Mindfulness and Psychotherapy


We can understand mindfulness as a form of self-regulation of our attention toward more direct experience. The characteristic of this attention is in our curiosity, openness, and complete acceptance of what is. This accepting quality of attention may also be regarded as a compassionate attitude. Mindfulness meditation can help in acceptance and integration of our difficult emotions, feelings or thoughts. In psychotherapy the therapist creates a space where we look at our problems in similar way. The therapist comes from empathetic, compassionate and nonjudgmental stance offering a company in the journey of healing and self discovery.

Mindfulness psychotherapy has become a powerful, evidence-based tool for enhancing psychological health. It has been shown to help with the conditions like substance abuse, chronic pain, anxiety disorder, depression, PTSD, OCD, and borderline personality disorder.

Mindfulness as an integration of Buddhist psychology, meditation practice, and psychotherapy has been recognized as an effective way to improve performance, reduce stress and tension and enhance emotional intelligence, increase life satisfaction, as well as to help with overall wellbeing. Additionally it has been found as a tool of relapse prevention for recurring depression. By learning to identify habitual thoughts and feelings, we can become free of old, automatic reactive patterns. Mindfulness psychotherapy brings together the skills of concentration and nonjudgmental awareness with the ability to recognize and let go of negative and repetitive emotions and thought patterns.