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Clients learn about and practice “mindfulness”, which is loosely defined as “paying attention on purpose, moment-by-moment and non-judgmentally”. Using various mindfulness meditation techniques, guided visualization exercises and psycho-education, clients learn to identify a “triangle of awareness” which includes their thoughts, emotions and body sensations. This can enhance the ability to self-regulate feelings, increase frustration tolerance, and manage anxiety by learning how to be with one’s actual lived experience. Clients learn to identify repetitive and habitual thought patterns (such as comparing, judging, negative self-criticism, anxious anticipation of the future or regretful rumination on the past) in order to gain greater agency over where their minds go. In addition, many find “relief” from overactive and often cruel thoughts with calming techniques and specific meditations that foster compassion and acceptance.

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