MINDFULNESS BASED PSYCOTHERAPY
Psychotherapy has as one principal foundation the treatment of psychological and relational stressors. The therapist seeks to assist the patient in relating to one’s psychological symptoms in a manner that enhances well-being.
Mindfulness Based Therapy (MBT) can assist you in the reduction of symptoms by teaching calming and self-caring skills. A great deal of the stress associated with emotional problems is triggered by our thoughts and ruminations. Mindfulness allows you to be more self-compassionately alive in the present moment. Instead of being overly focused on the past or future in an obsessive manner, MBT may help you be more at peace with one’s moment to moment experience. It has assisted many persons in addressing stressful situations with greater peace, strength and clarity. Practitioners of mindfulness often report a deepened sense of well-being, purpose and creativity.
MBT seeks to integrate aspects of the mindfulness experience into psychotherapy. Mindfulness practices are not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment but can be an effective complement to such care. Specific mindfulness based practices can be a resource clients may be able to utilize in managing psychological symptoms such as anxiety disorders. It may also assist in the substance abuse recovery process by bringing compassionate attention to triggers and promote healthy living choices.
If you are struggling with obsessive-compulsive behavior, MBT may assist you with being able to tolerate the discomfort that arises when one does not act on the obsession/compulsion. If you are experiencing physical pain, these techniques may assist you in developing more skillful means to manage your discomfort. When experiencing high levels of tension in relationships we can learn mindfulness based calming and communication practices that can foster healthier relations. MBT is a way of opening our hearts to our own inner healing resources.