Mindfulness is at the core of everything that I teach as a therapist. Mindfulness as we now use it in mental health and substance abuse treatment was developed in the 1980s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who defines mindfulness as the awareness that comes from paying attention, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. I have pursued mindfulness education in many forms, including completing a 250-hour yoga teacher training course in 2019 at Asheville Community Yoga where I developed a stronger mindfulness practice incorporating mind-body-spirit connection.
Mindfulness comes in many forms and here are so of the types I teach/practice:
- Mindful eating
- Mindful movement
- Mindful breathing
- Mindful walking
- Grounding skills
- Mindful speech
- Mindful relationships
Recent research has shown that people who have been clinically depressed three or more times in their life find that learning mindfulness-based skills help to considerably reduce their chances of depression returning.
The benefits of mindfulness have been shown to improve:
- Depression and anxiety
- Food and eating issues
- Low mood and negative thoughts
- Body sensations such as weariness and sluggishness
Evidence indicates that mindfulness-based therapy may reduce the rate of depressive relapse by 50%. If you or someone you know may benefit from mindfulness-based therapy, please contact me today for a free consultation. I would be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help.