Mindfulness is a practice with its roots in Buddhism which involves focusing on one thing in the moment. Mindfulness meditation practice has been shown to be an effective way to decrease symptoms of many mental health problems, including various types of anxiety. By focusing on things as they are right now, usually starting with the breath, you may find regrets about the past and worries about the future fading from prominence. With some time, mindfulness can be much more than a tool for treatment–it can become a new way to approach your life.
For a sample of guided mindfulness meditations, try this page from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.
For more about about mindfulness, try the mindfulness section of the Anxiety Bookstore, which includes great titles by Jon Kabat-Zinn, including the brief, very readable mindfulness primer, Wherever You Go, There You Are.
To discuss using mindfulness in psychotherapy and arrange a first appointment, call (323) 739-4322.