MMT helps clients: a) clarify life values, and b) gain the ability to experience the moment – including negative emotions and cravings/urges – without feeling compelled to engage in behaviors that can interfere with lives that feel fulfilling.
MMT also targets risk factors for dysregulated behavior, such as lack of pleasurable/fulfilling life experiences, difficulty living according to personal values, and difficulty with relationships.
MMT includes a strong focus on the therapeutic relationship, with intensive validation by the therapist and a balanced focus on acceptance and change. MMT can be customized to fit each client's specific needs and dysregulated behavior(s).
Clinical trials of MMT have shown significant decreases in:
- alcohol use
- drug use
- acts of anger/aggression
- acts of binge eating
- compulsive checking behavior
MMT has been conducted:
- in individual and group formats;
- with women and men;
- with clients who have co-occurring depression, PTSD, borderline personality disorder (or strong features), social anxiety, and other anxiety disorders.
Preliminary results also show improvements in: trauma symptoms, depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, anger/hostility, borderline features, smoking, and mindfulness difficulties.