Counseling Center

Mindfulness FAQ

Q: How is Mindfulness Different from other interventions?

Difference from psychotherapy. Therapy can be a useful adjunct to Mindfulness training.  One difference is that therapy is a two person activity, focusing on dialogue with the counselor, whereas mindfulness provides a framework for a person to engage in self exploration.  Although mindfulness is ultimately a personal practice, having a teacher that can guide one in developing skill with the approach is can be of critical importance.  Many of our workshops focus on learning skills and do not require spoken self-disclosure, though class participation is welcomed. Mindfulness provides training for objectively noticing ones' own thoughts and emotions and learning how to work with those thoughts and emotions. 

Q:  Different from Hypnosis?  

Hypnosis usually involves a client willingly entering a unique psychological state of heightened suggestibility. Once this state is induced, the therapist can more easily collaborate with the client in evoking specific changes in behavior.  Mindfulness, on the other hand, is a self-directed technique, cultivating an awareness that is receptive to various states of mind, thus maintaining sense of balance amidst the full range of our inner experience.

Q:   Difference from guided relaxation?

While Mindfulness can include some aspects of guided relaxation, it also includes other adaptive skills.  Some of these include: deepening insight into habits of thought & action, distress tolerance, releasing unhelpful attachment and aversion, present-moment awareness, skillful action, and healing emotional perspectives.

Q: What does the research show about Mindfulness?

Research studies have demonstrated that ongoing Mindfulness practice can enrich our lives and relieve many forms of emotional and physical distress. Details of specific research findings are available on our 'Research' page.

Q: What programs do you offer? 

We offer 10-week Mindfulness course that has been proven to helpful in enhancing one's quality of life, reducing emotional distress, and physical pain.  In addition, we offer individual training in mindfulness.  This can be attained by contacting the counseling center 4-2512.

Q: How are your programs different from traditional meditation programs? 

A few of the factors which make us unique include.....

  1. The techniques in our programs are based on sound scientific research, including studies conducted by leading universities. 

  2. We focus on integrating the different dimensions of mind-body experience, and help people understand how the mind & body interact under stress and in personal relationships.

  3. Unlike many meditation programs, the techniques we teach are secular and accessible to everyone.

  4. We provide consultants trained in clinical psychology and therapy, and meditation. Our programs provide an ideal combination of perspectives to meet the needs of our students.

  5. We can develop programs for the unique requirements of your organization and can provide services on-site at your campus location.

Q: How often do you hold your workshops? 

We conduct 10 week workshops both at the onset of the Fall and the Spring. We ask that all participants make a commitment to the entire 10 weeks in order to achieve the indicated results. Our classes have a limited number of seats and tend to fill quickly, so we encourage you to call us at your earliest convenience.





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