Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is a blend of mindfulness skills and cognitive therapy. These two approaches, one coming out of the Eastern meditation tradition and the other coming from contemporary, Western psychology, are particularly well suited to each other.
Mindfulness skills are taught to help clients . . .
- Reduce stress and anxiety;
- Cultivate emotional peace and self-acceptance;
- Soothe and manage depression and negative thoughts;
- Foster an authentic, creative life;
- Navigate difficult life transitions around work and relationships;
- Move you beyond your “story” to non-reactive, present moment, peaceful living.
Cognitive therapy helps clients . . .
- Recognize thoughts and thought patterns that are creating problems rather than solving problems for oneself, such as negative thoughts that diminish self-esteem, put-downs, name-calling, and other cognitive forms of self-abuse;
- Recognize emotions and emotional patterns that disrupt the mind/body, such as anger, impatience, or frustration. These patterns are often fueled by thoughts, but can be managed effectively by developing mindfulness skills.
Both mindfulness and cognitive therapy believe that the conscious mind creates unnecessary suffering or stress for itself. Mindfulness involves learning meditation practices that develop awareness and mental clarity so that we can act and make decisions in a more skillful manner. Cognitive therapy helps us identify the unskillful patterns in the mind that cause confusion and unhappiness. Together they help clients move towards empowerment and emotional peace.