MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
S. Elizabeth Likis-Werle
Cassandra Pusateri, Alison Barton
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.
Thesis - Open Access
O'Brien, Veronica L., "Client Experiences of Mindfulness Meditation in the Counseling Setting: A Qualitative Study" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3220. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3220
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