Special 8-week program aids individuals suffering from chronic pain and other disorders through mindfulness.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It utilizes instruction and meditation to help individuals work through their stress, pain, illness, and other challenges. Health benefits reported in medical literature include improvement in mood, sleep quality, fatigue, pain ratings, disordered eating, psychological distress, and overall quality of life.
This 8-week program is designed to complement your current medical treatment or program. It is especially effective in supporting individuals suffering from cancer, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety or other stressrelated disorders, and more. Meditation exercises such as body scanning, sitting meditation, and basic yoga will be taught and utilized.
Participants will meet once a week for 2.5 hours in a group setting beginning April 24 – June 12. A special, six-hour retreat on May 31 is also included as part of this course.
About Patrick Thornton, PhD
Since 1993, Patrick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in clinical settings for patients and healthcare professionals in major medical centers in Northern California and in the Midwest. He has led workshops, presented at national conferences, and taught 6-week intensives for mental health professionals on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
He also has a private practice in Sonoma County, California which focuses on providing staff support for community hospice programs, for women with breast cancer, as well as end-of-life programs for individuals with complex psychological and spiritual needs that exceed the scope of hospice services.