Topic: Mindfulness Therapy
I am currently doing my internship for my masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get it in the location I wanted, which was a hospital or cancer center. I am doing my internship at a Chemical Dependency agency. The good part of this is that I am working with a therapist who does DBT therapy (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). This involves a lot of mindfulness training. Mindfulness is being aware of the moment, the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing without judgment. Sort of a way of teaching people to stop and smell the roses...let go of regrets of the past and quell anxiety for the future.
While this is being done by me at a Chemical Dependency clinic, it really does apply to those suffering anxiety or depression after a devastating diagnosis such as cancer, both for the patient and caretakers.
Here is a link to a short article that talks about how mindfulness can be used in this way.
There is a lot of information out there about DBT and mindfulness and I highly recommend anyone considering therapy to get through the challenges that life has presented, to look for a DBT therapist.
My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based only on my personal experience as a cancer survivor. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.