Introduction to Skills

Theory Behind the Practice

Mindful-Mastery skills training is an integration of the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (MB-CBT). Skills training provides clients with more effective strategies for managing strong thoughts and feelings. The MB-CBTs are the “third wave” of CBT therapies, which are considered the gold standard of scientifically validated psychological treatment mood and anxiety problems.

Basic Principles:

The fundamental difference between traditional CBT and the MB-CBTs is the integration of acceptance strategies into change-oriented therapy. What this means basically, is that sometimes, too much push for change can be ineffective. Traditional CBT focuses on change, and does effectively improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Clients are taught to challenge distortions in thinking, to in turn change mood symptoms. But, many find this direct focus on change invalidating of their experience. Therefore, mindfulness based CBT therapies began integrating more acceptance strategies. Acceptance strategies are those that teach clients how to work with, and listen to the wisdom of natural emotions in a compassionate way. Mindful Mastery teaches users how to redirect attention to the present moment, with non judgmental acceptance of experience in the here and now. This reduces the unnecessary suffering caused by the time traveling mind (e.g. Catastrophizing and ruminating). With these skills in place, the pursuit of what one truly wants out of life becomes more manageable.


How does Mindful-Mastery work?

Much of human suffering is due to misapplied strategies in coping with stressful life situations. Some learned these skills by watching their parents or other role models. But for those who did not have such role models, or when life stressors or transitions exceed the limitations of existing skills, some additional skills are often needed. Our habitual actions and ways of thinking (often outside our awareness), can contribute to keeping us stuck.

Living life effectively means, identifying who you want to be and what you want, while managing the difficult thoughts and feelings that arise as you pursue those goals. There is a bidirectional interaction between our thoughts-mood-and actions. And each piece of this equation requires a specific skill for mastery. Mindful-mastery training helps you to identify misapplied strategies and make needed changes to get joy back in your life!

How do you Teach That?

In short, Dr. Fielding works with each client’s individual needs to develop a treatment plan that works for them. This includes consideration of life style factors, strengths and weaknesses, motivation for change, as well as developmental factors. With this information, a specific treatment plan is developed including goals of treatment, time limitations, and specific exercises for the client to practice in order to build the necessary skills.