Mindfulness and DBT
Mindfulness is the foundation that underlies all aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Derived from Buddhist practices, it helps individuals observe themselves – internally and externally – in a non-judgmental manner. Developing greater awareness of oneself gives a person the ability to focus on facts and reality and not be distracted by the emotional turmoil judgments such as fair” and “unfair,” “right” and “wrong,” “should” and “should not” can create.
Mindfulness practice is the repetitive act of directing one’s attention to only one thing, this one present moment – not the past or future – but this one moment. Cultivating mindfulness helps develop a lifestyle of participating with attention and awareness. Research studies indicate the following benefits of mindfulness: reduction of a variety of physical and chronic pain, reduction of anxiety and depression, increased self awareness and self acceptance, improved concentration and productivity; all which results in having a more relaxed and fulfilling life.
A goal of DBT and Mindfulness is learning to be in control of your own mind, instead of letting your mind be in control of you.
Mindfulness is a skill that must be learned. DBT Skills Group offers a safe and structured environment where skills are learned, homework is given and participants can practice the skills. Then, instead of avoiding life’s problems the individual can effectively and serenely engage in day-to-day situations that would otherwise lead to anger, frustration and other emotions that get in the way of a life well lived.