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Join Date: May 2012
The other program in our study is the Mindfulness-based stress reduction program, which 1. Trains you to purposefully direct your attention to the current moment, without critical judgment 2. Enhances awareness and acceptance of external events as well as internal thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations 3. Implements a meditation practice in your life to cultivate these skills 4. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes are once a week, 2.5 hours long and take place either on Stanford campus, in the South Bay (Mountain View, Campbell, San Jose), in San Francisco, or in Oakland. The mindfulness classes are in a group format, but the focus is on each individual's practice and skills.
I guess this is sort of a second-hand experience, but I work at a psychology lab that does research on Social Anxiety Disorder, and as part of our study, we offer clinical interventions to people who suffer from social anxiety.
One of them is our Wellness program. The Exercise-based stress reduction program:
1. You set up an exercise program with our exercise specialist tailored to fit your life, personal goals and skill level and you follow it daily/weekly
2. You check-in by phone weekly for 10 minutes with our exercise coach and trouble-shoot any potential barriers to following through with the program
3. You attend a group exercise class of your choice to expose oneself to more social contact in a given week
4. We pay for a gym membership or an exercise class for you for 8 weeks
I know that I've learned a lot from just being a part of this, and I hope others can benefit too. That's why I wanted to share my experience.
If you or someone you know is in the San Francisco Bay area is looking for help (specifically, free therapy), contact the CAAN lab at the Stanford Psychology Department:
650-723-5977 or email us ([email protected])
At the website you can find out more about our study: http://waldron.stanford.edu/~caan/Free_Treatment.html
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