Dr Steven Mahan, a Chelsea-based clinical psychologist, describes how mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, and how this forms an important part of acceptance and commitment therapy. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy
So, a large component of acceptance and commitment therapy is mindfulness. And mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment. So, often when we’re anxious or depressed, our minds tend to take us to all these different and dark places. So the way mindfulness can be used in acceptance and commitment therapy is to help us just to stay in the present moment, and that might be focusing on our breath. It might be focusing on different things that we can see and hear in the room just as a way of grounding ourselves, a way of being in the present moment to try and prevent that vicious cycle of thoughts taking us to dark places.