Mindfulness-Based Multidynamic Therapy

This model of intervention combines into one framework the concepts and theories of a

  • biopsychosocial model
  • psychodynamic constructs and theory of mind and
  • the principles and practice of mindfulness.

The aim was to develop an integrated and multidimensional model based on sound psychological concepts with those that have evolved regarding the applicability and utilisation of mindfulness ideas and practices into a unique model of therapeutic intervention. Such a model of therapy allows for formerly disparate precepts and theories to be integrated into one framework from which the therapeutic concepts and interventions can be applied.

Theories of mind and their accompanying models of intervention have had a tendency to be kept separate from other models perhaps leading to similar concepts being given new guises and ring-fenced as belonging to only one model. The drive behind this model is to allow for various dynamics to be allowed to co-exist within it. This is based on the premise that life is a varied and dynamic process as is the person who exists within it.

Individuals and cultures are constantly adjusting to the transient nature of their environments. Certain factors become more fixed and entrenched leading to the development of patterns of beliefs, interactions and processes developing over time. These patterns are both internal to the individual i.e. the person´s genetic inheritance and internal psychological conscious and unconscious structures, and external, such as powerful familial attitudes and social structures. The way in which such processes are regarded can also vary according to philosophies. Mindfulness looks to view the present as the single moment of primary relevance and one´s attention to it as paramount. Psychodynamic theories focus on how the development of the individual influences the present moment and the ideas within the biopsychosocial model takes into account the genetic, psychological and social environment of the individual.

The foundations of these principles have been synthesised and constructed into a more flexible and dynamic therapeutic model and approach that allows for the individual to exist within a broader context that can include nature and nurture, mind and body, the past and the present. In this way, individuals are not reduced to one of the three domains of cognitive, biological/genetic or environment but can be seen and understood as an interplay of all the dynamic areas that have influenced his or her present moment. If these factors are dynamic then it permits the individual to view him or herself as both static and dynamic, knowing that what is static may change in some way and that what is dynamic may become more fixed for a period of time. Incorporating mindfulness as one of the key ideas encourages people to stay with both the ease and discomfort of their experiences, whether previous or current, and to refocus their perspective on what is taking place right here, right now. It permits one to move beyond thoughts and include sensations, instincts, drives, barriers, reactions and responses.

Mindfulness-based multidynamic therapy looks to place the individual within a framework of past and present as we need to make some sense of the past in order to make sense of the present. Once we can recognise and acknowledge that we are today a combination of all of our existence, in all forms (genetic, social, familial, psychological) then we can become more aware of what drives us and how we react to such forces that influence our everyday existence. This existence includes our relationship with ourself and how we react and interact as friends, partners, colleagues, parents and leaders. Mindfulness assists in allowing us to recognise and stay with our responses. With its emphasis on focusing and refocusing our attention, it can help to increase our awareness of ourselves, our reactions to others and to the world around us by bringing an intentional awareness to them. It has a bearing on our personal lives, our psychological and physical health, our workplace attitudes and the choices we make as managers of ourselves and those around us in private and organisational settings.

This model not only looks to increase insight and awareness but to build resilience and develop the individual´s own resourcefulness and stability to deal with pleasant and difficult emotions or experiences, both psychological and physical. It encompasses working with the mind and the body, sensations and thoughts, flexibility and rigidity. It allows for a more fluid and wider perspective of how we understand ourselves and manage our lives, looking to gather together and permit the existence and influences of what was and what is, so that the complexities of our individual personality structures, our social and familial structures and our experiences can stand as one unit where we can exert personal choice over how we wish to be within this moment of time.

The concepts within this unique and effective therapy model have been brought together in a number of books. Click Here to view.. They aim to create a curiosity in people about themselves and to provide an easily accessible and straightforward framework within which the individual can move through each section, one building on the next, leading to a greater sense of integration between all the dynamics. The written ideas are interactive with the audio material provided allowing the individual to engage with either or both in a practical and immediate manner for emotional and physical balance. It shifts the focus from getting through life to getting involved with it.

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