The Austin Mindfulness Center, since its inception in 2011, has been committed to offering mindfulness-based therapy and education. Our services are designed to help you gain clarity in your life, empower you with knowledge and skills, and support you in living a fulfilling life.
We offer individual, couples, and child and teen therapy, aiming to help you develop a positive self-view, form connected relationships, and achieve personal goals. The center accepts various types of insurance to make our services accessible. If you don't have insurance or you're looking for affordable therapy, we have several options available to you.
Our north office has been in the Arboretum area since 2011. We opened a second location in south Austin near the intersection of Mopac & Southwest Pkwy in January, 2023. Read the announcement in Community Impact.
Our services are designed to help you gain clarity in your life, empower you with knowledge and skills, and support you in living a fulfilling life.
Facing life's difficulties is a natural part of human experience. The real challenge isn't the difficulties themselves, but how we respond to them. Trying to escape these challenges can sometimes make them more daunting, leading to temporary fixes that don't offer long-term solutions.
We believe the key to managing life's challenges lies in mindfulness. By mindfully engaging with our experiences, including our emotions, we can find natural resolution and manageability. This approach provides both immediate relief and lasting benefits, offering a healthier way to navigate life's ups and downs.
Here are a few of the reasons that mindfulness works so well for mental health and healing:
Increased Awareness: Mindfulness helps in developing a heightened awareness of one's thoughts and feelings. This awareness enables individuals to recognize and understand their mental patterns, leading to better emotional regulation.
Stress Reduction: Regular mindfulness practice has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. By focusing on the present moment, mindfulness helps in alleviating the worry often associated with past or future events. Improved
Emotional Regulation: Mindfulness aids in managing emotions more effectively. It encourages acceptance of feelings without judgment, which can lead to more balanced and stable emotional responses.
This is wonderful news for all of us!
However, it can be challenging to change how you process your thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. After all, we are used to responding in mostly automatic and instinctual ways.
That is where we come in! Let the therapists at Austin Mindfulness Center come alongside you. We will help you to understand how you are stuck, struggling, or suffering. We will teach you basic mindfulness skills that can help release you from whatever is holding you back. And, finally, we will walk with you as you learn to integrate the skills into your daily life.
We are glad you found us and we want you to know that seeking therapy is the crucial first step in alleviating your pain.
Please reach out and schedule an appointment today.
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What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment without judgment and with an open and curious intention. It is a way of cultivating a part of your brain that can observe without reactivity or the need to avoid or escape what is there in the present moment.
We have been conditioned to operate in the doing mode of mind, where our minds tend to feel more useful. It's familiar and allows our minds to run on autopilot for a lot of our lives. This leads to a number of problems. If you are on autopilot, you are probably functioning "okay" on the outside in order to get things done, but you are not present for it. Instead you may be in the past or in the future. This isn't always "bad." But when the past is filled with regret or pain and the future is filled with fear or anxiety, we tend to experience these things as if they were happening now. But they aren't. And this leads to suffering.
On the other hand, the "being" mode of mind simply observes, but also disengages the brain activity that elicit emotional reactivity, worry, panic, hopelessness, depression, and many other negative patterns of your mental life. By engaging the being mode of mind, you create psychological flexibility and thus, more options, and more freedom.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Regular mindfulness practice has been proven to provide the following benefits:
Increased working memory
Better focus and attention span
Lower anxiety and depression
Less emotional reactivity
More cognitive flexibility
Positive affect (good mood)
Quicker recovery following fight/flight response
Increased immune functioning
Increased capacity for empathy