Mindfulness-based therapy

What is Mindfulness-Based Therapy?

Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBT) is a gentle and effective approach that helps you stay present and fully engaged in the moment. The word mindfulness has become a buzz word over recent years, and is essentially a fancy way of saying “noticing without judgement”. Through non-judgemental noticing, you can learn to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and improve your overall well-being. What is special about mindfulness is that it can be viewed as a philosophy that permeates as the foundation for many approaches to therapy, such as CBT, ACT, or EMDR.

In Mindfulness-Based Therapy sessions, you’ll practice techniques like deep breathing, meditative visualizations, and mindful movement with the guidance of our counsellor. These practices help you develop a greater awareness of your thoughts and emotions, giving you the tools to handle stress and difficult emotions more effectively. 

At Strive Counselling, with Mindfulness-based Therapy and through non-judgemental noticing, you can learn to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and improve your overall well-being.

What can Mindfulness-based Therapy help with?

Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBT) can address a wide range of mental, emotional, and physical health issues. Here are some specific areas where MBT is particularly effective:

Stress Reduction

MBT teaches individuals to cultivate mindfulness, which can reduce stress levels and promote relaxation.

Depression & Anxiety

Learn how to respond to anxious thoughts in a more adaptive way

Fostering acceptance of difficult emotions and promoting a non-judgmental attitude towards oneself.

Emotional Regulation

Teaches skills to regulate emotions more effectively, by enhancing awareness of emotional triggers and responses.

Chronic Pain Management

Help individuals cope with chronic pain by increasing their ability to tolerate pain and reducing the emotional suffering associated with it.

Sleep Disorders

Helps individuals manage sleep disturbances by promoting relaxation and reducing rumination.

Trauma and PTSD

MBT can aid in trauma recovery by increasing awareness of triggers and promoting a sense of safety and grounding.

Improving Relationships

Enhances interpersonal relationships by promoting empathy, active listening, and non-reactive communication.

Addiction Recovery

Supports recovery from substance abuse and addictive behaviors by increasing awareness of cravings and developing healthier coping mechanisms.

Self-Esteem

Fosters self-compassion and self-acceptance, leading to improved self-esteem and a healthier self-image.

The MBT Process

1. Initial Assessment and Goal Setting
  • Assessment: The therapist conducts an initial assessment to understand the client’s current mental and emotional state, including any specific issues or challenges they are facing.
  • Setting Goals: Collaboratively, the therapist and client establish therapeutic goals that align with the client’s needs and desired outcomes. Goals may include stress reduction, managing anxiety or depression, improving relationships, or enhancing overall well-being.
2. Mindfulness Training and Education
  • Introduction to Mindfulness: The therapist introduces the concept of mindfulness and its benefits. This may include educating the client on mindfulness principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Mindfulness Exercises: Clients are guided through various mindfulness exercises such as mindful breathing, body scan, and mindful movement. These practices help develop present-moment awareness and cultivate a non-judgmental attitude towards thoughts and emotions.
3. Application of Mindfulness in Daily Life
  • Integrating Mindfulness: The therapist assists the client in applying mindfulness skills to daily activities and routines. This includes practicing mindfulness in everyday tasks, interactions, and challenges.
  • Home Practice: Clients are encouraged to engage in regular mindfulness practice outside of therapy sessions to reinforce skills and deepen understanding.
4. Exploration of Thoughts and Emotions
  • Mindful Inquiry: Clients explore their thoughts, emotions, and reactions with mindfulness. The therapist guides this process with curiosity and non-judgmental awareness.
  • Identifying Patterns: Clients gain insight into habitual thought patterns, emotional triggers, and automatic responses through mindful observation.
5. Cultivation of Compassion and Acceptance
  • Self-Compassion: Clients learn to cultivate self-compassion and self-acceptance through mindfulness practices. This involves developing a kind and understanding attitude towards oneself, especially during difficult moments.
  • Radical Acceptance: Emphasizes accepting present-moment experiences without resistance or judgment, fostering resilience and emotional flexibility.
6. Integration and Maintenance
  • Integration of Skills: Clients integrate mindfulness skills into their daily lives, relationships, and personal growth goals.
  • Long-term Maintenance: The therapist and client collaborate on strategies to sustain mindfulness practice and continue personal development beyond formal therapy sessions.
  • Review and Progress: Regularly reviewing progress towards therapeutic goals, adjusting strategies as needed, and celebrating achievements.
Strive Counselling's Mindfulness-based Therapy offers a structured and transformative approach to enhancing mental health and well-being.

Learn More About The Process

If you’re looking for a soothing, insightful, and practical way to improve your mental well-being, Mindfulness can provide the support and skills you need. Reach out to us today to discover how our skilled counsellors can utilize mindfulness to help you lead a more balanced and fulfilling life.

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