Mindfulness Based Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that combines elements of cognitive therapy with attention focus. You cannot address issues that you are not aware of. Mindfulness emphasizes the growing tolerance for present-moment awareness, non-judgmental acceptance, and compassionate self-observation. It involves intentionally paying attention to one's thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without getting overwhelmed by them. This is especially helpful with clients who have experienced trauma, because it is common to retreat from connection with the body into the mind, causing overthinking, anxiety, and stress.
Having more awareness in itself is more empowerment, because it gives you the ability to strategize and create options for yourself. It allows for more flexibility in thinking and reduces the impact of negative thinking patterns on mood and behavior. Mindfulness practice can be incorporated into daily activities to allow you to actually enjoy pleasurable experiences without dissociating, process experiences in the moment instead of suppressing them, engage fully in meaningful conversation, and increase intentionality in health and wellness practices.