What is Mindfulness?
In the field of psychology, mindfulness has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based tool for enhancing clients’ psychological health and fostering awareness and a present centered focus. It has been clinically proven in a wide range of clinical disorders, including chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, OCD, substance abuse, and borderline personality disorder. Mindfulness practices can help clients to experience unpleasant thoughts and feelings safely, become less reactive, and develop greater self-acceptance and self-compassion. For clients who are open to learning about mindfulness, I introduce meditation, visualization, and other practices to nurture the ability to be present focused and more aware of the internal workings of the body. With clients, I aim to bring elements of mindfulness into our work together and often find clients are using techniques but are unaware of them. Prayer, for example, could be said to be a mindfulness and even meditative technique. In order for us to be present centered and better understand how attention and choice play a vital role in how we perceive the world, mindfulness is a critical tool. It also benefits our physical and emotional health and wellbeing.