All day long, our mind receives information. The mind’s job is to sort through all this, including the stresses and surprises that come from the outside, and all the emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations that arise from inside us. Mindfulness is a way of attending to all of this without being overwhelmed by it. It is defined as “the basic human capacity to pay attention on purpose, with intention, in the present moment, in a friendly and non-judging way.”
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Many people, including many therapists, use mindfulness for every-day relaxation and stress reduction. Research has also found that mindfulness can both treat and prevent depression, anxiety and related problems like overeating and insomnia. It also has benefits for physical conditions including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis (skin eruptions), high blood pressure and the immune system.
Mindfulness in Psychotherapy
Mindfulness is a key ingredient in many effective therapies. What makes these therapies unique is that they are designed to teach you a skill that you can take with you after completing the sessions. The therapist helps you practice and trouble-shoot the new skill, just as a coach would help you learn a new game. At the Mood Treatment Center, we offer mindfulness-training in both individual and group formats.
An 8-week Course on Mindfulness
We offer several courses in Mindfulness throughout the year; call (336) 722-7266 to reserve a place.
The courses take place once a week for 2 hours each; they include a free all-day Saturday session.
If you are not a current client of the Mood Treatment Center, please complete the New Patient Group form and bring a copy to us.
What Actually Happens in the Course
At each session, the instructor will present a new aspect of mindfulness to the group and help you problem-solve- ways to apply these methods in your daily life. The instructor will also lead the group through an active practice of mindfulness. This guided practice will be given to you as an audio CD for you to use between sessions. There will also be time for members to learn from each other’s experience. Sharing will be optional, not required, during the course.
Costs and Insurance Coverage
Most insurance plans will cover this treatment; we can file with your insurance and reimburse you for the covered portion (copays, deductibles and annual visit-caps will still apply). We also offer financial assistance if you have financial difficulties do not have insurance coverage (we will need your most recent tax forms to determine eligibility).
‑-Updated 1/15/13 by Chris Aiken, M.D.
Woman Holding a Balance, Johannes Vermeer, National Gallery of Art
Training in Mindfulness
The Mood Treatment Center offers individual and group training in mindfulness; see at right for details.
Books on Mindfulness
Teasdale, JD. Metacognitive awareness and prevention of relapse in depression: Empirical evidence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2002 Apr; 70: 275-87.
Carlson, LE. Mindfulness-based stress reduction in… breast and prostate cancer outpatients. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2004 May;29(4):448-74.
Astin, JA. The efficacy of mindfulness meditation plus Qigong movement therapy in the treatment of fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Rheumatology. 2003 Oct;30(10):2257-62.
Davidson, RJ. Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2003 Jul-Aug;65(4):564-70.
Kabat-Zinn, J. Effectiveness of a meditation-based
stress reduction program in the treatment of anxiety disorders.