Mindfulness is not just a new fad. There is growing research that demonstrates that mindfulness practices can free us from patterns of thinking and acting that keep us stuck in painful emotional states. And mindfulness does not take years of practice to experience positive outcomes. Our program offers practical tools that can open participants to their deepest capacity for wholeness and healing.
Mindfully being aware and letting go of ineffective thinking patterns such as overthinking and ruminating is a core skill. In addition, rather than “fixing” problems or avoiding or suppressing difficult thoughts and emotions, different strategies of awareness, acceptance, and decentering/defusion are taught. All of this allows individuals to experience themselves with less harsh judgment and respond wisely and compassionately to the people and events that impact them. This new way of relating with challenging thoughts and emotions can then reduce the frequency and intensity of mental health symptoms.
Our research-based program consists of individual therapy, weekly skills group, homework as well as written and audio educational and meditation resources. As participants learn mindfulness, cognitive and other coping strategies are taught to offer a range of options to respond effectively to stressors and difficult emotions.
The Choices program is based heavily on the curriculum and concepts of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale. Other mindfulness, cognitive and wellness practices, strategies, and assignments are supplemented based on Susan’s training, knowledge and experience.
The program is open to adults who have experienced one or more episodes of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, Bipolar Disorders, co-occurring substance use disorders and co-occurring problems with a medical condition or pain.
Fill out the contact form and our team member will email or call you back and answer any additional questions you might have!
Susan Winslow shares, “I have experienced first hand in my life the freedom and joy that has come from my mindfulness practice—freedom from negative and hurtful thinking and emotions.” Susan has extensive training in meditation and mindfulness, including attending several residential meditation retreats. She has an ongoing meditation practice, which is identified by the researchers who developed the MBCT program as a key for facilitating an effective program. Susan has worked as a clinical social worker and therapist for over 30 years .…read more about Susan Winslow, MA, MSW, LICSW