Mindfulness & Meditation
Blending Mindfulness Meditation with Psychotherapy
Mindfulness Meditation and Psychotherapy blend very nicely into what is now known as Contemplative or Transpersonal Psychotherapy. There is a significant body of research that supports this approach in helping people to deal with mental illnesses such as anxiety and Depression, as well as, pain management, stress management and everyday life management.
Interestingly, mindfulness can be a way of life. It is when we stop living on automatic pilot and begin to be awake for our life that we learn to be authentic and real. There is great peace in this way of life as we focus on living in the moment rather than ruminating about our past or worrying about our future.
Jennifer has been practising Mindfulness Meditation for twelve years and has integrated this philosophy fully into her practise. She has seen the profound effects this shift has had with her clients as well as within herself.
Why Mindfulness & Meditation for children, teens & young adults?
Childhood and adolescence are challenging stages in mind/body/social development where there is significant transformation that can cause increased stress. In your child’s early years they may have developed a conditioned response to manage emotions in an overtly logical, rigid, non-emotive manner or conversely in an overly emotional reactive manner. Neither end of this spectrum results in healthy long term coping. We experience mental health when there is integration and balance between these modes of responding. Research shows that when practising the basic tenants of Mindfulness the brain becomes increasingly integrated. With brain integration information flows between all parts allowing us to cope better with stress and life challenges.
Research also repeatedly demonstrates that the brain is plastic in nature. In short, this means that our brain is continuously moulding based on our experiences, conditioning and focus. Through the techniques of Mindfulness and Meditation, the individual learns how to watch the thoughts tied to their feelings, or learns the feelings tied to their thoughts. As they begin to see their perceptions and interpretations more clearly they are able to calm themselves faster and use logic more effectively for healthier problem solving, decision-making and responses.
Mindfulness develops the individual’s sense of ‘space’ from potentially self-destructive stories or narratives they tell themselves about their self-worth, sense of belonging and self-confidence. With ‘space’ and clarity, the individual develops the ability to challenge their old stories, decrease rigidity, calm reactions and correct misperceptions. A balanced perspective results and produces a tremendous calm within oneself, so much so, that one is able to leave fear and/or shame-based thinking behind and live for what is precious in the moment.