Mindfulness for Therapists and Healthcare Providers
Three Ways to Bring Mindfulness Into Therapy Mindfulness is a simple yet powerful ability of the mind to attend more fully to present moment experience. Cultivating mindfulness results in many benefits for mental and physical wellbeing and happiness. The common denominator of all applications of mindfulness is the turning toward experience; the common therapeutic factor is a changed relationship to experience.
Psychotherapists can bring mindfulness into their work in three ways. The mindful therapists establishes a personal practice which supports therapeutic presence and has been shown to have a positive impact on treatment outcome (Grepmair, 2007). The practicing therapist may use the principles of mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology in the context of therapy, such as the importance of turning towards direct experience, pain is part of life and suffering is optional. Mindfulness Based Therapy involves teaching mindfulness practices in sessions. In the mindfulness tradition, each of these is rooted in the therapist's personal practice.
The Mindfulness for Therapists trainings focus on the main principles of mindfulness including practice, discussion and resources. Each session includes links to readings and guided meditations. There is support for both personal practice and bringing mindfulness into therapy sessions. If you would like to bring this to your office or group or would like to register for the next course, please contact Robin. The Effects of Meditation on Therapists