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 been meditating for over 20 years now. Meditation changed my life. My entire education from day one of my undergraduate studies, including a 3 months stay in a Buddhist monastery, has been focused on understanding how meditation is used to heal. Mindfulness, is just part of this ancient contemplative practice that has been developed for thousands of years. I use mindfulness and self-compassion as a basis for learning how to get our needs met, whatever they may be.

— Sabrina Basquez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greensboro, NC

Somewhere in the midst of therapy, everyone has a deeper voice that wants calm, compassion and gentle acceptance. By using guided meditation, music, instruments and/or soothing words of encouragement, I love to delve into this practice to allow my clients to leave session in a more peaceful and still engaged state of being. Within this realm, they can grasp their essential truth take-away and in essence "heal themselves".

— Laurie Richardson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

Mindfulness-based therapy is integral to healing from traumas and other presenting issues. It allows us to slow down and bring awareness to the present. When done with a therapist, this provides the opportunity to address difficult subject and emotions that may come up in a safe way. Additionally, training to be more mindful allows us to be more present in our daily lives and self-regulate ourselves.

— Jordan Nodelman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilton Manors, FL

Mindfulness-based therapy is a technique that uses focus, grounding, and present-moment awareness to calm anxiety, increase concentration, and allow you to develop skills to manage distress, anxiety, boredom, irritability, and other irritating emotions. Mindfulness doesn't just mean meditation. I use several techniques to help find the mindfulness skills that work best for you.

— Stacy Andrews, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

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

Nova Mental Health Services creates a unique treatment plan for our clients but use these three treatments often. We use mindfulness often in treatment as we believe in the importance of intention and using body signals to help us connect to our feelings.

— Tayler Clark, Clinical Social Worker in Shorewood, WI

Guided meditations, mindfulness, wide range of types of mindfulness.

— Chris Lombardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

I participated in an 8 week course for Mindful Self-Compassion which was developed by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. .

— Mary Ann Wertz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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

As a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), I love incorporating a variety of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practices into my therapy. Yoga and mindfulness completely transformed my life and being able to share that with others is incredibly rewarding!

— Charlotte Pennington, Psychologist in Lakeway, TX

Mindfulness refers to a process that leads to a mental state characterized by nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment experience, including one's sensations, thoughts, feelings, and the environment, while encouraging openness, curiosity, and acceptance. By experiencing the present moment nonjudgmentally can effectively counter the effects of stressors, because excessive orientation toward the past or future when dealing with stressors can be related to feelings of depression and anxiety.

— Rebeca Melendez, Counselor in Coral Gables, FL

Mindfulness is at the core of both my personal and professional life so I often rely on it in sessions as a means of grounding and starting off on a stable foundation. It is only when we are able to observe our ego structures as separate from ourselves, be present in our bodies, and open to this moment that we can start to accept reality and begin to make changes.

— Adrianne Melton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

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

We will incorporates mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises into cognitive processing. Using these tools, you will learn to break away from negative thought patterns that can cause a downward spiral into a depressed state so you will be able to fight off depression before it takes hold.

— Katelin Wagoner, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Noblesville, IN

My training in mindfulness began 15 years ago as I participated in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training as taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn, which lead to various contemplative and meditative practices in my personal journey. I received further training in mindfulness as I taught the practices with court ordered individuals who struggled with addiction, anger, and impulse control. Also in graduate school I researched the impact of mindfulness on anxiety in high school students.

— Marc Heuser, Counselor in Golden, CO

Practicing mindfulness to get a better understanding of an authentic bodily answer

— Dylan Johnson, Associate Professional Counselor

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

Learn coping skills to reduce suffering while understanding the connection between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Using this modality, you can break away from negative thought patterns and habits. Mindfulness is becoming aware of the present moment without judgement. Using mindfulness techniques like grounding skills, breathing techniques, yoga, and guided meditations in session you can learn to observe the world around you and within you with less judgement and more compassion.

— Kristie Powell, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL