Mindfulness in Therapy

Mind-ful - (Adjective)/Mind-ful-ness - (Noun) - To be attentive, aware, or careful. To be mindful of ones responsibilities


           To be clear of one's consciousness, in that moment.

  This page is about how mindfulness came about as a therapy and how it has shown great results in dealing with a variety of disorders. I'm going to explain in my own words how Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is based a lot around mindfulness and how it was designed for people with Borderline.


I'm also going to explain what Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) are and how they have helped assist in other disorders as well as BPD.




  In 1979 Jon Kabat Zinn PhD started MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It's an 8 week program which combines meditation and hatha yoga. It teaches the patients to use what they call "moment to moment" awareness. The results have said to have greatly reduced pain, stress and illness.

His CD's are available on-line at : www.mindfulnesscds.com




  From there John Teasdale PhD and colleages came up with the idea of intergrating Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy in 1991. They called it Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which teaches patients to focus on emotions and feelings on a day to day basis through meditation and mindfulness and accepting them but not acting on them. It's also an 8 week program. According to research MBCT has been very effective on people that have had 3 or more depressive episodes. In most cases reducing relapse rates by 50% and shown to improve brain self-control in the frontal-cortex. 




  One thing that we all know is that DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)  is based a lot around mindfulness as well as ancient Zen Philosophy. In 1989 Dr Marsha Linehan came out with this therapy to specifically help those dealing with BPD. She thought that regular cognitive behavioural therapy focused a lot on change which made BPD's feel non validated. So she placed more attention on validation and reality acceptance. It's worked in many cases were patients have mulitple disorders that result in extreme bahvioural problems. This therapy lasts longer than the first two. It's a year long and it goes in stages. The patient is to fulfill the requirements of each stage to progress to the next stage so sometimes it can last longer. Dr. Linehan was given the 2012 American Psychological Foundation (APF) Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Application of Psychology for her outstanding research in Personality Disorders and Concurrent Disorders.


If you would like to read more about her award click on link below:




 So to the best of my knowledge I have explained what mindfulness can REALLY mean in therapy. I have added a recent video of one of the founders (Zindel Segal) of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) speaking about it at TED. At first it might seem a little trivial because it makes you open your mind. Once you tune in , the possibilities are limitless.  The Canadian Psychiatric Association does have a website where I researched some of the information www.cpa-apc.org  I found it to be a very interesting website. I hope you find this page as important as I have. Inside mindfulness has changed the way I deal with those intense emotions that come instantly. Most call it panic. It's made me feel in more control of my life. Mindfulness is the key in life to absorb information slowly and clearly. And the answer always follows after. Enjoy !





Author Kelly McGonigal 


Author of The Willpower Instinct and also a public speaker. Kelly really hits home on how being Mindful about choices in life such as cravings, addictions even everyday healthly life choices. She talks about how doing this automatically swtiches the brain to self-control mode, just by being Mindful about what's in front of you. This is the best video I've ever seen making sense of Mindfulness in everyday choices. This speaker has it down pat ! Enjoy ! 

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