Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness is a meditation method that is used to enhance awareness and focus on the present situation. That enhanced awareness and focus can help people better tolerate uncomfortable feelings. One of the goals of successful therapy is achieving better tolerance for such feelings, aka “affect tolerance.” One can practice mindfulness by being aware of every movement when doing a simple, non-threatening task, like walking or cooking a meal.

I also teach two other kinds of meditation, these are calm abiding and insight meditation. Calm abiding employs simple techniques such as visually focusing on a neutral object while watching one’s breath. This method builds the ability to focus, to steer your mind rather than yielding to the distraction of each passing thought or sensation. The method is purposely simple to build that concentration. It is one of the traditional sitting meditations, also known as samatha.

Vipassana meditation is also known as insight meditation. In calm abiding meditation one has a question in mind and remains in the concentrated state. Insights can emerge just as they do in a dream or in the incubation phase of creativity.

I have been meditating since 1975 and have studied with many teachers. I meditate daily, which helps to center me for my therapy practice and enhances creativity. I may incorporate meditation as an optional practice you can use to grow in therapy. My approach to meditation is non-religious. It is simply a way of strengthening the mind.

To schedule a first appointment please select this link. Although experienced with emergencies, that is not my practice focus. As an outpatient therapist I work with people who can reliably cope, are not at risk or in crisis, do not have thoughts of self-harm, and are seeking to grow.