Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a proven therapy with ‘mindfulness’ at its core. Another factor in the MiCBT therapy is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). CBT covers many areas and methods of dealing with psychological issues and conditions that cause anxiety and build up the stressors in a person’s life. Together, mindfulness and CBT cover a wide area of health issues, informing people who deal with constant or chronic anxiety of ways to cope with their stress.
All mindfulness requires is your attention. It is similar to meditation, but it doesn’t focus on finding a place of relaxing peace or nirvana. Mindfulness is simply paying attention to the environment around you, what your body is doing at this moment. This is not the ceaseless ‘checking’ a person with OCD might be caught up in. This is a constant awareness of where you are at, what you are doing, and how you are reacting to what’s going on around, on, and in you.
Mindfulness is objective, non-judgmental. Since it causes you to be objective, mindfulness encourages you to see who you really are and what you are doing.
And enjoying the little things is important. If you fail to enjoy, experience, the small things in life, then you are prone to being dissatisfied with your experiences.
How does CBT fit in?
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a structured therapy that takes advantage of some coping mechanisms and seeks to find the core of psychological issues. CBT adds science to the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders. CBT can help you deal with social skills, assertive behavior, proper and healthy self-assessment that doesn’t lead to chronic overthinking of small issues.
Mindfulness + CBT = MiCBT
Since the Mindfulness approach to mental health is in itself organic (meaning it concentrates on what is already going on in body and mind and just monitors it objectively, without judging whether the actions, thoughts or reactions are good or bad), it does not benefit so much from organized, scientifically based knowledge, or approaches to mental health.
One proven psychological tool, as mentioned earlier, is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT adds proven science to the equation that Mindfulness, in itself, lacks. But together, Mindfulness and CBT mesh together to create a solid net of persistent cohesiveness, or perhaps more simply, a tent, to pull a mental health treatment plan together and cover all areas required for a person suffering anxiety to heal.
Your health is important, whether it’s physical health or mental health, or a combination of the two. Our MiCBT treatment usually can be integrated in a half-dozen to a dozen meetings. The program is as effective as you are willing. The more time you can put into your journey to mindfulness and health, the more our staff will be free to help you enjoy life and be there for the people and things you truly care for.