Publication Date

Summer 2018

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Frederick Grieve (Director), Sally Kuhlenschmidt, Qin Zhao, and Crystal Bray

Degree Program

Doctor of Psychology in Applied Psychology

Degree Type

Doctor of Psychology


The aim of the current study was to examine client perceptions of the use of mindfulness activities in the therapeutic process. For this current study, 21 participants completed a seven-item demographic questionnaire, a 39-item Five-Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ), and a 10-item Mindfulness Experience Questionnaire. The present study investigated three research questions. Research Question 1 looked at how clients perceived the effectiveness of the use of mindfulness activities in therapy. The next research question examined how clients viewed the addition of mindfulness activities to be an acceptable treatment approach based on personal values and beliefs. The third research question for this study examined which facet(s) of mindfulness from the therapeutic process clients use the most in their lives. Results from this study showed the clients perceived the mindfulness activities as being effective for treating the presenting problem that brought them to therapy. Additionally, results from this study showed participants perceived the activities as being an acceptable form of treatment based on their individual values and beliefs. Participants from this study preferred therapy sessions that included mindfulness activities and would prefer more mindfulness activities in future sessions. Furthermore, participants indicated that mindfulness activities allowed them to form a relationship and share an experience with their therapists. Finally, based on the FFMQ, participants most frequently used the Observing facet over the other four facets and least utilized the Acting with Awareness facet.


Clinical Psychology | Counseling Psychology | Psychology