commitment to making choices that are aligned with them.  This is with the hope that we find a way to live our lives meaningfully.

Our psychologists are trained in mindfulness based therapies, which we can adapt to meet your unique needs.  Please contact us to discuss this further and find out how we can help you.