Improves Performance of Therapy Students

meditation-image-104A unique Marriage and Family Therapy program at Virginia Tech has found that integrating mindfulness meditation into its curriculum enhances therapy students’ performance and confidence levels. Especially among beginners, the skills learned from meditation help them learn to be emotionally present and focus their attention on the client during therapy sessions. Mindfulness meditation also helps therapy students distance themselves from a cold, problem-solving mentality and instead adopt an empathetic, compassionate therapeutic manner that enhances their level of responsiveness and rapport with the client. Mindfulness meditation teachers in the program found that therapists were more able to focus on others’ issues when they already felt centered and present internally.