Train Your Brain:
Tinnitus Mindfulness Class
Peter Vernezze PhD
There is currently no method that can safely and consistently reduce the loudness of tinnitus. But that doesn't mean you are powerless. There is now a substantial body of evidence demonstrating the ability of mindfulness training to reduce tinnitus distress. I am a licensed therapist and qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the gold standard of mindfulness training, through the University of California at San Diego Center for Mindfulness--one of only two institutes in the U.S. able to certify teachers of MBSR.
A story about my own tinnitus appeared in the most recent issue of Tinnitus Today. Since being diagnosed with Tinnitus five years ago, I have come to embrace it as part of my daily life. Many have worse burdens, and I joyfully take on the challenge of living a full life with tinnitus. I have designed this course to address the needs of those who, like myself, are dealing with tinnitus. (This website is for the online class. If you want to work 1-1, please go to www.therapistwithtinnitus.com)
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment.
Four decades of research has demonstrated the effectiveness of mindfulness training in relieving stress, treating heart disease, lowering blood pressure, reducing chronic pain, improving sleep, and alleviating gastrointestinal difficulties.
How Train Your Brain Helps
Mindfulness is thought to work by changing the perception of negative experiences, making them less emotionally destructive. Practitioners are believed to become more aware and less preoccupied by physical or mental sensations as a result of mindfulness training. Avoidance is associated with tinnitus severity and distress. Acceptance, a key element of mindfulness, is the exact opposite of avoidance.
Tinnitus and Mindfulness
Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of mindfulness training in reducing tinnitus distress.
A 2019 systematic review found that a decrease of tinnitus distress scores occurred directly post therapy in seven moderate to high quality studies, with six of the seven studies showing a "statistically significant decrease in tinnitus distress scores directly after mindfulness training."
What to Expect
Each class will consist in a series of mindfulness practices including meditation, body scan, and mindful movement. In addition, students will receive guidance on their practice as well as exercises to help them apply these skills to their tinnitus.
Students will be expected to engage in 45 minutes of daily mindfulness practice. Listen to what past students had to say.
“The Mindfulness/Tinnitus class has been a lifesaver. I can now go on and enjoy my life even with Tinnitus. Thank you!
I am a licensed therapist and qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the University of California at San Diego Center for Mindfulness--one of only two institutes able to certify teachers of MBSR. Like you, I have tinnitus and understand your challenges and struggles.
Small Student/Teacher Ratio
I limit the class to 20 in order to preserve a personalized approach and provide individual feedback. Each week you will attend 1 session for 2.5 hours.
Special Introductory Price
For a limited time, the price of this 8-week class will be only $295. This is half the price of similar online mindfulness classes and is available only to those with tinnitus. A full refund is given if you withdraw before the second class.
1 Session/Week for 8 weeks
This live, online program, which meets for 2.5 hours once a week for eight weeks, will instruct you in a practice that has been demonstrated to reduce tinnitus distress. Next classes start:
Tuesday Jan 25th 5:30 pm PT/8:30 ET
Monday Feb 21st 3:30 pm PT/6:30 pm ET
A Tinnitus Community
Inspired by the belief that community is an integral part of healing, this course provides you the opportunity to learn alongside others with tinnitus in a class led by an instructor who himself has the condition.
Free Information Session
Starting Jan 10th, 2022, I will hold a free information session every Monday at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET. Click the link below to go to the zoom link. Questions? Contact me at email@example.com
Peter Vernezze LMSW, PhD
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