Dr. Sears is collaborating with Alliance Integrative Medicine to do mindful stress reduction groups (based on MBSR and MBCT) at their location in Kenwood — 6400 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. The Winter 2017 group will start with a free intro lecture on Monday, January 9th at 6:00pm, and the group will be held on Monday evenings from 6p-7:30p, from January 23rd thru March 13th. Download the winter flyer here. The Spring 2017 group will start with a free intro lecture on Monday, March 20th at 6:00pm, and the group will be held on Monday evenings from 6p-7:30p, from April 3rd thru May 22nd. Download the spring flyer here.

For more information, or to register, call 513-791-5521.  Introductory lectures are free and open to the public, with no obligation. Those signed up for the course are also encouraged to attend the introduction to learn the background material.

Click here for a 2-minute video about the Alliance groups.

ONLINE MINDFULNESS GROUPS. *Coming soon* – Dr. Sears will be offering an 8-week mindfulness program (MBCT/MBSR) online. Check back for registration details, or send an email to richard@psych-insights.com to be added to our mailing list.

Dr. Sears is also clinical/research faculty at the University of Cincinnati Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, in West Chester, Ohio, where he will be leading mindfulness groups. For more info visit  http://uchealth.com/services/integrative/clinical-services/mindfulness-groups/

Download free mindfulness recordings by Richard Sears (click to listen, or right-click to save):

Body Scan
Mindfulness of Breath, Body, Sounds, and Thoughts
Three-Minute Breathing Space
Embodying Love Visualization

Watch a 20-minute video of Dr. Sears describing mindfulness and stress reduction:

Watch an 11-minute video on “5 Tips for Dealing with Stress”:

Listen to an interview with Live Happy Magazine about mindfulness:
Live Happy Now Interview

Listen to a one hour radio interview about mindfulness with Whole Living Journal’s Tara Robinson: Mindfulness interview on WAIF FM 88.3

Watch a one hour presentation given by Dr. Sears to the Cincinnati Bar Association: The Mindful Attorney: Reducing Stress and Enhancing Your Work

What is mindfulness training, and what can it do for me?

Mindfulness involves learning to pay attention to and wisely work with our thoughts, bodily sensations, and emotions. The practice is learned through simple meditation exercises, through which you eventually come to bring a richer awareness and presence into your daily life. This reduces ruminating thoughts, helping to prevent stress, anxiety, and relapses of depression.

The training groups are modeled after the evidence-based practices of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Zindel Segal and colleagues’ Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The group consists of education, discussion, practice of mindfulness meditation, light stretching exercises, and homework assignments.

“The MBCT group has significantly increased my awareness of my thoughts, my emotions, and my body. I am better able to be fully present through both joyous and distressing times.”  – Past participant in Dr. Sears’ mindfulness group.

The specific themes addressed in the program are:

  • Class 1: Automatic Pilot
  • Class 2: Dealing with Barriers
  • Class 3: Mindfulness of the Breath
  • Class 4: Staying Present
  • Class 5: Allowing and Letting Be
  • Class 6: Thoughts are Not Facts
  • Class 7: How Can I Best Take Care of Myself
  • Class 8: Using What’s Been Learned to Deal with Future Challenges.

Over the eight weeks of the program, the practices help you:

  • to become familiar with the workings of your mind.
  • to notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate downward mood spirals.
  • to explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and, if you choose, enter a different way of being.
  • to put you in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world.
  • to notice small beauties and pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head.
  • to be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals.
  • to find a way so you don’t have to battle with yourself all the time.
  • to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time.

          from www.mbct.com

Who can participate?

Anyone with a desire to reduce stress, or to prevent relapses of depression and anxiety, is welcome to inquire. A commitment to attend all 8 sessions, and to do 45 minutes of practice per day, is required.

Health care and business professionals are also invited to learn these skills to be more effective in their daily work, and to help facilitate work-life balance.

I’m a mental health professional. Can I receive Continuing Education Credits?

Continuing education requirements vary depending upon your state board’s requirements. Dr. Sears can provide you with an outline of the course content and a certificate of completion, which you may be able to submit to your state board for review.

Who is the facilitator?

Dr. Richard Sears is a board-certified clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Ohio. He is in private practice in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, and Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation. For more information about Dr. Sears, click here.

Where are you located?

The groups are held at the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine, 6400 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, as well as at UC Center for Integative Health and Wellness, 7675 Wellness Way, 4th Floor,West Chester, Ohio 45069.

Can I learn the material privately?

If you cannot make the group times, or prefer to work with Dr. Sears individually, contact Dr. Sears to discuss an individualized program.

For more information:

For questions about the program, send an email to Dr. Sears at richard@psych-insights.com or call 513-899-MIND (6463). To register for the 8-week course, call the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine (Kenwood) at 513-791-5521, or  UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness (West Chester), 513-791-5521.

Links for more information about the program content:

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) (www.mbct.com)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) (http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/index.aspx)

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