Stress Counseling

Christiane Roy, Psychologist

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Stress Counseling Light

What is Mindfulness?

Studies in both medicine and neuroscience are showing that mindfulness is an essential life skill that can have profound effects on both physical and mental health. Mindfulness is an innate capacity that is developed with regular practice. It is concerned with embodied awareness, cultivation of clarity, emotional balance and compassion; these can all be refined and developed through the intentional cultivation of attention.

Mindfulness Meditation in Mainstream Healthcare*

Benefits*

In adults, Mindfulness training has been shown to positively influence regions of the brain having to do with emotion regulation, impulse control, decision making, learning and memory. Under intense stress these capacities are impeded.

With regular practice of Mindfulness meditation, studies have shown that participants experience a higher resistance to anxiety and depression as practitioners learn to experience negative thoughts as observable mental content rather than ‘self’. They develop a greater capacity to learn and concentrate even in states of deep sleep, as well as sharper acuity and more developed cognitive functioning.

*Jon Kabat-Zinn. 1994. Wherever You Go There You Are.