Dear Dr.Spira: Sincerely, >
I saw your bio in the Cape Cod Institute book. I was wondering if you could point me in the right directon.
I am a psychotherapist, and was formerly employed at Herbert Benson's Mind/Body Medical Institute (MBMI) for eight years as a researcher/clinician. We saw high functioning patients for stress related illnesses. I have left the MBMI and am working at Boston University and a private psychiatric clinic in Cambridge, MA - called Two Brattle Center. The clinic uses psychodynamic approaches to frame therapy but they offer many levels of DBT for the patients who are parasuicidal/borderline.
I am putting together a ten week cognitive behavioral group for higher functioning patients, although there will be level 2 borderlines (not actively suicidal but with past history of trauma,etc.) and I want to add daily meditation as a component. I am not sure if this is contraindicated, and I have not been able to find any research speaking to this population. I have tried to teach eating disorder patients meditation and imagery without success. I have read Zindel Segal's research/Jon Kabat-Zinn's books on mindfulness.
What are you thoughts regarding this? I was thinking that mindfulness may be ok, while imagery and body - focused meditations may trigger the patients. If you know any research in this area I would appreciate this.
Thank you for your time, I know you are busy.
Melissa Freizinger, MA LMHC
Boston University School of Medicine
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