Desireé Gallagher, Psy.D.
Mindfulness is a practice that focuses on building awareness of the present by utilizing various senses and building self-soothing techniques. A primary goal is to increase awareness of thoughts, behaviors, and body sensations. Mindfulness has a basis in meditation and has been used in the treatment of emotional difficulties with adults for a long period. Stressors and suffering are inevitable. Mindfulness demonstrates techniques to cope with life’s challenges.
Recently, research has focused on establishing an effective treatment of mindfulness for children and adolescents. Mindfulness skills have been demonstrated to be effective at decreasing anxiety and stress in school-aged children. There is increasing evidence that mindfulness-based therapy can decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity and increase attention and self-esteem.