Mindfulness

At Integrative Therapy, clients receive assistance in becoming more familiar with mindfulness, mediative practices, and guided visual imagery. Mindfulness, meditation, and guided visual imagery are wonderful tools for enabling and strengthening self-awareness and bringing one's self to the present. These practices are particularly helpful for those who are coping with crisis, trauma, anxiety and chronic or acute illnesses and pain. 

To some people, mindfulness and mediation seem too etherial and esoteric, or people think you need to be an extremely spiritual person in order to practice mindfulness and meditation. There is significant research, which I look forward to supplying you with, that shows mindfulness and mediative practices are for everyone. The practice of either brings about self-acceptance and acceptance of people, places, and things around us. Both mindfulness and meditation enable compassion and reduce stress levels as well as benefit our brain functioning, encourage healing and promote high quality living and well-being.  

  • Mindfulness = A state of active awareness on the present without labeling thoughts or actions as good or bad.  Simply being aware of moment-to-moment experience; purposeful attention.
  • Meditation = Is the act of meditating which is a period, of any duration whether it be for 5 min or 60 min, of focused thought without placing judgement on one's thoughts. A method of relaxation. (In the beginning, some people express frustration which quickly subsides after a few practice sessions). 
  • Guided Visual Imagery = A tool, which actually involves all five senses, I provide for clients in order to experience and practice meditation and mindfulness. (A lot of clients enjoy this process and find it truly relaxing and beneficial!)
Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).
— James Baraz