AART recognizes that some patients need or want additional support while undergoing their therapy. We can arrange access to specialists who have experience and training specific to the needs of our patients. Fees for these consultations are not included in the cost of your therapy. Individuals or couples that have employee assistance programs at their work (EAP) may need to be referred to a psychologist for their therapy. Check with your insurance company to see if they cover this service.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
What is it and how can it help me?
MBSR is a program that was created by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn through the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre. It is designed to help people develop skills to notice and change “automatic pilot” patterns that can cause or add to the stress in our lives.
Mindfulness allows us to pay attention to our moment to moment experience. This can help us see our lives from a wider perspective and make informed responses rather than our usual reactions that can add to the stressors in our lives. The classes help people build mindfulness through a variety of straight forward guided meditations. There is also gentle stretching component that can be adjusted to all physical abilities.
MBSR has been the subject of a great deal of research in the fields of medicine, mental health and neuroscience. It has been shown to reduce stress and blood pressure, in some cases improve immune responses and promote and overall sense of well-being.
MBSR is offered in a group setting over 8 weeks. Each weekly session is approximately 2 1/2 hours long. There is a full day of mindfulness offered during the 8 week course.
Class sizes are currently limited to 10 participants. Classes are appropriate for individuals 18 and over. Cost of the full course is $350 per participant.
A free MBSR information session for this and subsequent sessions will be held on February 26 at 6:30 at Fenwick Psychological and Health Services, Suite 314, 5595 Fenwick Street.
The next session will begin on March 5, 2018 . Class will be held from 6:00-8:30 pm at in the same location noted above.