Mindfulness-Based Emotional Processing (MBEP) is a mindful, body-centered approach to activating intrinsic emotional processing in the brain. The processing is activated and maintained by the client’s and the therapist’s mindful, Felt-Sense Attention upon the client’s somatic experience. The client’s emotional processing is enabled, focused, and supported through the attuned relational connection between the therapist and the client. A focus on tender, compassionate awareness creates a special quality of attention which helps to activate the healing process. MBEP is a practical, useful method for initiating and promoting essential emotional processing. It can easily be incorporated into any therapeutic modality.
MBEP is based upon the interaction between focused attention and internal experience: Where attention goes, energy gathers; where energy goes, experience unfolds. The mindful attentional focus of Felt-Sense Attention originates in, and is regulated by, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Felt-Sense Attention focuses awareness on the body’s somatic, sensory experience. It serves to activate right-hemisphere limbic processes related to emotional memory, body awareness, attunement, and affective experience.
Training workshop Objectives:
- Learn the psychodynamic and neurobiological foundations of MBEP
- Develop the skills for focusing and supporting Felt Sense Attention
- Apply the elements of attuned relationship with clients
- Learn the somatic markers of emotional processing
- Apply the principles of mindfulness to emotional processing
- Supporting the witnessing function
- Learn how to support the client’s unfolding emotional processing
- Using MBEP for strengthening client resources
- Support integration of right-brain with left-brain processing
- Incorporate MBEP into the flow of your therapeutic approach