My experience of improved mindfulness is common among those who participate in embodied expressive arts practices and I was interested to learn that Real Caring Integrative Therapy has programs in place that combine therapeutic expressive arts with evidence based therapies like Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), commonly used to treat trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
Mindfulness can be enhanced through art therapy and embodied practices. “In the DBT group we’re really working a lot with embodied mindfulness,” Shannon Simonelli, PhD, ATR, said. “We’re filling out the experience of mindfulness and connection with “wise mind” to include somatic perspective and somatic orientation. We’re teaching people how to check in with and language their observations from a body-based perspective.”