Mindfulness practice is becoming increasingly popular and widespread, and this is for good reason. Research shows that a regular practice of mindfulness can:
- Decrease depression, anxiety, as well as other dysphoric moods
- Decrease distractive and other ruminative thoughts and behaviors
- Increase our ability to regulate our emotions
- Enhance our immune response
- Increase our ability to control our attention
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of allowing ourselves to be open to the present moment without judgement and without attachment. When we are mindful, we are aware of the present and we can experience our own fluidity and evolution as living beings. Practicing mindfulness allows us to experience ourselves apart from the automatic, rigid, and rote behaviors that that inhibit our growth and development as people.
The development of mindfulness skills are an integral part of my therapeutic approach. In individual treatment, my patients often spend time on the development of mindfulness tools to strengthen one’s ability to be effective both in how they cope with difficult thoughts and feelings and in their relationships with others and the world around them.
Additionally, for others who would like to focus more specifically on their mindfulness skill set, I offer a 10 session group experience that focuses solely on mindfulness skill building.
THE SKILLS OF MINDFULNESS GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM
This 10 session group is devoted to teaching and practicing the skills of mindfulness so that participants may reap its many benefits which include reducing suffering and increasing happiness, increasing control of one’s mind and experiencing reality as it is without avoidance or suppression. Participants will learn and begin to practice the “what” and “how” skills of mindfulness, as well as mindful meditation, spiritual mindfulness, and reality acceptance. Participants will explore how mindfulness can be used to help them become more effective interpersonally, to tolerate distress, and to better regulate their emotions.
Groups meet weekly. The fee for the program is $600 and includes materials. Insurance reimbursement for this group is possible depending on your coverage.
If you are curious about whether the Mindfulness Group Training Program is right for you, I welcome you to contact me.