My work is based upon a contemporary psychoanalytic framework. Into that foundation, an integration of Buddhist-inspired mindfulness has proven to be effective for my clients’ improvements. It is clear to me that my personal regular meditative practice has enhanced my ability to listen empathically and attentively.
During a treatment session, guided by mindful perspectives, I may draw attention to non-verbal sensations or the onset of an emotional spiral into panic, self-attack, or maladaptive narrative. If appropriate, I will suggest using mindfulness practices, such as meditation, outside of therapy. Often I will offer some guidance in terms of technique and identify resources for instruction and practice in the community.
I do not suggest that mindfulness can take the place of in-depth psychodynamic therapy or analysis. The tools are meant to augment rather than replace the strengths of the psychodynamic process. My basic concern remains: how can I best help people lead more satisfying lives.