Mind-Body Bridging (MBB) is an internationally recognized evidence-based transdiagnostic clinical and psycho-educational intervention backed by a dozen publications in academic and medical journals. MBB techniques alleviate psychological distress for individuals with a broad range of mental health issues and increases psychological flexibility and resilience.
MBB is based on the premise that the overactivity of a biopsychological mechanism, called the Identity System, is a common factor in a wide range of psychopathology. The Identity System, creates mind clutter and body tension, impairing a person’s ability to think clearly and function optimally. The aim of MBB is simply to reduce the activity of the Identity System so that the person’s innate adaptive skills can flourish.
MBB teaches awareness and metacognitive skills to aid in recognizing and resting the Identity System. Awareness skills interrupt the habitual processes of the Identity System. Metacognitive skills expose and defuse the self-centered expectations of self and others that creates an overactive Identity System, and which leads to dysfunctional and unproductive mind-body states and behavior.
MBB is delivered in one-on-one sessions, in small groups or larger workshops, or through one of our carefully crafted Mind-Body Bridging Workbooks. The number and length of sessions and the overall duration of the intervention can vary depending on the needs of the client.
MBB integrates theory and practice from all the major schools of psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, existential-humanistic, multicultural systemic, and transpersonal psychology. MBB has been compared to therapeutic approaches like acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and other mindfulness-based interventions. Although MBB shares a similarity to these therapies, there are significant differences. For example, in mindfulness-based interventions the focus is to observe and create distance from thoughts. Instead, MBB takes it one step further where the focus is to observe and create distance from the psychobiological mechanisms that cause dysfunctional thinking and unproductive mind-body states.
In several studies with veterans MBB improved sleep, reduced PTSD symptoms, increased mindfulness, and improved symptoms of depression, fatigue and pain. In a study with cancer survivors, MBB reduced sleep disturbances and depression while improving overall levels of mindfulness, self-compassion, and well-being. In another study with an addicted population, MBB significantly reduced drug/alcohol cravings, trauma-related thinking, disturbed sleep, and significantly increased mindfulness, self-compassion, and well-being. In research with domestic violence perpetrators, MBB groups showed reduced recidivism at follow-up and an increase in treatment compliance.