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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a CLOSED group and is accessible through all ASYR programs.
For a definition of open and closed groups, see the Groups Page.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a psycho-educational group. Eight, 2-hour weekly sessions provide participants with the necessary building blocks to learn the skills needed to utilize mindfulness for coping with cravings, relapse prevention, stress, and mood changes.

In addition to the sessions, clients are asked to commit a minimum of 45 minutes per day, 6 days out of the week, to practicing the mindfulness-skills taught each week. This is in order to fully benefit from the program.

Mindfulness is moment-to-moment awareness that is non-judgmental. It develops by cultivating presence in each moment. When we’re mindful, we’re aware of what we’re experiencing, moment to moment, without judgment or expectation. We observe our experience just as it is, in the present.

The goal is to provide a supportive, non-judgmental environment where group members can:

  • Mobilize their inner capacity for coping and healing.
  • Develop enhanced awareness (with increased awareness, we have more options to change how we relate to ourselves and the world around us.)
  • Increase focus, reduce obsessive thinking, and achieve relief from stress-related symptoms.
  • Developing mindfulness offers the opportunity to experience deeper levels of concentration and a greater sense of well-being.

The program teaches effective skills to reduce stress, manage urges and cravings, and cultivate compassion and acceptance.

  • Develops a curious, non-judgmental, acceptance of whatever one is experiencing moment-to-moment
  • Being with the moment frees us from rigid attitudes, cognitions, behaviors, and lowers reactivity
  • Cultivates letting go of desired outcome to more easily tolerate pain without the need to avoid or fix it

Benefits of mindfulness training include:

  • Learning to deal with urges and triggers
  • Reduction of obsessive/compulsive thoughts
  • Greater acceptance of self and the challenges of everyday life
  • Increased focus, awareness and attention
  • Increased sense of well-being and ease
  • Relief from stress-related physical symptoms
  • Attunement with the mind and body
  • Heightened self-awareness

If you are interested in attending this group please discuss with your counselor for a referral .