We all have habits, from seemingly harmless to life threatening. But how do they work? And what makes them so resistant to change? This workshop presents a simple model of four categories of experience—the benefits and costs of maintaining v. relinquishing a habit. This brief approach emphasizes mindfulness practice and works well with other psychotherapeutic methods.
Clinicians are enthusiastically discovering that mindfulness practices can enlighten and enliven their lives, both inside and outside the therapy hour. These techniques hold great promise for personal development and as a powerful method to enhance virtually all forms of psychotherapy. But what does mindfulness-informed therapy actually look like? This demonstration, using volunteers from the audience, will illustrate how mindfulness practices and insights derived from them can inform treatment.
Daniel Siegel (2009) Mindsight and Integration in the Cultivation of Well-Being demonstrates interpersonal neurobiology therapy with a volunteer studying to be a therapist. She has experienced fear in one clinical setting and has also been “the glue,” holding together her family since she was young. Siegel uses the triangle of relationship/ mind/brain to help the volunteer experience her fear of responsibility by allowing images and body sensations to flow to “soften the mind.”
Mindfulness has been well researched as an efficacious addition to psychotherapy. Adding a mindful perspective for your client teaches helpful tools which promotes the therapeutic process and enhances your interventions on many levels. This clinical demonstration shows how to work with client suffering to bring about a feeling of presence and wellbeing. The client's problem is viewed through a different lens of the present moment, without judgment, and through acceptance. Transformation is possible here and now as the audience and the client step together with us on the mindful path.