Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Can it Help Mental Health? – Sabrina Martelli

Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one way to address anxiety, depression, mood disorders and other conditions such as chronic pain and insomnia.  The over-arching definition of mindfulness is an awareness of our moment-to-moment experience.  Mindfulness comes out of the 2,500-year-old Buddhist tradition of meditation. Several decades ago, a secular form of the practice was introduced into western health care by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – specific for individuals dealing with pain and other conditions.  It’s not meant to get rid of unpleasant thoughts and experiences but it can provide people with coping skills so that these negative thoughts don’t take over their lives.

At Healing Path Counselling Services, individuals explore how – very often our reactions during times of stress are propelled by habits and reflexes – and some of these can be counterproductive.  Mindfulness lets us slow down and see the mind at work, and the body at work, and choose a response that is more adaptive.  Mindfulness is a particular type of awareness.  One way to foster mindfulness is through meditation, in which you focus on a particular sensation – such as your breathing or a sound – and get to know it thoroughly. That awareness is then extended to the exploration of everyday thoughts and emotions.

Through Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, clients work to recognize that a thought can become recognized for what it is – an event in the mind, not more, not less. Thoughts aren’t facts or absolute truths. So, for example, just because the thought “I am worthless” pops into your mind, it doesn’t mean you are worthless.

A key component of mindfulness is that it permits people to be kinder to themselves. Some individuals can be extremely self-critical when they make mistakes. That just adds a lot more unpleasantness on top of the distress that is already there.  With mindfulness training, negative ruminating can be lessened.

It’s also important to know that mindfulness won’t necessarily produce moments of bliss but it can supply the mental tools to better deal with daily ups and downs. And this can make a huge difference in people’s lives.

If you would like to learn more or feel you could benefit from this support please connect at Healing Path Counselling Services.

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