February 5, 2014

Dealing With Anxiety: Part II

My Basic Mindfulness System was specifically designed to conveniently serve as an adjunct to psychotherapy. My hypothesis is that therapy will be deeper, easier, faster (and, therefore, cheaper) if mindfulness is brought into the picture.

There are two models for this. In the first model, a therapist outsources the acquisition of attentional skills. In other words, the therapist “prescribes” a mindfulness training program so that, when the client comes for therapy sessions, they will be able to enter a state of heightened concentration, clarity, and equanimity. In the second model, the therapist combines both functions: they do therapy but they also directly train the client in mindfulness skills. We might characterize the first model as “outsourcing” and the second model as “wearing two hats.”

My former wife, Shelly Young, is a stellar example of the latter. She uses CBT, EMDR, and other methods combined with Basic Mindfulness techniques and really gets results! She has now decided to expand her outreach by offering mindfulness-based therapy via Skype and telephone counseling. Her main site is: www.PresentSolutions4u.com.

She has also developed a 4-session telephone conference group specifically targeting anxiety and panic, starting March 6. Check out details here and register here.

To appreciate the quality of her work, check out this video:


  1. Thankyou for putting this together. Shinzen, your work has been immensely helpful for me, not to mention endlessly fascinating. Your teachings have transformed my relationship to my thoughts and feelings, my relationship with myself. However, the greatest issue that I face is a high level of OCD based anxiety. I continue to endeavor to bring equanimity to my daily experience of life, in the hope that it will trickle down to the anxiety. but this one thing has been very stubborn. What I've been looking for is a guided way to apply your methodology to my anxiety. It looks like this will be it.

  2. Your former wife and I are on the same page—I use "wearing two hats" in my practice in Australia as well. I'll be sure to check out your Basic Mindfulness System, Shinzen. Cheers!


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