“Living a Life that Matters”
Adults and adolescents experience psychological pain as an inevitable part of the human experience (e.g., stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, weigh management, smoking cessation, divorce, changes in life). The aim of this type of one-to-one training is to teach and promote effective behavior that is mindful and values-driven to increase the individual’s physical, emotional and social well-being. A vital aspect of this training is to assist individuals in identifying or clarifying what and who is important to them across all life domains. Then, these values serve as the context in which individuals engage in psychological skills (e.g., acceptance, thought distancing, mindfulness), and behavioral skills to deal more flexibly and effectively with all kinds of painful thoughts, feelings, memories and urges. Individuals are encouraged and motivated by their own values to handle more effectively their pain, and to persist in behaviors that will make their life work, even when in the face of pain.