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Being Mindful

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Why would we use mindfulness techniques as part of the counseling process?

Imagine your mind as a busy street. Cars zoom by, horns honk and sometimes there’s a traffic jam. The cars are like your thoughts, feelings and worries. They come and go, and sometimes very quickly!

What if you could find a way to slow down this traffic, even for a little bit? Mindfulness is like a traffic controller for your mind.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is based on mindfulness, a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment. It is a way to pay attention. It means noticing what’s happening right now. Not thinking about yesterday or tomorrow, but this very moment. It’s like hitting the pause button on a movie. Everything stops, and you can see things clearly.

The goal of mindfulness therapy is to help individuals reduce stress, increase well-being, and improve their overall quality of life.

Why do you need Mindfulness in Counseling?

In counseling, you talk about feelings and problems. Sometimes, it’s hard to focus. Our minds wander to other thinks. Mindfulness helps you to stay on track.

The practice of mindfulness can be traced back to ancient Buddhist teachings and has since been incorporated into various forms of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Mindfulness therapy encourages individuals to pay attention to their thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in a non-judgmental way. This can help individuals become more aware of their patterns of thinking and behavior and increase their ability to regulate their emotions.

Imagine you have a toy box filled with different emotions: happy, sad, angry, and so on. Sometimes, these toys get jumbled up. Using mindfulness helps you take out one “toy” at a time, look at it, and understand it.

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Calms Your Busy Mind

One of the key components of mindfulness therapy is meditation, a practice that involves focusing one’s attention on the present moment. It is often done with the aid of deep breathing and visualization techniques. This helps individuals develop their ability to stay focused and calm, even in stressful situations.

Another important aspect of mindfulness therapy is self-reflection, in which individuals are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and emotions in order to gain insight into their patterns of thinking and behavior.

Helps you Focus

You have better focus, which means you pay better attention in school, at home or during day to day life. It’s like tuning a radio to the right station.

You handle emotions more effectively. Sometimes emotions are like a roller coaster, and you will able to ride the emotional roller coaster without feeling dizzy or scared.

Mindfulness has been showing to be effective for better sleep. When your mind is calm, you will sleep better and let go of the day’s worries and get some great rest.

Being mindful is like a muscle. The more you practice it, the stronger it becomes. And, in the same way exercise helps your body, mindfulness helps your mind.

Research has shown that mindfulness therapy can be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It has also been shown to be helpful in managing chronic pain, and reducing stress.

In addition to its mental health benefits, mindfulness therapy has also been shown to have physical health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and improving cardiovascular health.

Mindfulness therapy is typically delivered in individual therapy sessions, but it can also be done in group therapy settings or through psychoeducational education groups, as part of a series of modules.

It is important for individuals to work with a qualified mental health professional who has experience in mindfulness therapy in order to ensure that it is used safely and effectively. Our expert Scottsdale counselors can provide you with the tools to master mindfulness. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I make an appointment?

You may do this in three ways.
You can book online anytime
Call us at 480-613-8530
Complete this contact form.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call us at 480-613-8530 to schedule a consultation or complete this contact form.

Do you accept any insurance?

Our practice is a fee-for-service practice which means we do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance provider with behavioral health coverage, they may offer out-of-network coverage. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a superbill (receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What should I expect when I come for my sessions?

Prior to your first session, you will fill out some general information. We will you a link to complete the form(s) prior to your first session.
During the initial appointment, we will review some of your histories and we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in counseling and the goals you are looking to achieve from counseling.
Together during the first few sessions we will put together a treatment plan with you.

How soon should I see results from the counseling sessions?

Most patients come in for weekly appointments. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning.

Initial sessions are 75 minutes ongoing sessions may be 45-75 minutes or longer depending on need.

Patients who work with us report improvements in a few sessions. More difficult issues may take longer. People come to therapy for different reasons but universally people don’t initiate counseling unless they are in some type of emotional pain. Our attitude is to try to make every session count.

What kind of patients do you see?

We welcome couples, children, adolescents, teens, and individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles.

We will be able to work with you using a variety of tools and techniques and specialize in a variety of issues and concerns.

Is what I say confidential?

All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place.