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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Neuroscience researchers say that most of us spend the majority of our time not paying attention and this makes us unhappy. I'll teach you ways to stay focused on what you enjoy so you can build the inner strength to notice what you are feeling and thinking and how to respond to life's challenges more mindfully. You'll be surprised at how learning to pay attention can help energize and enliven you!

— Jenn Zatopek, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Worth, TX

Mindfulness is my primary approach with client's because it is important to me that my clients really self-reflect and take the time to explore what their thought patterns are like. I have found it especially helpful for clients with autism, ADHD, and bipolar who experience high emotionality and connecting with their body can help to identify that emotion.

— Gulsanam Azieva, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Mindfulness is at the core of every client session in my practice. Every therapeutic intervention will pull from something mindfulness based to increase insight, decrease reactivity, and allow for acceptance.

— Alexandra Mejia, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

The core of mindfulness is to pay attention to the present without judgement. This can be very difficult. It can also be very rewarding. As you practice accepting your experiences of pain and loss, you can identify less with them and open yourself up to more kinds of experiences. Mindfulness-based therapies are essential to harm reduction and integration work.

— Peter Addy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I have used mindfulness techniques for many years and find them useful in settling in to the safe space where therapy happens most effectively. Genuinely being in our bodies is a rare experience in life today, and having that ability to "be where you are" can help us tap into our authentic selves more readily. This, in turn, helps us to ask for what we truly need and to be the person we truly are.

— Rocky Bonsal, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Charlotte, NC

I am credentialed in the Science and Practice of Wellbeing. Without judgement, I meet you where you are—wherever you are—and encourage you to expand your ideas of how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily living to improve your wellbeing. We collaborate to help you discover your strengths through reconstructing meaning in life, enhancing personal cultivation, and engaging in evidence-based techniques and practices that reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

— Lisa Rainwater, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winston Salem, NC

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

Knowing what we feel, how to name it, and where we feel it in our bodies makes us far wiser than when we feel our emotions take over uncontrollably. This may feel impossible to imagine, this may feel "hokey", yet our bodies send us signs and signal us just as basically as "butterflies in our stomach" or "hair standing up on our arms" signals us.

— Ami Lynch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arlington, VA

Is about learning how to being more mindful about how a person treats themselves and how they go through life. It is about reconnecting to the present moment and how to be compassionate and in acceptance of oneself.

— Celine Redfield, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I have training as a meditation and mindfulness teacher. I have been a practicing Buddhist now for over 25 years. That said, I only incorporate evidence-based mindfulness approaches into my practice. And as a former executive (now business owner), I also coach clients who need help with professional skills such as time management, project management, and managing people.

— Darrin Pfannenstiel, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Dallas, TX

I find the focus of mindfulness to be very helpful. By this I mean encouraging a client to pay attention to their thoughts and feelings as a way to be with them fully. When a person stops fighting against their thoughts and feelings, they have the space to begin to understand them, accept them, and let them go.

— Rene Laventure, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Bellingham, WA

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

With years of personal practice, I have first had experience of the variety of mental and physical benefits of mindfulness practice. Additionally, I have completed Jon Kabat-Zins 8 week training program, Search Inside Yourself mindfulness and leadership course together with various mindful schools trainings including mindful communication & mindfulness of emotions. I currently have a daily meditation practice and am excited to be completing my first 10 day silent meditation retreat in July.

— Krissy Moses, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winter Park, FL