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What is mindfulness?
We live in a world that is distracted, often thinking about past events or the next thing on a “to do” list. However our ability to be aware of thoughts, feelings, and sensations relates directly to our mental and physical health. This mental and physical awareness is developed through a process called mindfulness. Broadly Mindfulness is our ability to pay attention on purpose in the present moment, without judgment. While Mindfulness will not eliminate stress and negative events in our lives it can help us to act less impulsivity, approaching challenges with more clarity and insight. Mindfulness training is an effective approach to improve our capacity to relate to mental distress and physical pain that can produce lasting positive changes in our brain and cognitive functions.
After our clinicians evaluate your child's medical and mental health in addition to learning about family stressors, we can suggest a treatment method that may be the most effective approach to growing a capacity for mindfulness. Mindfulness can be educated in multiple ways usually including psychoeducation, experiential skill development, deep-breathing, and meditation practice. At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin we offer individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy treatments to build mindfulness skills. Similarly, clinician’s with advanced training can support mindfulness practice using Biofeedback. Biofeedback is a treatment technique in which people are trained to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies by regulating physiological responses like heart rate and respiration.
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To make an appointment, call the psychiatry and behavioral medicine program.
For new referrals or new patient appointments, please call (414) 266-3339.