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Integrating Mindfulness with CBT: Enhancing Wellbeing and Emotional Balance

Mindfulness practices are proven means of reducing the negative impact of emotional distress, cognitive distortions, negative thought cycles, and behavioral issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a versatile and beneficial form of talk therapy that allows people to understand the ways that thought, feeling, and action interact and impact each other. It teaches skills that help people cope in difficult situations, change unhelpful behaviors, and improve their overall mood and outlook. While it may not be obvious, mindfulness practices coupled with CBT can be extremely beneficial. Many therapists recognized the benefits of this combination, and over the years, a unique from of CBT known as mindfulness-integrated CBT (MiCBT) developed. In this blog, we’ll discuss the benefits of CBT, mindfulness practices, and MiCBT.

The Benefits of CBT

CBT is a form of therapy that works by increasing the individual’s self-awareness about how their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors impact each other. When we confront negative thinking, take steps to improve mood, or change harmful behaviors, these individually adjustments often ripple out and improve the other areas. Some of the many benefits people who receive CBT experience include:

  • Improved mood
  • Developed coping skills for difficult situations
  • Resolved conflict
  • Improved communication
  • Achieved and maintained healthy relationships
  • Overcame the effects of emotional trauma
  • Navigated life transitions more easily

The Benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a set of techniques or practices used to center the self in the present moment. Many challenges that impact emotional and cognitive health and lead to negative behaviors begin with an inability to stay focused on the present. Instead, individuals become overwhelmed by their emotions and potential future concerns. Mindfulness refocuses energy and thinking on what is going on right now right where you are. Yoga, meditation, body scans, and box breathing are all mindfulness practices. Some of the benefits of mindfulness practices include:

  • Understand and identify emotions.
  • Challenge negative thinking patterns.
  • Change problematic behaviors.
  • Process, resolve, and cope with confronting emotions.
  • Increase sense of calm and stability.
  • Improve attentiveness and increase concentration.
  • Develop healthy relationships.
  • Diminish negative thinking.

The Benefits of Integrating Mindfulness with CBT

The benefits of CBT and mindfulness practices may be clear, but does it really help to combine them? For many, the benefits of CBT are apparent during their therapy sessions, but it can take a lot of time for them to apply these benefits to their daily lives. Learning mindfulness practices can help people achieve a greater level of stability and calm that allows them to effectively apply the coping skills they learn during CBT sessions. Some of the many benefits of MiCBT include:

  • Evaluate negative thinking patterns and break harmful thought cycles.
  • Improve mood and increase emotional stability.
  • Increase ability to let go of negative and harmful beliefs.
  • Interrupt automatic responses to distress like falling back to disordered moods.
  • Develop more meaningful, stable, and fulfilling relationships.

Getting Started

If you’re looking to develop mindfulness practices, explore CBT, or work with a therapist who utilizes MiCBT, The Center for CBT in New York City has you covered. Whenever you’re ready to get started, we’re here for you. Simply pick up the phone and give as a call at (917) 596-8955 or complete our online scheduling form. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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What Should I Do Next?

When you’re ready to begin therapy, we hope you’ll consider contacting The Center for CBT in New York City. We offer a safe space where you are free to be who you really are and express yourself and your values authentically. We embrace, value, and welcome people of all sexual orientations, genders, and racial identities. The Center for CBT in New York City makes beginning your therapy journey simple. You can get started any time by completing our online consultation request form. One of our team members will be in touch within 24 business hours to answer your questions.

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