Combining CBT and Mindfulness Approaches

Many people can benefit from an integration of CBT and mindfulness approaches. Some may gravitate towards one of these approaches – whilst others can learn and apply skills from both. For example, it is not uncommon for people to find that their ability to change or challenge thought processes (as in CBT) varies from thought to thought. Some thoughts are able to be challenged and restructured – whilst other thoughts can prove more difficult to change. The more challenging thoughts may be more effectively managed with a mindfulness letting go approach. As such, by combining the approaches, one can be better equipped to be effective in identifying and responding to the thought processes of their mind, and thus are more able to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. A visual representation of combining CBT and mindfulness approaches is shown to the right.

Dr Coleiro draws from a number of a therapeutic approaches which combine CBT and mindfulness including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. For more information please contact Dr Chris Coleiro.

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