**ONLINE MINDFULNESS GROUPS NOW AVAILABLE!** Dr. Sears now offers an 8-week mindfulness program (MBCT/MBSR) online. Click here for details or to sign up.


Dr. Sears is collaborating with Alliance Integrative Medicine to do 8-session mindful stress reduction groups (based on MBSR and MBCT) at their location in Kenwood — 6400 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. 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. The Winter 2018 group will start with a free intro lecture on Monday, January 29th at 6:00pm, and the group will be held on Monday evenings from 6p-7:30p, from February 5th to March 26th. Download the Winter 2018 Mindfulness flyer here. The Spring 2018 group will start with a free intro lecture on Monday, April 9th at 6:00pm, and the group will be held on Monday evenings from 6p-7:30p, from April 16th to June 11th (no class on Memorial Day, May 28). Download the Spring 2018 Mindfulness flyer here.

Click here for a 2-minute video about the Alliance 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:

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

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: Awareness and Automatic Pilot
  • Class 2: Living in Our Heads
  • Class 3: Gathering the Scattered Mind
  • Class 4: Recognizing Aversion
  • 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 or stress 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 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 the in-person groups located?

The groups are held at the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine, 6400 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Can I learn the material privately?

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

For more information about the in-person course:

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 in-person course in Cincinnati, call the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine (Kenwood) at 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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