The Impact of Mindfulness Practice within the Landscape of Treatment

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November 19, 2019

By Jessica Breton, MA, LMFT, Executive Director OPI Mindfulness has become increasingly popular in the past decade, both in popular culture and in therapeutic practice. What, precisely, is mindfulness and how is it beneficial when used with treatment? What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully focusing your energy and attention on the present moment and accepting it without

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Paddle Boarding for Mindfulness (DBT)

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August 6, 2015

For the past year, paddle boarding has become my favorite mindfulness experience during which I balance mind and body. It allows me to turn off the chatter in mind that is constantly making lists, assessing what I need to do, and worrying about the future. I am able to fully focus one-mindfully, a skill in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), allowing

Eating Mindfully – Practical Steps for Mindful Eating

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April 8, 2015

Mindful Eating is a state of being in the PRESENT moment while eating a meal or snack in front of you. It requires immense focus/attention to sensations of the body, thus learning to fully trust the body to guide you to what you need for a full nourishing experience.  Mindful Eating is so beneficial because the noise of the judgmental mind is turned off and the

Categories: Eating Disorders

OPI Surf Club: Catching the Waves of the California Coast

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April 28, 2014

Fortunately, the Optimum Performance Institute, is located only a few miles from the beautiful beaches of Southern California. With warm, sunny weather and ample interest among our current group of participants, OPI has recently launched its first ever surf club. Several staff members have been assisting participants with riding the waves each week. For some, this has been their first

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7 Ways to Successfully Cultivate Social Wellness for Life

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August 14, 2013

What is social wellness?  It is about nurturing ourselves, others and our relationships. Social wellness consists of not only balancing our own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, but also actively participating as an interdependent piece of the bigger puzzle of humankind.  Thus, even as we care about our personal connections, we also care about the greater good of society,

Mindfulness Kayaking in Malibu with the Life Coaching Department

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June 24, 2013

On Friday, June 21, OPI’s Life Coaching Department offered its first “Life Coaching Outing.” We took nine participants to beautiful Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA for a Mindfulness Kayaking Experience. During the morning, participants were guided by life coaches to approach the event as an exercise in observing their thoughts and feelings when facing a challenge such as kayaking in

Intensive Outpatient Program at OPI Living Expands Services For Local Young Adults

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March 19, 2013

Young adults aged 17–28 in the Los Angeles area who need help defining goals and becoming independent can now participate in a unique Intensive Outpatient Program at the Optimum Performance Institute. This program offers everything from individual and group psychotherapy, life coaching and career development classes to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), yoga, tennis, hiking and jam sessions. The OPI Intensive

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New Meditation Club at OPI Explores Relaxation, Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Techniques

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March 7, 2013

Within the past few months, OPI Living Program participants have started a Meditation Club, as one of the many activities available through the Department of Extracurricular Activities. Each week, participants gather to meditate and explore various practices, such as listening to guided meditations by psychotherapists like Belleruth Naparstek and Mary Maddox. Other meditative exercises attempted by participants include tea light

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Working With Families & Young Adults With Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) – Part IV

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January 22, 2013

Borderline Personality Disorder, Families and Solutions Parents of young adults with Borderline Personality Disorder, BPD Traits and Co-occurring Conditions are typically frustrated and feel helpless, even hopeless, about the possibility of change in their families by the time we see them here at OPI Living’s specialized OPI Intensive. Parents have endured so many years in an atmosphere of family polarization

Robert F. Fischer, MD, Creator of “Transformative Spaces,” Named UCLA Assistant Clinical Professor

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October 17, 2012

For more than 30 years, Robert F. Fischer, MD, executive director of the OPI Living programs that help young adults discover personal goals and transition into the real world, has explored mindfulness practices and their application to psychotherapy and milieu treatment approaches. Now, his recent appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, gives Participants

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