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Mindfulness in conflict-zones

Mindfulness in PalestineThis is a personal account of the clinical work I did in the Palestinian Territories when working with an NGO. In my interventions I used mindfulness-based therapy with people who suffered from severe psychological distress due to the political conflict. Such interventions can be therapeutic and heal deep suffering, whilst offering clients coping strategies when possibly facing other traumatic events in a situation of ‘‘chronic emergency’’ such as the one that people have to face in a country that has been under military occupation for over 40 years. Using a case study approach, I discuss the intervention with two women, one suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the loss of her baby after being kept at a military check-point, and the other suffering from depression following the killing of her son. The mindfulness-based intervention allowed them to explore a therapeutic approach which helped them to overcome their symptoms and ‘‘get unstuck’’.

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