Who am I?

My name is Esmarilda Dankaert and I am currently completing my Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I have a deep interest in the field of positive psychology, mindfulness, solitude, and integrative psychotherapeutic approaches. My BA Honours dissertation entailed the exploration of the relationship between mindfulness and eudaimonic wellbeing. Similarly, my masters research is on solitude and its relationship with adolescents' psychological health and wellbeing.I believe there is still a lot to be discovered around the solitude phenomenon and its role in promoting positive psychological health. In addition, during my psychology journey, I was introduced to the concept of integrative psychotherapy. The latter really resonated with me as I consider each therapeutic approach to be unique and each offering a specific domain of expertise. With the proliferation in psychological theories and therapy modalities, single-therapy systems are becoming old hat. There is no one therapeutic approach or intervention that is suited to all individuals. Also, with the rise in short-term, problem-focused therapy, previous long-term therapy approaches need to be revised and adjusted to the problem at hand. Thus, in order to maximise on the respective benefits that each approach offers, they need to be used in an interrelated fashion.

There is still so much to learn and absorb within the field of positive psychology and integrative practices (and even within the field of psychology at large).One way in which to deepen one's understanding of the field of psychology, as well as promote it, is via the dissipation of information. This website was created with the aim of doing exactly that...


What is Mindful Matters?

Mindfulness Matters is a website which I developed with the aim of sharing knowledge within the field of psychology. More specifically, sharing knowledge on aspects of mindfulness, solitude, integrated therapeutic approaches, as well as new developments within the field of positive psychology.


In the Wind

Mindful Matters is still in its development phase and will be updated soonest!

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