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.”


Click here for a guided audio of  mindfulness practice guide (to listen, left-click the link; to download, right click it and select “Save Target As”).


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 in the next course. 


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. 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 3/18/17 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

Where Ever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn (also available as audio CD, DVD and VHS guides).

Free MP3 download: mindfulness guide (to listen, left-click the link; to download, right click it and select “Save Target As”) by Dr. Jason Luoma.

A popular app is Headspace.


Scientific References

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.
American Journal of Psychiatry. 1992 Jul;149(7):936-43.