Mindfulness is about being completely in the present moment in a non-judgmental way. It involves focusing attention, being aware intentionally, being non-judgmental, increasing acceptance, and increasing compassion. The goal of all of this is to be aware of what is happening around and inside of you, and to use that information to help inform your decisions and behaviors Mindfulness training will help the client learn how to successfully do this.
Mindfulness has been used in a variety of clinical and therapeutic settings, and has been shown to be effective for dealing with chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. Learning about and integrating mindfulness into your everyday experience will result in a greater ability to handle difficult situations and emotions, increased ability to enjoy and live in the moment, and decreased rumination on the past and/or on possible futures.
Mindfulness training consists of 6 – 8 sessions, focusing on understanding the underpinnings of Mindfulness, learning Mindfulness practices (both meditations and non-meditative practices), practicing them in session, and giving clients exercises to try on their own that are personalized to fit their lives. This can be done in conjunction with other treatments, or as a stand-alone treatment.