Mindfulness Based Therapy/MBCBT
Mindfulness is a mental state and therapeutic technique attained by purposefully focusing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly and without judgement acknowledging your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. If we have present moment awareness we can become less reactive and more responsive to our world. Mindfulness helps us consider our actions and respond in thoughtful ways. And it helps us consciously choose what environments, people, and thoughts to be affected by, too.
In summary mindfulness creates room for us to make clearer choices, feel more in control of our lives, be calmer and make healthy decisions, and ultimately find more joy by noticing the positive details of our lives and relationships.
Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist and Indian practice further developed in the 1970s as a psychological tool to manage anxiety, stress and chronic pain by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Now mindfulness is a scientifically researched phenomenon recognized by the world’s leading doctors, scientists, and psychologists.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short- to medium-term talk therapy. The basic concept is that focusing on changing the way you think (cognition) will change the way you act (behavior). CBT looks at ‘negative spirals’ where self limiting beliefs/ thoughts lead to feelings and physical sensations that then lead to actions. Changing these cycles means that anxiety and mild depression become more manageable. So CBT can help you manage emotional, physical and behavioral issues in a more purposeful way by identifying and changing these limiting, negative thinking patterns and embracing new empowering, positive ways of thinking.
I have been practicing both CBT and MBCBT therapies for years and am very comfortable teaching clients to embrace these powerful techniques to their own unique circumstances.