Center for Family Therapy

Center for Individual and Family Therapy has been a leading provider of mental health treatment in Cape Cod since 1990 with some of the most experienced therapists in the area. We provide a relaxed atmosphere with caring, insightful and effective therapists. We offer a range of therapy including individual, couples, family and groups, where problems and symptoms are identified, addressed and improved.

Originally known as Center for Family Therapy that was established by two therapists, Kathy Smith-Brown and Jeanne Swan, Center for Individual, Couples and Family Therapy consists of five therapists:  Donna Lee McMullen, Kevin Terrill, Diane Delauter,  Annellen Zalis and Jill Garvin.  Some of our specializations include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Substance Use/Abuse, Veterans Issues, Life Transitions, Anxiety and Depression. We welcome the opportunity to help you or a family member. The Center for Individual, Couples and Family Therapy is centrally located in Mashpee Commons, for both upper and lower Cape Cod residences.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and not dwelling in the past or projecting into the future. With all the distractions we have today with smart phones, laptops, iPads and iPods, it’s no wonder that Americans report feeling stressed, scattered and overwhelmed. Lucky for us, the most recent research by neuroscientists shows that 10 minutes of meditation a day is all that is required to have positive results. Patients have reported significant reductions in anxiety and depressive symptoms after a mindfulness intervention such as MBCT (Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy) or from a daily meditation practice. 

But for some of us even that can be challenging. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Sharon Salzberg, a meditation teacher and co-founder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. When I shared with her my struggles with meditation she said to strive for “many moments, many times a day.” So whether it’s 10 minutes or more a day or many moments a day, it’s worth a try to see if you can experience the positive results from practicing mindfulness. 

For those who are interested in learning more about meditation or for those interested in deepening their meditation practice, South Shore Insight Meditation Center in Hanover, MA offers workshops, classes and sittings throughout the week. They can be contacted at www.ssimc.org  

Sheila Scott Gordon LICSW

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