Would you like to feel contentment, functioning at your highest level?
Looking for help to reduce unpleasant states such as ruminating, fears, obsessive thoughts, persistent negative feelings or judgments?
Often these are indicators of anxiety or depression. Both states respond exceptionally well to Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Developing awareness of your thoughts and emotions through paying attention helps free you from those states. More here about how to apply mindfulness to life situations.
I truly believe Mindfulness-based psychotherapy brings out the best of human possibilities. However, negative emotional states, distorted perceptions, or old attitudes and patterns of behavior can get in the way. But they don’t necessarily condemn you to an unsatisfactory life.
Are you stuck, hurting, frustrated…again?
You’re not locked in to how things are now, even if you feel like that, but with the skillful guidance I offer, can shift things more to your liking.
From a cognitive mindfulness perspective, we’ll focus a little less on your childhood, or history looking for what’s “wrong” about you, more on what’s going on in your life right now, how you’d like it to be different. Along the way you’ll be reminded about positive aspects of yourself. This approach leads to increased clarity and an untangled mind. In other words, YOU aren’t the problem, you’re great just the way you are…but maybe your attitude, perspective or behavior could be improved upon!
Being reflective helps the mind become quiet, focused, spacious and stable, reducing distracting and often distorting mind-chatter. As your mind becomes calmer, this allows insights and clarity to arise. In turn, self-awareness increases, resulting in being less emotionally reactive, or scattered. Both of those states can lead to indecisiveness. Ultimately, more accurate perception, judgment and decision-making emerge. The resulting shift will let you experience yourself as more confident, effective and productive.
Does this sound good to you?
Cutting edge research with brain imaging indicates, among other findings, that areas of the brain associated with intense or reactive emotions like fear or anxiety become inactive, or calm, during meditation, whereas centers responsible for compassionate and loving feelings become more active!
Anyone can benefit from mindfulness based therapy, a meditation practice isn’t essential though helpful.
“Dr. Levine does powerful work…From an HIV+ man afraid to disclose, to a woman beset by inexplicably unresponsive physical symptoms, I’ve watched in wonder as their health and life considerably improved during their work with Josie. As a busy M.D., I’ve found her to be an invaluable asset to my practice.”Mary Romeyn, M.D.