“When you flip the switch in the attic, it doesn’t matter whether its been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before. It’s never too late to take a moment to look.” - Sharon Salzburg
I utilize mindfulness practices and philosophies to enhance therapeutic interventions when addressing any number of mental health and relational struggles. I believe them to help clients access their own resources of strength and wisdom as well as cultivate self-esteem. I employ these teachings to better help people forge enriching and authentic connections to others and themselves, and as a means to encourage clients to show up for themselves with presence and compassion.
Mindfulness based approaches have been used to treat various psychic and emotional distresses since the late 1970‘s. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a molecular biologist studying at MIT, experienced the benefits of meditation and thus launched his research into the practice and introduced it into the western science sphere. Since then, mindfulness quickly picked up a great deal of recognition and usefulness in todays mental health field. Mindfulness based therapy and meditation are designed to help one experience the vast benefits of steering the attention to the present moment with a non-judgmental and accepting standpoint. Mindfulness has eastern leanings but its application is becoming increasingly widespread not only with helping professionals but within many other institutional sectors including businesses, schools, and the military.