What are the benefits of mindfulness? A practice review of psychotherapy-related research

Psychotherapy (Chic). 2011 Jun;48(2):198-208. doi: 10.1037/a0022062.


Research suggests that mindfulness practices offer psychotherapists a way to positively affect aspects of therapy that account for successful treatment. This paper provides psychotherapists with a synthesis of the empirically supported advantages of mindfulness. Definitions of mindfulness and evidence-based interpersonal, affective, and intrapersonal benefits of mindfulness are presented. Research on therapists who meditate and client outcomes of therapists who meditate are reviewed. Implications for practice, research, and training are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Affect
  • Awareness*
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Meditation / psychology*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Research