Simply put, mindfulness is awareness. It is the awareness that arises from paying attention to the emotions, thoughts and physical sensations in the midst of an experience. The practice of mindfulness can help people recognize negative thought patterns and automatic reactions, which often lead to feelings of distress. It can help free people of the worry about yesterday and tomorrow by focusing on the here and now. Studies show that mindfulness, when practiced on a regular basis can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep patterns, find relief from depression and promote general well being.
Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy
Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (often called CBT) is a type of therapy based on behavioral therapy and cognitive psychology. The main focus of therapy is in the present, although understanding of the development of the difficulty is often found in the past and goals focus on the future. It is based on the concept that emotions, thoughts, behaviors, physiology and environment interact together in the development and maintenance of our difficulties. This approach helps a person step back from the problem and break it into manageable pieces. Additionally the person learns to recognize when difficulties start and techniques to change the cycle.
In this approach, therapists will assist a person in exploring how previous experiences may have helped form the foundation for current problems. Clients will review early childhood experiences as well as painful memories within the safety of a trusting therapeutic relationship. Clients work towards self-discovery and gaining insight into how the past affects the present.
Grief counseling helps those who have experienced loss due to death or other major life changes. It often begins with education regarding how people experience grief and can help a person understand how grief affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Grief counseling allows a person to work through current or anticipated losses as well as identify any unresolved grief from the past.