Most people tend to view meditations as some sort of religious practise. While this is true, meditation can also be negotiated to a secular or spiritual practise and without the engagements of religious tenets and dogmas. Today, the practise of meditation is acknowledged to be therapeutic and that the habitual practice of it can enhance a sense of well-being to the practitioner.
Meditative Psychotherapy involves sessions where participants, either individually or in a group are guided by a therapist to be engaged in some bodily and mental exercises. Breathe-work is often used and this brings about a sense of relaxed posture to the participants. A short lecture usually prepares the exercise and physical twist and contortions of body is not employed. Often times, the therapist will guide the participants in some sort of imagery and visualization work which is meant to relax and remove any tense or anxieties the participants may have.
The therapist is usually a qualified and trained person in the field of Counselling and/or Psychotherapy and his/her presence is required in case abreaction happens to one of the participants. Herein lays the difference between meditations as a secular and therapy path differs from that of the religious path. As a secular and therapy path, sessions can be involved with concentration, mindfulness, reflective, contemplative and centering styles of meditation.
Mediative Psychotherapy is "talk therapy" as against "medical therapy" and it is safe and without any serious side effects. Participants are usually encouraged to continue their practice daily and to keep a record log of the activity.