Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy in Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Westchester, and Surrounding Areas in Connecticut and New York
What is mindfulness-based therapy? Mindfulness-based therapy involves cultivating: (1) awareness and (2) acceptance. Mindfulness is about being fully aware of what is going on in the present moment - our thoughts, emotions, experiences. Mindfulness is also about being aware in a certain way – with acceptance. That is, we pay attention to our experiences with a sense of curiosity and openness.
How can mindfulness-based therapy help me? Mindfulness-based therapy can help you get out of "automatic pilot", savor the present moment, get in better touch with your thoughts and feelings, and let go of the various stories that your mind tells you. We will work with you to help you become more aware of the present moment and separate yourself from your thoughts and emotions, giving you the tools to combat various psychological symptoms as they arise.
How does mindfulness-based therapy look like? We will help you cultivate mindfulness through various mindfulness practices. We can work together to help you notice your thoughts, pay attention to the ways in which you embody emotions. For many people, we start by first simply paying attention to your breath. We will often practice a mindfulness meditation together in session and then discuss what came up for you. We will often give you meditations to practice "at home". We also conduct structured mindfulness-based therapy, such as Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
What is the research behind mindfulness-based therapy? Research has shown that mindfulness-based therapies are effective for reducing stress/anxiety, improving sleep, reducing insomnia, preventing depression relapse, anxiety, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, ADHD, chronic pain, overall health (e.g., reducing blood pressure), and improving relationships.