What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a practice of paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. It involves being fully aware of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. By cultivating mindfulness, you can develop a greater sense of self-awareness, enhance your ability to manage stress, and improve overall well-being.

When is Mindfulness used in psychology?

Mindfulness is used in psychology to help individuals cope with various mental health challenges and improve their overall quality of life. It can be beneficial for managing stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Mindfulness-based interventions are also used in treating eating disorders, addiction, and improving relationship satisfaction.

What to expect in Mindfulness psychology sessions:

Introduction and Explanation: In a mindfulness psychology session, your psychologist  will introduce you to the concept of mindfulness and explain how it can benefit your well-being. They will discuss the goals and expectations of the session.

Guided Mindfulness Exercises: Your psychologist may guide you through mindfulness exercises, which may include focused breathing, body scans, or mindful movement. These exercises help you direct your attention to the present moment and cultivate a non-judgmental attitude towards your experiences.

Reflection and Discussion: After the mindfulness exercises, your psychologist may provide an opportunity for reflection and discussion. You can share your experiences, thoughts, and emotions that arose during the practice. Your psychologist will help you explore any insights or challenges that emerged.

Applying Mindfulness to Daily Life: Your psychologist will help you explore ways to integrate mindfulness into your daily life. They may provide practical strategies for incorporating mindfulness into everyday activities, such as mindful eating, walking, or communication.

Skill Building: Throughout the sessions, your psychologist may teach you additional mindfulness skills to develop your practice further. These skills can include self-compassion, acceptance, and non-judgment.

Remember, therapy is personalised to your unique needs and experiences. Your psychologist will adapt the approach to ensure it is respectful, empowering, and supportive of your therapeutic journey.

Reference: Keng, Shian-Ling et al. “Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: a review of empirical studies.” Clinical psychology review vol. 31,6 (2011): 1041-56. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2011.04.006

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