Mindfulness is a way of directing attention that is rooted in the Eastern meditation tradition. Recently, it has been used frequently in the Western world, especially in the field of psychology.
What is Mindfulness Group Therapy? How do Mindfulness Group Therapy works?
Conscious awareness can be defined as focusing one’s attention on events or stimuli that are currently happening, without judgment and acceptance. Conscious awareness allows us to be fully alive and awake in life. Conscious awareness allows our thoughts and emotions to arise without judging and reacting to them. It helps us alleviate our emotional and physical difficulties by removing the thoughts that have come to the center of our lives from the center. Conscious awareness, among many different therapeutic methods in the world of psychology, is currently the most frequently used therapy method in the world and the most emphasized in terms of research. It can be applied in individual sessions or as group therapies. Among these group therapies, the most common method is “Conscious Awareness-Based Stress Reduction Group Therapy”. It is an 8-week program and is mainly a group therapy program that has proven effective in reducing everyday stress, compulsive thoughts and emotions.
Conscious Awareness group therapies were initially based on stress reduction method and treatment of pain disorders. However, in later times, both individual and group programs have been developed not only for these areas but also for other psychological conditions. The newest of these is the mindfulness group therapy program developed for children and adolescent clients diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder and their families. As with other group therapies, this program is 8 weeks old. The aim of this program is to increase the attention skills of children and adolescent clients who suffer from attention deficit and hyperactivity, to reduce judgmental thoughts towards themselves, and to increase control of emotions and behaviors. Considering the difficulties experienced not only by children and adolescent clients, but also by families, it is mainly aimed to reduce the stress levels of parents and to increase the level of awareness in their attitudes towards their children.