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TITLE:
Mindfulness & Therapy
WHEN:
02.Mar.2013 01:30pm
WHERE:
Sebel Albert Park Hotel - Melbourne
Category:
Mindfulness Science and Practice Conference 2013, Melbourne - www.mindfulness.conorg.com.au

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Mindfulness and Therapy

One of the major focuses of meditation and mindfulness practices has been the use of these practices with clients in the mental health area. The other main focus has been on the application of these practices for therapists’ self-care such as the reduction of stress and burnt-out.  While these are helpful outcomes, the attention given to these aspects has often resulted in meditation and mindfulness practices being perceived and employed by therapists primarily as a good therapeutic tool/technique with clients. Many therapists have not appreciated the importance of cultivating a sustained personal practice, familiarising themselves with the subtleties of the practices and understanding these practices in the larger context of the Buddha’s teachings.

 

The aspect of meditation and mindfulness practices less understood or written about is mindful presence— the capacity of the therapist to be fully present, attentive and open to the client. Research have shown that while therapists have tended to focus on their skills and techniques, clients placed high value on being listened to and understood. Mindfulness in therapy is related to how the therapist is in relationship to the client, rather than what the therapist does with, or for the client. It encompasses the therapist embracing and embodying a meditative attitude. This attitude involves the therapist engendering an atmosphere in therapy that is akin to lessons of meditation, and incorporating aspects of the Buddha’s teachings such as cultivating a beginner’s mind, skilful actions, non-judging, quiet listening, letting be, and working with clients in the “here and now.”  Being a mindful therapist, rather than a therapist using mindfulness techniques can make therapy a “healing” rather than a “curing” process. Clinical vignettes and my own experience in employing this approach in psychotherapy are discussed.

VENUE

Venue:
Sebel Albert Park Hotel
STREET:
65 Queens Road
CITY:
Melbourne
STATE:
Victoria

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