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1 The Art of Mindfulness in Counseling 2013 Ariya Consulting Services Use of these materials other than personal must have prior permission of the author.

2 The Art of Mindfulness in Counseling  Why mindfulness?  Therapeutic presence  Bringing one’s whole self to the moment  Working alliance  Evidence-based practice: relationship and attributes of the counselor Campbell and Christopher, Teaching Mindfulness to Create Effective Counselors

3 Objectives  Explore relevance of mindfulness in the counseling relationship  Consider integration and applications of mindfulness techniques and practices  Benefit for clients and practitioners  Supervision and training needed to incorporate mindfulness into counseling practice

4 Why Mindfulness  Those trained in use of Mindfulness-Based Stress- Reduction (MBSR) with clients and patients:  Decreased anxiety and depression  Increased empathy  Decrease in impact of stress, negative affect, rumination  Increased positive affect and self-compassion Shapiro, Brown & Biegel, 2007

5 Attunement  Emphasis on body sensation  Breath  Acknowledgement of emotions  Labeling thoughts

6 Mindfulness Defined A state of being aware, with acceptance of thoughts, emotions, and sensations as they arise.

7 Compassion/ Empathy  Compassion - sympathetic feeling towards another without attempting to know their feelings or even understanding the intensity of their sufferings  Empathy – trying to imagine another’s problem coupled with strong feeling for that person, understand his problem and share the feelings Read more: between-empathy-and-compassion/#ixzz23IlMS1Wd between-empathy-and-compassion/#ixzz23IlMS1Wd

8 Self-Compassion  Warm and understanding toward ourselves  Common factor of being “human”, “inter- being”  Observing thoughts and feelings without suppression or denial  Non-reactive

9 Self-Compassion and Well-being  Recognize strong inner critic  Errors are part of being human  Shame and belief of basic flaw  Productivity and sense of well-being strengthened by compassion

10 Metta Practice  For ourselves  For dear ones  For those in larger world  For those born and ready to be born  For all sentient being

11 Mindfulness in Helping Professions  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  Full Catastrophe Living Jon Kabat-Zin:  Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression; Segal, Williams, Teasdale

12 More information available by contacting ariyaconsulting.com

13 Therapists-in-Training study Mindfulness can  Increase therapeutic responsiveness, empathy and attentiveness  Decrease reactivity and defensiveness  Positive impact on outcomes Grepmair, et. al. 2007

14 Formal and Informal Mindfulness Practice  Formal:  Structured meditation, sitting in meditation for 20 minutes daily or several times a week  Sustained, disciplined introspection  Informal  Bringing mindfulness to ordinary daily activities  Self-regulation of senses through observation

15 Mindfulness-Based Methods  Beneficial personally and professionally  “Mindfulness-Informed Psychotherapy” (Germer)


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