Mindfulness based approach to treatment was originally introduced by Jon Kabat-Zinn for the treatment of various medical conditions. It has since been applied and evaluated for the treatment of chronic depression, anxiety and stress reduction with a great deal of efficacy. Like traditional cognitive treatments, MBCT recognizes the interplay of thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations. It teaches an individual to focus on acceptance of one’s troubling thoughts rather than attachment or reactivity. By encouraging a new relationship with one’s experiences and thoughts, mindfulness based techniques help to reduce or eliminate rumination and negative thinking. Additionally, it facilitates self-regulation of emotion and mood. Practices based in mindfulness techniques are an important element of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction treatment.
Mindfulness teaches practical skills to cope with one’s physical and psychological symptoms. It can also assist in dealing with life’s on-going challenges. Inherent in mindfulness practices, is a wealth of psychological benefits. This is evidenced by extensive scientific studies carried out since the introduction of mindfulness techniques in the 1970s.
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