A Massachusetts-based psychotherapist, Robin Ohringer operates a private practice in Cambridge. In treating patients for issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, Robin Ohringer employs a variety of techniques, including mindfulness training.
Focused on promoting moment-to-moment awareness, mindfulness is a practice akin to other high-focus activities, such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation. The ultimate goal of mindfulness training is to reduce unnecessary emotional reactivity by helping a person learn to experience everyday thoughts, feelings, and sensations without assigning meaning to them.
In addition to promoting greater awareness, the practice supports voluntary control of mental processes and helps practitioners learn to deal with stressful situations in a calm and clear-headed manner. Over the years, research has shown that mindfulness can assist with issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The practice can also be used alone or alongside other treatments to help patients with hypochondria, eating disorders, attention-deficit disorder, and autism.