Mindfulness Based Approaches
Mindfulness Based Approaches are designed to deliberately focus one’s attention on the present experience in a way that is non-judgmental. Mindfulness has its roots in Eastern techniques, in particular Buddhist meditation. The practice requires that one intentionally directs focus away from states of mind that would otherwise occupy them, such as frightening or worrisome thoughts, and instead observe and accept the present situation and all it has to offer, regardless of whether that is good or bad.
Mindfulness based approaches can be molded to address a multitude of symptoms and circumstances. Clients progress to mindfulness over time, and it requires dedication and practice. Once the skill of mindfulness has been learned, a client is able to integrate this therapeutic technique into virtually any situation that presents itself in order to maintain a sense of control in what might otherwise be an overwhelming experience. Psychological insight and emotional healing occur over time through the regular practice of mindfulness.