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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Mindfulness can help us to experience life in a different way. This shift in perspective can help us to reexamine our relationship to our own suffering.

— Andrew Conner, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR

Using mindful self-compassion, I work with you on a journey of self acceptance, body awareness, self-compassion and love, so you can be supported and affirmed as you are. Not everyone has the same door in to awareness and self-care. Let's learn more about what makes you tick, so you can feel understood and make more positive connections with others. You can do this! I can help.

— Rebecca Lavine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA

I am certified in Inner Resources for Stress a mindfulness based modality to support clients in being more in touch with their emotions, reduce avoidance, and improve sleep and well-being.

— Julie Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

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 use Mindfulness-based Therapy to guide the client in being more present with their thoughts and feelings and to approach them in a non-judgmental way. By increasing our awareness of our thoughts and feelings, we are better able to engage with aspects of ourselves, learn to shift our tone, and choose how to respond.

— Tara Pratt, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) helps clients get away from reacting and thinking about life events in a different way. MBT Instead of automatically reacting to life's challenges, clients learn to accept and observe what is happening in life.

— Cheryl Perry, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Charlotte, NC

I invite clients to practice engaging thoughts, feelings, and life experiences with increased curiosity, awareness and compassion, including building skills for recognizing and processing emotional/somatic experiences. We notice habitual patterns, practice shifting those patterns in ways that do not cause additional suffering, and consider ways to cultivate desired experiences. This may include (but does not always include) engaging in breathing exercises, meditation practice, and grounding.

— Dr. Luana Bessa, Psychologist in Boston, MA

Having a background of teaching yoga and mindfulness for 25 years I will weave these practices into my work with clients if this is something that they are interested in.

— Tara Parker, Psychotherapist in Glenview, IL

I have post-graduate training in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. This practice is strongly supported by research, and it can help not only to reduce stress, but to create a more compassionate and wise relationship to our own experiences, thoughts, and feelings. I also have a regular and long-standing personal practice in insight meditation.

— Patrick Grugan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one's attention in the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an approach to psychotherapy that uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods in collaboration with mindfulness meditative practices and similar psychological strategies.

— Christina Kafalas, Clinical Social Worker in Tempe, AZ

I access mindfulness techniques throughout multiple aspects of my therapeutic work when assisting clients in learning how to soothe their nervous system. I find these techniques to be particularly helpful when engaging in trauma-based integration therapy with clients.

— Sarah Rogers (Ferro), Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Malden, MA

Mindfulness is beneficial for increasing wellness in everyone's lives. The ability to live in the present moment and be cognizant of your emotions and thought processes brings stability. Mindfulness is proven to help prevent and reduce anxiety and depression, assist in processing trauma, and increase focus for those of us with ADHD. I love helping clients develop a mindfulness practice that fits their wellness needs.

— Kelly Cromer, Clinical Psychologist in Aurora, CO

Mindfulness-based therapy combines cognitive behavioral techniques with mindfulness strategies in order to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions in order to achieve relief from feelings of distress. You will learn meditation techniques as well as basic principles of cognition, such as the relationship between the way you think and how you feel. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about your depressive condition.

— Jennifer Harvey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Livonia, MI

Mindfulness techniques are something I use on a daily basis with my clients. Mindfulness includes so many ideas and concepts, from yoga to grounding. These techniques are so helpful in staying in the here and now, which is so helpful when anxiety thoughts are trying to convince us to think about a "what if" thought in the future.

— Danielle Wayne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID

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 am a firm believer in the power of mindfulness and meditative approaches to living to help us access deeper and more authentic parts of ourselves. Experiencing ourselves from this place helps us navigate life with a higher perspective, feeling more connected and open to deeper meaning in our relations

— Justin Fink, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hoffman Estates, IL

Mindfulness is the ability to live in the present moment, not in the past, or in the future. Mental health issues such as trauma is a good example of living in the past. Anxiety is usually caused by living in the future.

— Mi Cao, Licensed Professional Counselor in Clifton, NJ

You have probably heard that statement about how living in the past causes depression, living in the future causes anxiety, and living in the present can help to bring about a feeling of peace and contentment. Mindfulness-based therapy helps people to learn how to stay present and focused in the moment and to release the past and to let go of what may or may not happen in the future. Mindfulness-based therapy can include learning meditation techniques, learning to cue into what your body is telling your, breath work, movement, learning to ground, and to find ways to focus and be present with your thoughts.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA