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 my own mindfulness practice and received training.

— Ciara Bogdanovic, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

What is mindfulness? It's being able to release those intrusive thoughts and tell them to go kick rocks.

— Léah Ferreira, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Crescent City, CA

I practice therapy by incorporating awareness, mindfulness, coping skills and exploring what works for you. I've had training in Trauma informed Yoga, Sleep issues, Substance Misuse, Attachment issues and more. I am a strong learner.

— Anita Van Dyke, Counselor

I am a certified teacher with InsightLA, where I teach mindfulness meditation & every day mindfulness life practices. Mindfulness, as the practice of returning the mind's attention again & again to the present moment, to the truth of what's actually happening, away from the stories our mind's tell us about what's happening, can be a powerful tool for personal peace. Whenever it's helpful & welcomed by my clients, I am happy to share & provide a variety of mindfulness practices.

— Lara Plutte, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

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

In today's society, persistent stress and busyness are often seen as a badge of honor, but these unrealistic expectations can be extremely depleting and lead to fatigue, anxiety, depression and even physical illness. I'm have extensive training in mindfulness, relaxation and other techniques to allow you to say good-bye to the overwhelm for good and find your harmony!

— Cathy Ranieri, Licensed Professional Counselor in chicago, IL

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

Awareness of the automatic habits of your mind is central to any process of psychological change, and mindfulness-based approaches are the quickest way to build this skill. My approach to mindfulness comes from both professional training, personal study, and a daily mindfulness meditation practice that I have kept for the past four years.

— Dr. Aaron Weiner, Clinical Psychologist in Lake Forest, IL

Regrets and worries can stall our growth in life. We need not be in denial- yet rooting our experience in the present is our only means of connection with ourselves and the world. Knowing our current thoughts and feelings as we experience them. I have studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, a proven method for successful treatment for various symptoms of panic and anxiety. I can assist in Breathing Meditation, Walking Meditation, Yoga, and Body Scan, as well as Mindful Eating experiences.

— christine loeb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

Are you an Overthinker? Mindfulness can be a great set of ideas and techniques to help calm and quiet the mind, in addition to many other issues. It is similar to CBT but with a little more specific emphasis on increasing self-awareness and being present in the moment, not in the past or the future. It has a deep relaxation element to it, which I have always tried to incorporate into so many areas of therapy and in my own life. It can also be useful for many sexual areas as well.

— Monte Miller, Psychologist in Austin, TX

Mindfulness provides many benefits that can often be overlooked in our busy and frenetic world. Rather than focusing on the anxious thoughts of what the future may hold, or depressive ruminations about the past, mindfulness continually brings us back to the present moment, to the breath, to NOW. This simple concept, routinely and deliberately applied, produces relief from living everywhere but in the current moment. In conjunction with other effective treatments it can truly help.

— Doug Aucoin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I have found that the act of changing your worrisome thoughts comes from learning how to separate who you are - your consciousness - from your thoughts. It is easy to believe that we ARE our thoughts because they are so automatic. When we start the practice of watching thoughts, we learn that we can have all kinds of thoughts without reacting to them.

— Jeanie Vetter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oceanside, CA

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that uses cognitive behavioral therapy methods in collaboration with mindfulness meditative practices. Like CBT, MBCT requires collaboration between therapist and client. We explores strategies to modify dysfunctional thoughts by using CBT skill building and using guided mindfulness in session. I will assign homework between sessions so you can practice what you learn in session at home.

— Mekeya Jama, Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis, MO

What we pay attention to shapes our experience. By working with my clients to notice their minds, their attention, they work with attention and mindfulness to show improvements in mental health and wellness outcomes, feel more equipped to manage stressful or anxiety-provoking events, and are able to more adaptively manage unwanted sensations between session.

— Joey Salvatore, Counselor in Bethesda, MD

As a yoga instructor with over 20 years experience practicing meditation and mindfulness, I value the mind-body connection and how it impacts our thought process in addition to our emotional and physical responses.

— Lauren Emes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Mindfulness is a method of becoming more aware of yourself and your environment. You notice your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in a nonjudgmental way. Mindfulness is always set in the present moment because that is the only time you can consciously direct your awareness moment by moment.

— Celia Tatman, Counselor

Mindfulness Self Compassion Coaching This path explores a deeper aspect of yourself, The mindfulness approach has a large psychoeducational aspect along with weekly meditation assignments related to your goals. In our sessions we will discuss your mediation or mindfulness assignment, I will have teaching to share and then discuss how you can and did apply these skills to YOUR life. We still have your goals and concerns we address weekly or biweekly.

— Christina Spinler, Psychotherapist in Tulsa, OK