Mindfulness is a practice and a state of being. The practice involves a meditation that refocuses us on the present moment, often focusing on the breath. Mindfulness as a practice can be drawn upon at any moment to provide clarity, grounding, and relief from distressing thoughts and emotions. Like any skill, mindfulness demands practice so that it can be effective in any situation. The practice of mindfulness also includes components of healthy detachment, non-judgment, and observation of the external and internal worlds. Mindfulness originates from Buddhist teachings but has been adapted to therapeutic modalities and has become very mainstream recently. Mindfulness is receiving this attention because recent research has proven that it is effective for mental health and substance abuse disorders as well as a variety of medical conditions. For a sampling of the research on mindfulness please click here. (link)
Some of the proven benefits include reduction in anxiety, depression, cravings, and increased feelings of well-being. MRI research has shown that those who include a regular mindfulness practice in their routine see structural changes in the brain that correspond with improved concentration and executive functioning. We invite clients to join us in a daily mindfulness practice so that they can experience and unlock these powerful benefits for themselves.
What are DBT skills?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy was developed by Marsha Linehan and it is an evidence based and highly practical treatment approach that has been shown to be effective for diverse groups of people, including those suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders. The Dialectical Behavior Skills have four separate modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Linehan also developed a module that works specifically for Substance Use called DBT-S.
These four modules teach people how to better regulate their emotions and to reduce the negative behaviors that stem from their extreme emotions. Through skills training and coaching, clients are taught to trust their emotions and thoughts and implement new problem solving skills to create healthier behaviors.
DBT also emphasizes an accepting, non-judgmental, and validating approach. This validation process is balanced with change strategies people to attain their goals.
Staff at Gratitude Recovery receive DBT trainings throughout the year.