As a psychotherapist in Toronto, Cristina uses a variety of tools and treatments to help people with mental and emotional challenges and obstacles in their lives. These treatments are selected on the basis of a person’s individual needs and situation and give Cristina the flexibility to manage one or more aspects of a person’s case.
A duo of psychotherapeutic treatments together creates one such option: mindfulness meditation and MBCT. Read more about how Cristina leverages mindfulness meditation and MBCT to give you control over your own life – and overcome.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Rooted in centuries of practice, mindfulness meditation is a way to focus on the here and now – a way you can achieve greater peace, calm, and balance. Mindfulness meditation centers your attention on the present as a way to cope with difficult emotions and stress. By focusing on the present, you are no longer dwelling on thoughts from the past or worries about the future that can spark negativity.
Your psychotherapist in Toronto uses mindfulness meditation as part of a systematic plan of action to give you tools to handle your mind and body in a healthier way. As a result, you can find relief from a variety of conditions that have been shown to be positively impacted by mindfulness meditation including:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Sleep disturbances (such as insomnia)
- Chronic pain and fatigue
- Anger control issues
- Impulse control issues
Does mindfulness meditation really work?
For many patients, meditation is a productive and essential component of their treatment. Cristina, your psychotherapist in Toronto, can explain more about the specific benefits mindfulness meditation could provide for you as a treatment option during your consultation. The best way to evaluate mindfulness meditation for your situation is by scheduling an appointment today with a psychiatrist in Toronto.
Who can benefit?
Virtually anyone can benefit. Cristina helps clients from all walks of life find inner peace amidst stress and turmoil. From young people to elderly people, and individuals to couples, the benefits of meditation incorporated into an overall treatment plan can be very beneficial to those seeking help.
What is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)?
Under the mindfulness umbrella is a treatment called mindfulness based cognitive therapy, or MBCT.
Just as mindfulness meditation seeks to help you focus on the present and find calm, MBCT helps you actively change your patterns of thinking by creating more positive thought processes and emotional responses. These positive patterns are based on the clarity and sense of presence that mindfulness can provide.
Without change, your negative thoughts can spiral out of control and create self-defeating patterns that influence – and ultimately cause – harmful behaviours.
With MBCT, you can actively create a better way of thinking that can help you combat depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental health conditions – and overcome.