Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Mindfulness Groups for People with Psychosis

Paul Chadwick a1c1, Katherine Newman Taylor a2 and Nicola Abba a2
a1 University of Southampton & Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton, UK
a2 Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton, UK

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chadwick p   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
taylor kn   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
abba n   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 


The study's objective was to assess the impact on clinical functioning of group based mindfulness training alongside standard psychiatric care for people with current, subjectively distressing psychosis. Data are presented from the first 10 people to complete one of four Mindfulness Groups, each lasting six sessions. People were taught mindfulness of the breath, and encouraged to let unpleasant experiences come into awareness, to observe and note them, and let them go without judgment, clinging or struggle. There was a significant pre-post drop in scores on the CORE (z=−2.655, p=.008). Secondary data indicated improvement in mindfulness skills, and the subjective importance of mindfulness to the group process (N=11). The results are encouraging and warrant further controlled outcome and process research.

Key Words: Mindfulness; psychosis; voices; images; paranoia.

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