“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally” –Jon Kabat-Zinn
Paying attention to what is happening in the PRESENT MOMENT allows us to take the focus away of what is happening in OUR MINDS (e.g. stress, worry etc.)
Being MENTALLY PRESENT also helps people ENJOY and PARTICIPATE in their LIVES more.
Dr. O'Keefe incorporates mindfulness strategies in therapy (when appropriate). Mindfulness strategies can be done via traditional therapy in the office, as well as, during online therapy. Mindfulness include utilizing breathing exercises, as well as, other strategies to help someone stay in the present moment.
Dr. O'Keefe's first professional experience with mindfulness was utilizing this strategy to help parents of children with autism in 2010. The parents were participating in an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy support group. Mindfulness was used to help parents stay calm and in control during instances where their children were exhibiting challenging behavior, or they felt judged/ misunderstood by other people. The participants reported that mindfulness helped them be more aware of their responses during stressful moments, and increased their ability to cope effectively in these situations.
Here are a few resources on mindfulness:
Books on Mindfulness for Students: