What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness refers to the focusing of attention and awareness on the present. It is based on the concept of mindfulness in Buddhist meditation which, since the 1970s, has been incorporated into a number of therapeutic applications. Although the roots of mindfulness come from Buddhism, it is not inherently religious; rather it helps you become more aware of the present moment by developing awareness around emotional, cognitive and physical sensations. Research suggests that mindfulness practices are useful in the treatment and management of pain, stress, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, anger management and addiction.
At Spectrum Mental Health, our clinicians possess skills in a wide range of therapeutic approaches, including mindfulness. Direct work with the individual includes psycho education around the mindfulness approach, mindfulness skills training, and homework to facilitate learning the practice in a comprehensive manner.
Research suggests that mindfulness practice can be beneficial to individuals with the following issues: