Mindfulness: Effective Treatment for Trauma

Jan 3, 2018


At Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc, we understand the profound impact trauma can have on an individual's mental health. Trauma, whether it be from a single event or prolonged exposure, can lead to a wide range of symptoms that hinder a person's ability to lead a fulfilling life. In our pursuit of providing holistic and evidence-based solutions, we have found mindfulness to be an incredibly effective treatment for trauma.

The Power of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice that involves bringing one's attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. By cultivating a state of awareness and acceptance, individuals can develop resilience and begin to heal from the effects of trauma. Through mindfulness, one can gain insight into their thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations, enabling them to navigate through distressing experiences with greater ease.

Understanding Trauma

Trauma can take many forms, ranging from physical abuse and neglect to witnessing or experiencing a life-threatening event. Regardless of the specific type, trauma disrupts the individual's sense of safety and security, often leading to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, and emotional dysregulation. Conventional treatments for trauma often focus on addressing the symptoms, but mindfulness offers a unique approach by targeting the root causes.

Scientific Evidence

Research has shown that mindfulness practices can have a significant impact on trauma recovery. A study conducted by renowned psychologist Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn demonstrated the effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in reducing post-traumatic stress symptoms and improving overall well-being. The study found that participants who engaged in regular mindfulness practice experienced a decrease in intrusive thoughts, anxiety, and depression.

Incorporating Mindfulness into Trauma Treatment

At Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc, our experienced therapists integrate mindfulness techniques into trauma treatment to provide a comprehensive and personalized approach. By fostering a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment, we guide our clients to develop mindfulness skills that can be applied in their daily lives. This integration helps individuals regain a sense of control, reduce reactivity to trauma triggers, and enhance their emotional well-being.

Benefits of Mindfulness for Trauma

Practicing mindfulness as a treatment for trauma offers numerous benefits. Some of these advantages include:

  • Emotional Regulation: Mindfulness enables individuals to manage and regulate their emotions effectively, reducing the intensity of trauma-related feelings.
  • Improved Self-Awareness: By developing a mindful awareness, individuals gain insight into their own thoughts, behaviors, and triggers, empowering them to make conscious choices.
  • Enhanced Well-being: Regular mindfulness practice has been linked to reduced stress levels, improved mood, and overall well-being, promoting the healing process.
  • Post-traumatic Growth: Mindfulness fosters resilience and facilitates post-traumatic growth, allowing individuals to find meaning and purpose beyond their traumatic experiences.


If you or a loved one is struggling to recover from trauma, incorporating mindfulness into your treatment plan can be immensely beneficial. At Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc, we are committed to providing compassionate and effective care for individuals seeking relief from trauma-related symptoms. Our experienced therapists offer evidence-based therapies, including mindfulness techniques, to help you heal and build a fulfilling, resilient life.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards reclaiming your well-being.

Mahlatse Neymar
Mindfulness = calm mind ✨🧠
Nov 11, 2023
Daria K
Mindfulness offers a promising approach for effectively treating trauma and improving mental well-being.
Nov 8, 2023