Mindfulness involves awareness and non-judgmental acceptance of our thoughts and feelings in the present moment. Mindfulness can be an important tool for stress-management and relaxation, as well as aiding in emotion regulation and distress tolerance.
Mindfulness is an important element of psychotherapy because it can be used to complement other therapeutic modalities. There is no one-size-fits-all way approach to mindfulness, and therapists tailor practices to fit the needs of their individual clients. Mindfulness in therapy can take many forms, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and mindfulness skills in DBT. Ultimately, the goal of mindfulness in psychotherapy is not for clients to become meditation practitioners, but for them to learn and utilize skills and practices to find relief from symptoms and gain increased acceptance and fulfillment in their lives.