Although I have no real statistics on the use of meditation in therapy, I believe it to be an under-used technique. The technique may be used breifly as a precursor to inducing hypnosis in hypnotherapy, however the widespread uses of meditation in psychotherapies of all types has yet to be seen.
The technique may fit into modern therapies that treat anxiety and certain sorts of depression, nevertheless, most therapists are not willing or able to utilize the technique in sessions. Many have suggested meditation to their clients, but haven't given it a thorough chance in actual practice.
Autonomic breathing techniques incorporate the initial stages of a meditation. These are taught to increase a client's ability to relax in stressful situations. Rarely, is this technique taken to the next plateau of meditation.
So, the missing factor is the actual use of meditation. While most psychologists fully use their "classical" training, it isn't very often that the rely on a client-centered model, starting with relaxation and meditation. Usually, the client is allowed to go immediately into free-association of the perceived problem. Transference and projection are checked, the psychopathology is diagnosed, a treatment plan implemented and the process of recovery begins. Eventually, if all goes well, the client begins to recover.
Never is there any use of meditative processes to help the client find their spiritual center. The external aspects of the condition are often treated and yet the spiritual basis of them are ignored. Meditation can be helpful in the treatment of the spirtual condition. The spirtual basis of many psycholological conditions can be accessed and calmed through the use of meditative techniques.
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