Mindfulness-based Therapy

Mindfulness-based approaches to therapy lead with mindfulness, promoting the practice as an important part of good mental health. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training. Simply put, mindfulness encourages and teaches us to fully live in the present moment. Through the practice of mindfulness we can learn to be present with our thoughts, emotions, relationships, and problems – and the more present we are, the more workable they become. It’s not about “positive thinking,” – it’s about not taking negative thoughts so seriously. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s mindfulness-based therapy experts today.

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I have received training and certification in conducting Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBTC) and find it a wonderful compliment to CBT. Even after we learn to identify patterns of distorted thinking, they don’t simply go away. You’ll use MBTC techniques to help you distance yourself from these self-defeating thoughts and disempower them. You’ll learn the vital skill of emotional self-regulation, and you’ll develop a kinder, less judgmental way of seeing yourself.

— Stephanie Clark, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL

I work with clients who have used various forms of dissociation to control their overwhelming experience. When the body has been a source of pain – physical and/or emotional – we retreat into one escape and another. Mindfulness is a set of tools for reconnecting with our present experience and gaining vital information about what it is to be alive and uniquely ourselves. And as we learn to tune in to our beingness in all its messiness, we begin to get in touch with joy and meaning and purpose.

— Bob Fischer, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy builds upon the principles of cognitive therapy by using techniques such as mindfulness meditation to teach people to consciously pay attention to their thoughts and feelings without placing any judgments upon them. A primary assumption of cognitive therapy is that thoughts precede moods and that false self-beliefs lead to negative emotions such as depression and anxiety.

— Alina Halonen, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Beverly Hills, CA

I have a 20 year mindfulness meditation practice that I bring with me to my clinical practice. My training placed a large emphasis on the benefits of a meditation practice, not only to the practitioner (therapist), but also to their clients. I use this approach to help my clients become more aware of their thoughts and bodily sensations, and the connection between them.

— Alejandro Rodriguez, Mental Health Counselor in Lake Mary, FL

I like to incorporate the benefits of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in therapy as a means to help manage a wide range of situations. Mindfulness, the state of being in the present moment and non-judgmental of your emotions/current state, can be a vital component of effectively and positively managing symptoms and developing adaptive coping mechanisms. My mindfulness approach involves Conscious Breathing, Guided Imagery and Meditation, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, and much more.

— Dakota Fidram, Associate Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

What if you could be kinder to yourself instead of beating yourself when you're down? What if you could meet yourself with grace rather than criticism? Through the art of mindful self-compassion, you can build a greater capacity for self-love and empathy for others.

— Allison Doyle, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Mindfulness is a state of consciousness where you simply track your experience moment by moment with as little judgment as possible. Relatively new to the West, mindfulness and its applications (medication, yoga, tai chi...) have been practiced in the East for centuries. In my sessions, we use mindfulness all the time in order to study our experience and dip into the unknown.

— Chris Tickner, PhD, MFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

This looks like tools including but not limited to meditation to orient ourselves to the present moment. I offer practice in session as well.

— Michelle Desmond, Clinical Social Worker

I've been using mindfulness as a therapeutic tool since I first started working with clients. I incorporate awareness of self into all of the therapy that I do, providing a space for clients to slow down and listen to themselves and others. I believe that being curious instead of judgmental about the what and how of an experience, including our physical reactions, allows us to gain valuable insight for healing. I've also taught other clinicians how to use these methods in couples therapy.

— Lee Padden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Temecula, CA

You don't know how it happens but you spend the majority of your day and most days of the week worrying. The constant 'what ifs' stress you out so much that you avoid taking care of your responsibilities. You feel paralyzed about what to do. You're tired of feeling tired. All you want is to be able to take back control of your mind. You'd much rather spend your time enjoying the moment and feeling relaxed. Most of all, you're ready to face life with more confidence. I can help you get there.

— Bryan Gower, Licensed Professional Counselor

I believe a connection between the body and the mind is integral to promoting overall wellness. I incorporate mindfulness-based therapeutic techniques throughout session to assist connecting the body and mind together and create more regulation within the nervous system (while learning about and understanding the biological fight/flight responses).

— Lauren Trifunovich, Psychotherapist

I always integrate aspects of Mindfulness into my sessions. Mindfulness teaches us to accept our thoughts and emotions, reducing feelings of guilt, self doubt, and confusion. We often are too focused on either the future or the past, ignoring what is happening in the here and now. Mindfulness brings us into the present and allows us to refocus and relax.

— Katie DeVoll, Counselor in New york, NY

My approach to therapy and to life is deeply respectful of the mind/body connection. I am a long time mindfulness meditator and for many years have sought out ways of integrating this valuable resource into my work as a therapist. In session I direct you to “check-in” with your system in ways that will help inform our work. This involves focusing on the breath, thoughts, images, and noticing what’s happening with your body.

— Cherie Mills, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

I incorporate mindfulness-based approaches into sessions and into any 'homework' suggested for outside of session. Tuning in to your breath and body can be key in helping learn how to moderate inner reactions to stressors, identify patterns, and decode triggers.

— Heather Lenox, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Trainings include: Mindful Awareness Practices I at UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at InsightLA Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Certificate from PESI

— Diana Siew, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Like any illness, mental health struggles affect both the mind and body and thus, treatment should be tailored to treat both. Mindfulness allows a more holistic approach, incorporating the body, senses and the mind to treat maladaptive responses. Mindfulness has been particularly useful for me when treating anxiety as the breathing exercises can help a client feel more relaxed and able to then engage in other interventions.

— Anthony Polanco, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

In my work with you, I assist with mindfulness based practices that are intended to reconnect you with your body. If you've ever experienced "forgetting to eat", chances are, you may have not been mindful of your body's hunger cues, and were distracted by other things. Sometimes you may find your muscles tensed up or that you're grinding your teeth and not sure why. I offer guidance on becoming in tune with your body and mindful of factors that may affect your body's responses.

— Rebecca Brown, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Mindfulness helps paying attention to one's thoughts, feelings and somatic experience without placing any judgments upon them. It's a helpful method of dealing with difficult thoughts and emotions in order to transform them.

— Dr. Nadia Thalji, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA