MBCT & MBSR - MINDFULNESS THERAPY
Thrive Psychology Group - Los Angeles
Mindfulness based therapy combines techniques and mindfulness strategies to help clients better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions. The goal is to achieve relief from feelings of distress. Mindfulness based therapy is generally broken into two different types: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Mindfulness came to the forefront in the early 2000s to address depression specifically, but also reduce general stress and improve emotional control, regardless of the specific issues being addressed.
WHAT IS mINDFULNESS THERAPY USED FOR?
Mindfulness therapy was developed to prevent relapses for individuals with bouts of depression, but has since been expanded as a treatment for other conditions. Mindfulness may also be helpful for treating generalized anxiety and addictions. MBCT has also been shown to improve symptoms of depression in some people with physical health conditions, such as vascular disease and traumatic brain injury. Recent research studies have also shown that individuals with cancer, diabetes, chronic pain and epilepsy who incorporate MBCT into treatment plans may see improvement in well-being.
HOW DOES MINDFULNESS THERAPY WORK?
Sometimes normal sadness is a powerful trigger for someone who has recovered from a depressive state to relapse into another bout of depression. Rather than try to avoid or eliminate sadness or other negative emotions, mindfulness therapy learns to change their relationship with these emotions by practicing meditation and other mindfulness exercises. These activities rebalance neural networks, allowing the client to move away from automatic negative responses toward an understanding that there are other ways to respond to situations. By developing a routine meditation practice, clients can use the technique whenever they start to feel overwhelmed by negative emotions. When sadness occurs and starts to bring up the usual negative associations that trigger relapse of depression, the client is equipped with tools that will help them replace negative thought patterns with positive.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS THERAPY?
Mindfulness based therapy helps patients recognize habitual, unhelpful reactions to difficulty and learn instead to bring an interested, accepting and non-judgmental attitude to all experience, including difficult sensations, emotions, thoughts and behavior.