In Barcelona, more and more psychology centers are integrating mindfulness into their repertoire of therapeutic tools. This set of practices, also known as “Full Attention”, are aimed at helping people regulate their attentional focus so that they can direct it to the here and now.
In this article we will see why such a simple idea is therapeutically useful and how it is applied to its work by the Psychological Center Psicotools (Barcelona), located in the district of Vallcarca, And this directs a large part of his psychological assistance proposals towards the use of mindfulness.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a set of practices developed from the tradition of Vipassana meditation. This type of meditation, originating in the region of India and Nepal and with more than two thousand years of history, was based on the principle of seeing things as they are, without seeing our point of view compromised by preconceived ideas and old obsessions.
Mindfulness embraces this philosophy and transforms it into a form of psychotherapeutic intervention detached from religious implications, so that it can be used in multiple contexts and regardless of a person’s cultural roots.
Plus, Full Care has been scientifically designed to be reliably researched and tested. In this way, professionals who use or teach Mindfulness do so without reference to concepts associated with religion or magical thinking, and are keen to give systematic and clear instructions, avoiding ambiguities.
This way, using mindfulness means learning to focus on your own awareness in the present moment, From a mentality of acceptance and avoiding prejudices, to avoid fueling the discomfort caused by certain situations and to deal with them more constructively, without letting anxiety dominate us.
For that, Mindfulness is used in situations where we experience high stress, anxiety or pain, Whether or not there is a psychological disorder. It can be used in a wide variety of contexts; from the work context of organizations, to clinical psychology therapy, or in schools and educational centers, with boys and girls. This is why centers like Psicotools not only see mindfulness as one of the resources used in psychotherapy, but have developed a department specializing in mindfulness.
Mindfulness in Vallcarca: the case of Psychotools
Ferran Garcia of Palau García-Faria, Head of Mindfulness, Personal Growth and Corporate Services at Psicotools, is in charge of coordinating mindfulness-related work by applying it to many contexts.
From its position as one of the centers of reference in the use of mindfulness in Vallcarca, in this organization is developed a work that shows the flexibility and versatility of mindfulness to deliver benefits in various areas of life, Both on a daily basis and in the teamwork of companies and organizations.
How is it used in mindfulness in psychology?
On the one hand, Psicotools is offered the MBSR Mindfulness training program (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program), a type of 8-week psychoeducational intervention that combines theory learning with full-less discomfort training in practice.
On the other hand, in the mindfulness zone of Psicotools Full Attention interventions are also carried out in companies.
These interventions specialize in different goals: stimulating creativity, playful mindfulness and mindfulness to reduce stress. The latter is particularly useful in recent times, when markets are changing rapidly and the environment in which companies compete with each other is also adapting to new contexts. Each organization being different, it is generally specified in a personalized way what are the needs of the company.
On another side, Mindfulness of children applied to educational and learning needs is another area of intervention on which Psicotools focuses. Mindfulness practices, while based on the same principles, are very diverse, which is why there are simplified versions that can be used to help younger children learn to regulate their emotions and anxiety levels.
In this way, through mindfulness, children are given tools to face challenges and delicate situations without developing completely avoidable fears and insecurities.
A very versatile form of psychological intervention
As we have seen, mindfulness can be used in a wide variety of situations and in response to clearly differentiated needs. However, there is a common core of these practices: focus on the aspects of the present that really matterSeeing the past and the future not as sources of concern, but as sources of information that help us face the here and now in a more positive and constructive way.
This combination of versatility and foundation in one philosophy of life makes mindfulness a very useful tool that is increasingly used by psychology centers in avant-garde cities like Barcelona. It is to be hoped that over the years new and interesting ways of applying it will emerge both in psychotherapy and beyond.
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