Mindfulness training (or learning how to meditate) is increasingly being recognized as a powerful way to promote mental health and resilience. There are many therapeutic programs that incorporate mindfulness meditation, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) .Dr. Hurley is trained in several Mindfulness-Based programs, including MBSR, MBCT and MBRP. She has studied witht Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.
Both psychotherapy and mindfulness training can be effective in alleviating suffering and living a more joyful existence. Learning to shift, focus and hold attention is a core component of many forms of psychotherapy. Furthermore, some modern approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) are a blend of traditional cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy and mindfulness.
Dr. Hurley incorporates mindfulness practices and psychotherapy in both the tone of psychotherapy sessions (for example, working with what emerges in the moment in a nonjudgmental manner) as well as in some of the exercises she teaches her clients (for example, present moment awareness and self-compassion exercises). Additionally, Dr. Hurley often introduces some Focusing work with clients, which similarly involves helping individuals gain deeper levels of self-awareness.