Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Counseling

Date of Award

5-2017

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

S. Elizabeth Likis-Werle

Committee Members

Cassandra Pusateri, Alison Barton

Abstract

Mindfulness meditation is an emerging trend, and previous research conducted focused on benefits of mindfulness meditation as a training technique for beginning counselors, symptoms mindfulness meditation may alleviate, and specific types of mindfulness meditation (e.g., Feldman, Greeson, & Senville, 2010; Greason & Welfare, 2013; Khoury et al., 2013; Sedlmeier, et al., 2012). Little research exists on the client’s experiences when mindfulness meditation is used within the counseling session; therefore the primary goal of the present study was to explore experiences and potential benefits of mindfulness meditation and its clinical application in session. Because previous research done on mindfulness meditation used a quantitative approach, the present study utilized a qualitative approach which allows richer and more descriptive data from the participants. Themes which emerged from the data included: (1) variations of individual experience, (2) mental, physical, and emotional components, (3) perceptions of mindfulness meditation, (4) preferences for mindfulness meditation, and (5) continued practice implications.

Document Type

Thesis - Withheld

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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