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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Did you know that you have 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts race through your mind per day? Do you know that 95% of those thoughts are the same thoughts rampantly running through your mind all day long and for some of us into the night!? Once you have the awareness of your thoughts you have the FREEDOM to choose to acknowledge, accept or disregard those thoughts. Thoughts are simply thoughts they are not right or wrong, good or bad.

— Lori Runge, Marriage & Family Therapist in Plano, TX

I began studying Yoga and mindfulness-based meditation nearly fifty years ago and have been using a mindfulness-based approach with my clients for more than fifteen years. I have utilized Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction practices with clients and with myself and have been a devoted student of Zen Buddhism since the 1980's. Mindfulness of body, breath, feelings, sensations, thoughts, impulses, energy patterns and environment are key to living a rich, full and meaningful life.

— Peter Carpentieri, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I have my own mindfulness practice and received training.

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

Mindfulness helps bring awareness to thoughts, emotional experiences, and bodily sensations, opens permission to let go of the pressure to follow through on every single thought, emotion, or sensation, and activates new neural pathways (neuroplasticity). With mindfulness practice, we can pause, observe, note, and return focus. Mindfulness and its bff self-compassion will help you encourage yourself and radically accept that things can be difficult and okay at the same time.

— Dianne Goetsch, Psychotherapist in , MI

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

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

Mindfulness can help create a sense of peace and connectedness to our inner selves, bodies, and surroundings that we often lose in our modern lifestyle. I love to help my clients connect with the present to find more meaning, joy, and healing within their lives.

— Heather Romero, Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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

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

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) 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.

— Adrian Scharfetter, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SACRAMENTO, CA

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

Mindfulness is a great tool that can help be more present within our lives. At times we can get caught up in a downhill spiral and it can be difficult to notice the time that passes and with that, the experiences that we would have wanted to present in. Through mindfulness, we discuss finding ways to be more present in all aspect whether it be mindful eating, setting up routines to help us throughout our day, practicing compassion, and noticing what we feel to help us stay present.

— Patricia Alvarado, EMDR Therapist, Psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have completed training in MBCBT and have taught relaxation and visualization classes for cancer patients and their families.

— Jill Gray, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Petersburg, 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

Mindfulness based therapy involves learning techniques to slow down your thoughts to manage the feelings of anxiety, overwhelm and negative self-talk. Mindfulness is a practice that brings awareness to yourself, your thought patterns and your behavior from a place of curiosity, compassion and openness. Through our work together you'll learn skills to practice a variety of mindfulness techniques to decide what works best for you at this time in your life.

— Elizabeth Sumpf, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

Mindfulness-based Therapy focuses on increasing awareness of the thoughts, feelings, and actions that can create road blocks in progress. Increasing awareness can allow us the space to engage with those aspects of ourselves, learn to tweak our language, and choose how to respond. Some mindfulness techniques that I use in sessions with clients are guided meditation, breathing, and different forms of movement like walking.

— Christina Rogers, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL