ABOUT MINDFULNESS-BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY (MBCT)
Mindfulness and Buddhist principles have been passed down in Eastern traditions for centuries. Now contemporary research findings in Neuroscience and Psychology are proving empirically that these healing practices are effective in treating psychological problems. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that integrates mindfulness as a central part of its practice. Mindfulness, simply put, is non-judgmental awareness.
Eckhart Tolle says we are addicted to our thoughts and it’s true. Many of us don’t know how to quiet our minds and listen to ourselves. We’ve internalized the notion that everything– even emotions– can be fixed and figured out, as though they are some kind of math problem.While we often may recognize there is a tug of war going on between our heads and our hearts, we still so often believe the answer is to try to solve our emotional problems rationally. As you may already know, this doesn’t work. The head can’t solve the problems of the heart.
MINDFULNESS-BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY (MBCT)
Our work together will bring you out of your head and into your heart– that is, into your intuition. Our intuition is like a compass that guides us and helps us navigate the waters of our lives. When we take a strictly rational approach to the world it cuts us off from this invaluable navigational tool.
The deductive approach to life is almost universal in our culture, but it ignores a huge chunk of rich human experience– arguably, some of the most important aspects of life. The worst part is that this form of thinking is so commonplace that it is invisible to most of us. We don’t see the perils in our system of thinking so we assume it must be that we are broken or there’s something wrong with us.
Together we will begin to learn to regulate anxiety through bringing awareness to the body and breath as well as thoughts and feelings. We will begin to release the blockages that have been preventing you from feeling present, connected, and alive.
Through a mindfulness-based approach to therapy we will begin to gradually draw you into a different kind of existence, a way of being in which you are more present and aware of your experience, rather than addicted to your thoughts, attachments, and illusory sense of control. As the former system melts away, you will begin to embody a more authentic, alive, and peaceful self.