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VA Puget Sound Health Care System

 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

What is MBSR?Meditation rocks 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program designed to teach a skill called mindfulness. MBSR teaches people practices they can use over the course of their life to reduce stress and promote health and wellness. Mindfulness is a term that refers to non-judgmental, present moment attention. With original roots based in Eastern traditions, the introduction of MBSR to allopathic medicine in the United States first occurred in 1979, when Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. There are over 250 hospitals nationwide offering stress reduction programs based on mindfulness.

Benefits of MBSR include:

  • Improved quality of life (school, job)
  • Reduced tension, fear, frustration
  • Better coping with life stressors
  • Improved sleep
  • Possible reduced need for pain medications
  • Reduced risk of relapse of depression

2015 MBSR Schedule

Wednesdays, 9:30-12:00, February 18 through April 8
Instructor: Kurt Hoelting, M.Div
Location: Seattle

Fridays, 9:30-12:00, May 1 through June 19
Instructor: Bill MacNulty, PhD
Location: Seattle

Additional MBSR group schedules will be added to this site throughout the year as they are confirmed. Check back soon!

MBSR at American Lake: At this time, there are no MBSR groups scheduled at American Lake. The program administrators are working with VA administration to implement changes to the program that help it become more fully integrated into the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, but these changes are taking longer than expected to complete.  We appreciate your ongoing patience, and we will post American Lake MBSR schedules once they are confirmed.

2015 LKM Schedule

 
At this time, there are no Loving Kindness Meditation groups scheduled at VA Puget Sound.  The program administrators are working with VA administration to implement changes to the program that help it become more fully integrated into the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, but these changes are taking longer than expected to complete.  We appreciate your ongoing patience, and we will post Loving Kindness Meditation schedules once they are confirmed.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Michelle Martinez, MBSR Coordinator, phone: (206) 277-1721

Contact Info

Location

  • VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 206-277-1721

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm