|Psychotherapy and the Mindful Self: The Benefits of Mindfulness in Therapy|
As I mentioned in my prior article, many psychotherapists, especially therapists who value the importance of the mind-body connection, are now using mindfulness interventions as a resource with clients.
I often teach clients how to use mindfulness in therapy, and how to use mindfulness meditation to develop increased awareness of themselves and others.
Mindfulness meditation is usually associated with Vipassana, a form of meditation that comes from Theravada Buddhism.
The word Vipassana is a Pali word which means insight or awareness. Vipassana is used to help develop awareness or mindfulness.
The Benefits of Using Mindfulness Interventions in Therapy
By using mindfulness in therapy, clients can:
- increase their capacity for emotion regulation in therapy as well as in everyday life
- decrease their reactivity to situations that would normally evoke a reactive response
- decrease perseveration
- increase their ability to be flexible in their responsiveness
- increase attentional capacities
- improve their interpersonal relationships
An example of a mindfulness intervention, as it could be used in a therapy sessions, is as follows:
Like any new skill, for mindfulness to be effective, you need to practice it.
Many people find it helpful to use a mindfulness recording, like one of the recordings developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, to help guide them.
Developing this skill doesn't mean being "perfect" or judging yourself for not being where you want to be with your mindfulness practice.
In fact, practicing without judgment or attachment is a basic concept in mindfulness.
Getting Help in Therapy
If you feeling anxious, depressed or struggling with unresolved trauma, you owe it to yourself to get help from a licensed mental health professional.
I am a licensed NYC psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, EMDR, and Somatic Experiencing therapist who works with individual adults and couples.
To find out more about me, visit my website: Josephine Ferraro, LCSW - NYC Psychotherapist.
To set up a consultation, call me at (212) 726-1006 or email me.