Mindfulness Therapy Stress Management

Mindfulness Therapy is a kind of therapy commonly used for stress management and stress reduction but is not limited to these areas. This type of counseling is commonly referred to in psychotherapy circles as a “here and now” kind of therapy. Mindfulness has a long narrative in human history with strong roots tied to Buddhism. Some people also refer to this mindful therapy or mindful based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

What follows is a basic FAQ regarding mindfulness therapy and how this unique approach can be integrated into the larger construct of total mind and body wellness. 

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Q: What exactly is “mindfulness” therapy?

Mindfulness therapy is a 25-cent term that is used to describe an approach to counseling for both individuals and couples that focuses on the here and now. Mindfulness means bringing our total awareness into the moment – as in this moment, using all of the five senses.

What are some of the characteristics of being “mindful”?

Many think of mindfulness as a state of being. One does not need to be in a formal setting, such as a therapy office, in order to engage in mindfulness. It can be helpful, however, to work with a counseling professional at the beginning to assist with mindfulness techniques and to gain a basic understanding of the practices of mindfulness.

Q: What is mindfulness therapy used for?

Mindfulness therapy should be considered as part of a comprehensive approach to personal wellness, including psychological, emotional and for some, spiritual wellness. 

When integrated with other forms of counseling and talk-therapy, mindfulness therapy can help with:

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Working through depression
  • Alleviating work and personal stress
  • Working through phobias
  • Reducing OCD related anxiety
  • Increasing sexual intimacy
  • Boosting energy levels
  • Increasing pleasure and happiness
  • Fostering positive thinking 
  • Enhancing mind and body awareness 
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Q: What does a person focus on with mindful therapy?

The simple answer to this question is that the focus is on the moment. In practical terms, this means focusing on what is happening right here and right now.

Q: What other therapies can mindfulness therapy be combined with to assist with mind body wellness?

There are a number of wellness modalities that mindfulness can be combined with, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, guided imagery and meditation.

Mindfulness can also be used as part of an overall strategy for stress reduction. There have been numerous clinical research studies done on the benefits of mindfulness therapy, which are available online.

Q: Isn’t mindful therapy some “New Age” thing they do out in California?

Actually, there is nothing new-age about mindful therapy as mindfulness and its associated techniques have been around for centuries. In Chicago, mindful therapy and mindful based cognitive therapy are available at 2nd Story Counseling.  And we like California at 2SC.

Q: What else should I know about mindful therapy?

Mindfulness counseling can be thought of as a gift that we give ourselves through the art of living in the moment. It only takes a few short sessions with your counseling professional to learn the basics of mindfulness therapy. If you have time, visit our Zen Meditation Room to partake in mindfulness now.

Individuals and couples can benefit from mindfulness therapy by focusing on the here and now and clearing the mind of “noise” and other distractions. We have included a video from our friends in the United Kingdom at Be Mindful to provide more information on this type counseling and therapy. 

To learn more about mindfulness therapy and how we can help you reduce stress in your life, simply give us a call at 773-528-1777 or send us a confidential note through our online contact form.

What are you aware of right now?