“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction).
What is mindfulness-based therapy
This approach is focused on helping a person bring their attention to what is occurring in the present, moment to moment, thoughts, feelings, the action of self and others.
Mindfulness-based therapies combine the theoretical principles of mindfulness and combining them with psychotherapy. Your therapist will equip you with tools to become mindful, by noticing what is going on in your mind and body, however subtle. Therapy is directed to help you change old patterns of thinking and feeling and discover new thoughts and feelings. You may be encouraged to sit with uncomfortable feelings, but the aim is to improve your overall emotional and mental well-being.
The session is normally held in small groups, and the qualified practitioner facilitates group discussions and group work involving a mixture of meditation daily mindfulness exercises, which you’re encouraged to practice in between sessions.
Some practitioners provide one-to-one sessions.
Length of session
Mindfulness-based therapy typically runs on a weekly two-hour session run over eight weeks. Some courses can be shorter, including an introductory session.
Who benefits from Mindfulness-based therapy?
If you are feeling overwhelmed anxious, depressed and dealing with addictions, mindfulness-based therapies can help increase your self-awareness moment to moment of how your thoughts and feelings impact you daily and acceptance of self.
Find a Mindfulness-based therapy near me
Whatever you’re struggling with, we have a range of mindfulness practitioners that can help. Speak to one of our team to get help to find a therapist today.
Types of Mindfulness-based therapies
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy combines mindfulness techniques like meditation and breathing exercises with cognitive therapy. This therapy provides educations of conditions such as therapy and anxiety and the role cognition play within it. The focus of sessions is primarily on the present, rather than the past.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) developed to assist people with pain and a range of conditions and life issues. The aim is to address prolonged periods of stress, which can lead to poor mental and physical health.