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Meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

meditation-image-101A new approach that merges meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy is gaining popularity in the field of psychotherapy. The April 2005 edition of the Harvard Mental Health Letter notes that cognitive therapy professionals have begun to recognize the beneficial healing qualities of meditation for their patients. Historically, cognitive behavioral therapy was an empirical cause and effect affair that didn’t consider emotions. Patients being treated as part of this new “third wave” of therapy, however, are being introduced to meditative techniques that aid them in reflecting inwards on their feelings during times of duress or when they experience changes in temperament. This merging of cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation shows promise for the continuing evolution of the psychotherapeutic field.

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