Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Client Experiences of Mindfulness Meditation in the Counseling Setting: A Qualitative Study
by O'Brien, Veronica, M.A., East Tennessee State University, 2017, 85; 13830186
Abstract (Summary)

Mindfulness mediation is an emerging trend, and previous research conducted focused on benefits of mindfulness meditation as a training technique for beginning counselors, symptoms mindfulness meditation may alleviate, and specific types of mindfulness meditation (e.g., Feldman, Greeson, & Senville, 2010; Greason & Welfare, 2013; Khoury et al., 2013; Sedlmeier, et al., 2012). Little research exists on the client’s experiences when mindfulness meditation is used within the counseling session; therefore the primary goal of the present study was to explore experiences and potential benefits of mindfulness meditation and its clinical application in session. Because previous research done on mindfulness meditation used a quantitative approach, the present study utilized a qualitative approach which allows richer and more descriptive data from the participants. Themes which emerged from the data included: (1) variations of individual experience, (2) mental, physical, and emotional components, (3) perceptions of mindfulness meditation, (4) preferences for mindfulness meditation, and (5) continued practice implications.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Likis Werle, S. Elizabeth
Commitee: Barton, Alison, Likis-Werle, Elizabeth, Pusateri, Cassandra
School: East Tennessee State University
Department: Counseling
School Location: United States -- Tennessee
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Clients, Counseling, Meditation, Mindfulness, Qualtative, Therapy
Publication Number: 13830186
ISBN: 978-0-438-79123-7
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