mindfulness & psychotherapy
"Mindful breathing helps you see your anger, your frustration, your suffering. When you breathe mindfully, you practice looking deeply into yourself."
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness is always a part of psychotherapy, and AEDP is a premier 'Mindfulness Psychotherapy': AEDP creates a peaceful place built of compassion, self-kindness, presence, and non-judgmental 'noticing'. Synergy arises in our curiousity and dyadic moment-to-moment tracking of your mind, body, therapy experience, and of the space between us.
When your stressed, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants self shows up in my office, we can take a few moments to slow down together. Maybe you will notice ambient sounds: the clock ticking, your breathing, or the din of the street outside the window. You may decide to take this practice home and meditate. Both positive sensations may arise, or discomfort--- such as anger or anxiety, sadness or jealousy, physical pain or fidgeting. Mindful listening is an anchor to use when your monkey-mind feels unruly or distressed.
Another anchor is yoga or slow bioenergetic grouding in psychotherapy. An introspective state arises through noticing our breathing and body sensations-- which naturally calms our mind.
As scary as allowing our difficult experience to just 'be' without attempting to change them, in some moments ease peaks out...Or maybe we'll discover moments of uncaused well-being amidst difficulties. What if all of these --difficulties, ease, well-being--can be welcomed? And if not welcomed, acknowledged? Or at the very least, (even briefly in the best of worst moments), kindly recognized?