I understand that you want to feel better and live with more ease, and I believe that this is possible for you. By using mindfulness and other strategies, both our sessions together and also your practice outside of sessions will help you to become more aware of the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. With greater awareness in each moment of your day, you will also have the opportunity to increase your focus and attention, make healthier choices, and handle life’s stressors with greater acceptance.
I have used mindfulness to successfully help clients build healthier relationships, embrace solitude, cope with the impact of past or recent trauma, bring more compassion and patience to parenting, navigate infertility, pregnancy, and postpartum with greater support, increase self-acceptance and self-love, and decrease depression and anxiety. In addition, I have used mindfulness, art, and play to help children and teens cope with anxiety/stress, depression, trauma, divorce/separation, difficult peer relationships, learning disorders, and developmental delays. When working with children and teens, I believe it is also important to help parents improve family communication and emotional connections, set healthy limits and boundaries, and prioritize their own self-care and support networks.
I believe in mindfulness strategies not only because of the research showing their effectiveness and the benefits that I have seen my clients enjoy, but also because mindfulness has powerfully impacted my own ability to manage stress and follow my heart.
In simple terms, mindfulness is present moment awareness. Practicing mindfulness involves paying attention to internal events (thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations) in a particular way. Some concepts involved in mindfulness are accepting things as they are, observing our experience without judgment, patience with yourself and others, freedom from expectations, trusting yourself and your internal wisdom, and non-attachment to expectations. Successfully incorporating mindfulness strategies into your life requires a commitment to consistent practice. The intention is not to reach ultimate mindfulness or achieve eternal peacefulness; rather, being mindful is a moment-to-moment opportunity to cultivate compassionate self-awareness. Practicing mindfulness can offer greater tolerance of strong feelings, compassion for self and others, and resilience to cope with difficult experiences.
If you’d like to read more about mindfulness, I recommend the following books:
Full Catastrophe Living, Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Wherever You Go, There You Are, Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mindful Way Through Depression, Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Peace is Every Step, The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Everyday Blessings, The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn
Free New Mom Support Group
4th Thursday of every month
Baby Garten Studio, South Park
1947 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92102 (on the corner of Grape St.)
Please check the Baby Garten Studio website for the most updated schedule.
Come join other new moms and babies in a relaxing environment where you are welcome to share both the joys and the challenges of parenthood. This is an open group and there is no cost, so you are welcome to come whenever you like and however often it feels good to you. We will discuss common concerns such as sleep, self-care, nursing/feeding, childbirth recovery, partner and family relationships, and anything else that arises. This support group is co-facilitated with Rosemary Mason, Postpartum Doula and Lactation Consultant.