According to teacher and author Bodhipaksa, “Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience.” Simply put, mindfulness is the experience of being fully present to the present moment. Mindfulness is about awareness and participation in life rather than ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. And it can generate powerful effects in terms of joy, gratitude, and peace.
HeartLink therapists hold diverse training in mindfulness and body-based therapy approaches. We all integrate Polyvagal Theory into our attachment-based work, which helps you understand and transform your lived experience through your nervous system. Despite what we most believe, story (our thoughts and meaning making) follows state (our body sensations, however nuanced) rather than the other way around. At HeartLink we’ll help you untangle both internally and relationally.
Amanda has also completed over 100 hours of advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a mindfulness-based approach designed to help individuals who struggle with intense emotions and multiple problems. In the individual and group contexts, DBT teaches clients more adaptive ways to think and act when life throws them curve balls, and how to find both momentum for change and acceptance about themselves and their lives to create a life worth living. Amanda has led DBT groups for adolescents, adults, and parents. She also regularly integrates principles of Buddhist psychology into her work with clients, as influenced by Tara Brach and Bruce Tift.
For more information about mindfulness or Buddhist-based psychological services, please contact us.