The Mindful Attention exercise is an audio track from the Psychology Tools For Overcoming PTSD Audio Collection. Mindful Attention is a technique for becoming aware of one’s thoughts and experiences, and being able to observe these as transient mental events. There is evidence that practice of mindful attention can assist with emotional regulation – that decentering from experiences can lead to development of different or wiser reactions.
This audio track was originally recorded as an exercise for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and who wanted to practice retraining their attention on the present moment Mindful attention and mindfulness exercises are applicable more broadly and are often used as transdiagnostic interventions. The audio track is a simple .mp3 file which can be played in most media player apps. You can also download the verbatim script, allowing you to record the exercise for your clients in your own voice to reinforce work completed in therapy.
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