Mindfulness Specialist

Connect Wellness

Mental Wellness located in Beverly Hills, CA

If you suffer from repeated bouts of depression and persistent feelings of anxiety or despair, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be your solution. Psychiatrist Rod Amiri, MD, and the team at Connect Wellness in Beverly Hills, California, incorporate mindfulness practices, including meditation, into their personalized treatment programs. To learn how mindfulness can help you achieve mental wellness, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Mindfulness Q & A

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the ongoing practice of bringing your attention to the experiences in the present moment. Inspired by Buddhist and Eastern philosophical traditions, mindfulness practices were introduced to the United States in 1979 by professor of medicine Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) grew from his work. 

Over the years, mindfulness has been thoroughly researched and widely used as an effective intervention for mental health disorders. Dr. Amiri and the team at Connect Wellness use MBCT along with other evidence-based approaches to treatment. 

What does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy involve?

MBCT is a form of cognitive therapy that utilizes mindfulness practices, such as meditation and breathing exercises. The team at Connect Wellness uses these tools to teach you how to break free from negative thought patterns that can lead to a downward spiral of depression. By practicing mindfulness, you can fend off a depressive episode before it takes hold of your life.

What does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy treat?

MBCT is a proven, effective treatment for people with major depressive disorder who have experienced at least three episodes of depression. If you have recurring bouts of depression and unhappiness, MBCT may help you prevent a relapse. 

The team at Connect Wellness may also use MBCT to treat other mental health disorders, such as:

  • Generalized anxiety disorders
  • Substance addiction
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

By learning to focus on the here and now, your mind learns to stop worrying about the future and ruminating on the past. 

How can mindfulness help me?

Mindfulness helps you tune in to your physical and emotional well-being, which can slow down negative thoughts and draw your focus away from past events or future concerns. Practicing mindfulness also helps you understand your own emotional needs through nonjudgmental attention and awareness. 

By cultivating a deeper understanding of your own emotional state, you learn to care for your needs more effectively. Mindfulness also creates a sense of safety in your own body, which reduces overwhelming feelings of stress and other powerful emotional states.

When you attend mindfulness groups at Connect Wellness, you learn meditation and other effective practices that have been used for thousands of years. You leave with valuable coping skills to help you heal from anxiety, stress, depression, and lingering effects of traumatic experiences. 

To discover how mindfulness can change your patterns of thinking, call Connect Wellness or book an appointment online today.