Meditation offerings at Hall Health

The Mental Health Clinic at Hall Health is offering mindfulness meditation skills training for those looking to establish or maintain a meditation practice.  Groups are open to anyone and may be covered by
one’s health insurance plan.

Meditation groups open for enrollment:

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners is an 8-session series with three sections:

Wednesdays 8:30 – 10 am starting April 16th

Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm starting April 17th

Thursdays from 10-11:30 am, starting April 17th

This group is intended for those interested in starting a meditation practice and no prior experience is necessary.  Please see description below for more information about the benefits of a mindfulness
meditation practice.  To enroll in this group, please schedule an initial visit with the group leader, Meghann Gerber, by calling the Mental Health Clinic at (206) 543-5030.  Scheduling before the start of
spring quarter is recommended as these groups do fill up and close.

Mindfulness Meditation Follow-up is a group intended for those who have completed the beginning meditation training and are interested in continuing their practice in a group setting.  This group consists
primarily of a guided sitting practice that lasts approximately 45 minutes with some time for questions and discussion.  This group is offered on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 pm starting April 3rd.  If you would
like to enroll in this group, contact the group leader, Meghann Gerber, directly at (206) 221-7941 ormeghanng@uw.edu

Where:    All groups are held in the Mental Health Clinic on the 3rd floor of Hall Health Center                                                      

Who:      All are welcome: Students, staff, faculty and interested individuals from the community

Cost:    $43 per session for self-pay participants; if your insurance benefits include mental health services you may be able to get all or part of this service covered. You can check your
insurance coverage by calling your plan and asking about the coverage provided for CPT code 90853, which is “group psychotherapy” billed by Hall Health.

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Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

Do you struggle with repetitive, ruminative or self-critical thoughts?

Are you undermined by an inability to concentrate or focus?

Are you looking for a way to manage or cope with difficult emotions?

Mindfulness meditation is a practice that involves cultivating attention to the present moment in a nonjudgmental manner.  Over time this practice creates an internal awareness that allows us to be with
ourselves and others with a gentle, open attitude that is particularly helpful for disengaging from tendencies to criticize, ruminate, react or avoid.

The benefits of mindfulness meditation have been widely studied and there is substantial empirical evidence suggesting that regular practice is effective for:

?  Alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety

?  Increasing capacity for attention and concentration

?  Improving self-esteem

?  Enhancing resilience to stress

The beginning meditation course provides participants with materials, instruction and support for building and sustaining a meditation practice.  There is an at-home practice component that is essential for
deriving maximum benefits from the series.

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