Mindfulness as a Therapy Method

Catak P. D. , Oegel K.

NOROPSIKIYATRI ARSIVI-ARCHIVES OF NEUROPSYCHIATRY, cilt.47, ss.69-73, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 47 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.69-73


Mindfulness refers to paying attention to present moment experiences with a non-judgmental attitude and acceptance. This particular way of paying attention to the unfolding of present moment has become recognized as an effective psychotherapeutic tool. During the past 25 years, mindfulness-based interventions have been successfully integrated into cognitive, behavioural and humanistic psychotherapy approaches. Today, mindfulness-based psychotherapy interventions are used across many psychological problems including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictive disorders, stress related to chronic medical illnesses and borderline personality disorder. Although, mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention has many implications in the field of psychotherapy, the concept is less known for clinicians practicing in our country. Therefore, the purpose of present review is to give a brief presentation of mindfulness and mindfulness-based therapies. In the first section of the paper, literature regarding mindfulness as psychological construct is reviewed and different aspects of mindfulness are presented. Later, a brief overview of mindfulness and acceptance-based psychotherapy approaches are given. Finally, we conclude that research studies on mindfulness are reaching an explanatory stage and mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention may offer new perspectives to clinicians in the field. (Archives of Neuropsychiatry 2010; 47: 69-73)