A fascinating study published in 2007 in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics reports on a randomized, double-blind, controlled study.
Patients who were in treatment with the Meditating therapists showed signiﬁcantly more progress in terms of symptom reduction and their ability to assess their own problems. They also reported signiﬁcantly more satisfaction with their treatment, than the control group, whose therapists did not practice meditation.
This study reminds us of the value of the use of the self of the therapist. . The authors point out that the development of the therapist as the instrument of therapy is a very different perspective from the current,pervasive emphasis on therapy techniques, (such as CBT or EMDR).
Mindfulness meditation practices enable us, as therapists, to be fully present with our patients and see them deeply and compassionately. These skills enhance our abilitiy to refrain from judgment and criticism, and from imposing our own agenda or counter-transferance onto our patients.
This is one way that we can empower them to heal themselves.
May this information benefit you, those you work with, those you love, and all sentient beings, everywhere.
Dr. Ellen Adelman
Sage Healing Institute
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