Mindfulness Based Therapy

Arch made of stones on the beach with a red stone held in the middle

Mindfulness Based Therapy, which can sometimes be referred to as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, was initially developed by Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mark Williams and John Teasdale. It is now a widely used approach in the therapy setting to treat a myriad of emotional problems. Examples of such problems are; anxiety, depression, eating disorders, habits, addictions, negative thoughts, stress, parenting, chronic pain, to mention but a few.

Mindfulness is a meditation practice, which originated from the Buddhist’s practice. Buddhism has been practised for centuries and in a way, can be said to be as old as time itself. In this practice, practitioners are enabled to draw or focus their attention on a particular activity, such as the breath in the bid to move the minds focus away from thoughts. Making practitioners aware of the sensations of the breath and the journey of the breath, through the body, enables them to pay less attention to negative thoughts, for example. In so doing, being fully engaged in the now – in the present.

Another example of this practice, may be in, just being aware of walking with your bare feet on the floor, whilst being aware of the sensations of the feet and the movements you make with each step. Then being aware of your breath as you take each step and then after a while back to the steps and the sensations. In so doing, being fully engaged and present in the moment.

For further information about this treatment, please feel free to contact me.

© 2016 Esther Emanuel.