by Pat Vroom, PhD
Packet Online, April 2008
Judging from the number of articles in the popular press and the funding of new research, an increasingly high value is being put on psychotherapy that incorporates mindfulness. Mindfulness is short for mindfulness meditation, which focuses on self-empowerment through increasing awareness of being in the present moment. Since Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD first introduced us to the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, we have seen an expansion of mindfulness-based programs to include anxiety, depression, addiction, eating, behavior, pain, high blood pressure, etc. One of the newest and most heavily researched of these programs is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression.