Introducing Mindfulness

Many of the Psychologists at Vivamus include Mindfulness techniques in their therapeutic approach. Mindfulness has been defined as an ‘awareness of present experience with acceptance’ (Germer, Siegal & Fulton, 2005) or ‘the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally to the unfolding experience moment by moment’ (Kabat-Zinn, 2003). Psychologists offering a mindfulness-based intervention should seek to promote seven key qualities: non-judging, patience, having a beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go (Kabat-Zinn, 2001).
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) (Segal, Williams & Teasdale, 2002) combines principles of cognitive therapy with mindfulness techniques (such as meditation skills that focus attention). MBCT has a growing evidence base with a range of conditions, and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2004) has recommended that MBCT should be considered for people who have had three or more major depressive episodes.
If you are interested in exploring mindfulness techniques with a psychologist do contact us or if you have any feedback about your experiences of mindfulness please tweet us @ VIVAMUS_Psychs

Dr. Katherine Boucher
Clinical Psychologist