1.the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Feel At Ease/Create Balance/Be Present/Take Time For You/Accept Life As It Is
Although I am not a therapist trained specifically in mindfulness, I believe strongly in many of the
concepts and techniques used in the mindfulness philosophy. These concepts are and can be are
integrated in therapy. Mindfulness has it’s roots in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as it relates to
working in counseling. Mindfulness techniques can be found throughout the internet giving you
suggestions about simple things you may be able to do during your day to help bring yourself to a
Some people find commitment or involvement in structured meditation or groups to be helpful or
become involved in yoga as a weekly or even daily activity. These activities have been proven quite
successful. Mindfulness meditation, for example involves the process of developing the skill of bringing
one’s attention to whatever is happening in the present moment. When engaged in this practice, the
mind will often run off to other thoughts and associations, and if this happens, one passively notices
that the mind has wandered, and in an accepting, non-judgmental way, returns to focusing on their
Mindfulness, like CBT works on the theory that when individuals have feelings of depression or stress they return to their usual though process and feel overwhelmed. The goal is to interrupt the thought before it becomes overwhelming and instead work to accept and observe the thought without judgment. Using such new techniques helps to notice early on what is going on for you and alter the reaction.
I believe a big part of mindfulness is individually finding ways to escape from the things that are stressful and find something that helps us feel good for short periods during the day or week. Part of the goal is to utilize our time in the office to work on the difficult issues that face us and leave some of that behind for the next time. That includes focused mindfulness activities like meditation and yoga, but can be art, music, exercise or in my case photography.
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
Meet Madina Alam – LMHC, Certified Yoga Instructor and Mindfulness Based Therapist
Madina Alam is a respected colleague who specializes in mindfulness-based techniques. She strives to take a holistic approach to treatment. Her experience in the field has taught her that we often times create unnecessary suffering by worrying of the future or staying stuck in the past.
Madina focuses on the notion that often individuals allow their past experiences and future worries drive their interpretation or assumption of situations. This can often lead to unnecessary problems and suffering. Madina works on tools and methods to alter thinking in order to alter unwanted feelings leading to unwanted behaviors.
Her expertise in mindfulness as well as yoga based techniques can easily resonate with certain individuals either in a stand-alone therapeutic relationship or in conjunction with individual or couples therapy with David.
“Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself.”