Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Therapy: Presence, Awareness, & Acceptance

Mindfulness-Based Therapy offers useful skills and also serves as a guiding framework in modern psychotherapy. It offers both a practical skillset to help participants reduce stress and anxiety, as well as a broader therapeutic approach to help participants safely process distressing emotions and trauma in therapy sessions. But what anchors Mindfulness-Based Therapy as an emerging standard in the modern world of mental healthcare?

What is Mindfulness-Based Therapy?

Mindfulness is much more than a meditation practice that is focused on helping us to be more present in our daily lives (although that is an important part of it!). 

Fundamentally, mindfulness practices and skills help us to be more tuned into the present experience of our thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations with curiosity and non-judgment. When applied to therapy, mindfulness exercises help participants engage more actively with their internal world during sessions, as well as teach them tools to help with emotional stability outside of sessions.

Here are a couple popular Mindfulness-Based Therapy modalities:

  1. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  2. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  3. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Why Choose Mindfulness-Based Therapy?

Stress Reduction: Proven effective for reducing overwhelming feelings and burnout

Emotional Regulation: Learn to calm your mind and body, shift out of reactivity and live more in step with your values

Focus: Strengthen your ability to stay engaged with tasks and reduce mental clutter

How Does It Work?

At Experience Therapy Group, your therapist may integrate Mindfulness-Based Therapy in a couple different ways:

1.  Mindfulness-Based Therapy Exercises: your therapist can walk you through brief meditation practices or mindfulness exercises that center on breath, emotions, and thoughts. These practices may support you in grounding yourself during therapy sessions (if you’ve had a stressful day, or if you’re starting to feel overwhelmed during the session), or they can serve as a supportive tool you can take home with you to practice in-between sessions.

2. Mindfulness-Based Therapy Modalities: your therapist may utilize the framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or other known Mindfulness-Based Therapy modalities to support you working towards your therapy goals. Each of these therapy modalities uses mindfulness as a guiding principle and offer a unique approach to therapy.

Dwell in the Present

Emerging psychological and neuroscience research is showing us that mindfulness is effective in the treatment of anxiety, chronic pain, depression, ptsd, as well as many other common mental health symptoms. Mindfulness has also been shown to be effective in strengthening communication and relationship patterns amongst partners and between parents and their children.

If you would like to learn more about Mindfulness-Based Therapy or if you’d like to book your first session, we’ll help you get started! 

 

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To understand your values, develop personal goals, and support you in living a joyful, balanced, and fulfilling life. We currently provide individual and group therapy to adults and teens at our office in East Nashville.

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