Mindfulness-based therapy is focused on increasing awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and actions as they come up in the present moment. It involves learning to slow down and observe yourself with curiosity, to build understanding of what’s going on and what you need in any given moment, so that you can then make a choice in how you’d like to respond, rather than automatically reacting or resorting to old familiar patterns that keep you stuck.
However, being self-aware and present with your experience is just the beginning. Oftentimes once you begin to observe your patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving you can start to judge or criticize yourself, particularly when dealing with difficulties and challenges. You might start to compare yourself to others, think your response is "bad" or "wrong", or try to push certain thoughts and feelings away, which only adds to your stress and discomfort.
I introduce self-compassion practices to help you move away from self-criticism and move toward more acceptance and understanding. Practicing self-compassion means being more kind to yourself, which includes being supportive, patient, forgiving, and offering yourself a caring response to your struggles.
It’s a valuable practice that can lead to: improved mood, reduced anxiety and stress, improved self-esteem, improved relationships, greater feelings of confidence, increased motivation, and greater resilience.
If you’re ready to take the next step and start living a life with less anxiety and more confidence, contact me today by clicking the button below. I’m happy to help and I look forward to talking with you.