Therapy works. It’s been known for years. Nobody really knows how, although many think they change occurs because of the method or approach. The only thing that is certain, is that of the 400 odd methods of counselling, psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy, that they do help people most of the time.
What is fascinating, however, is that meditation and yoga, and more recently and specifically, mindfulness-based approaches to meditation, have begun to seep their way into the psychotherapeutic arena.
Mindfulness meditation is a lot more than just sitting down like a Buddha, although mindfulness did originally derive from Buddhist psychology and philosophy. Mindfulness-based counselling approaches involve moment to moment intentional awareness to present moment experience of thoughts, feelings, body sensations, behaviours, relationships, and any other here and now experience without any form of criticism or judgement. This does not mean, that judgements do not arise later, but when they do, they usually are a lot more sound and clear than they would otherwise be.
Commonly however, a mindful stance is not the same thing as a directive approach, say cognitive behavioural therapy. This is true. But mindfulness approaches can be integrated with hypnotherapy, for example in an altered state of consciousness ie. trance, encouragement for people to become more mindful of their own internal unconscious phenomena and experience, which can be materialised.
Counselling and psychotherapy can also be either direct or nondirective. If one wishes to apply the 2500+ years of wisdom from Buddhist psychology, or mindfulness-based meditation, to psychotherapy, one needs a deep appreciation both in experience and in theory of Buddhist psychological practices in mindfulness, as well as Western psychotherapeutic understandings.
Thus, in integration becomes possible. With integration patients have a much wider potential for self realisation and overcoming suffering. Buddhist psychotherapist Adam Szmerling practices counselling in Bentleigh Melbourne. He also practices hypnotherapy. He blends hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, counselling, and mindfulness therapy uniquely for the aim of assisting his patients to overcome suffering.