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 a 200 hr yoga certification and a 2 year meditation teacher certificate. I believe that mindfulness and meditation are the scrimmage grounds for the things we are working on in therapy. With mindfulness-based therapy, you will learn how to adopt a grounded, centered approach to life so that you can meet life with equanimity and grace. We practice pausing so that you can respond intentionally instead of react.

— Hannah Brents, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brookline, MA

To me, mindfulness is self-care. Check in with your system. What is happening cognitively, somatically, emotionally, and spiritually. Are those feelings in harmony with each other? Is there anxiety-causing conflict? What do you need to resolve the tension between those feelings? I can give you the tools to notice what your body, mind, and soul need in real time and respond appropriately.

— Diane Davis, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

Mindfulness-based therapy relies on a cultivation of the mind/body experiences when navigating your own experiences. Within reviewing self-care, social dynamics, personal thought processes, and basic needs such as sleep and eating habits, clients will use mindfulness-based stress reduction strategies. Within mindfulness-based therapy, clients will focus on self-imagery to visualize and conceptualize thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to current barriers and conflict resolution.

— Raphael Sayada, Psychotherapist in Gaithersburg, MD

We can be really mean to ourselves! Cultivating a nonjudgmental, self-compassionate approach to your thoughts and experiences helps to shift this energy towards healing.

— Annie Holleman, Psychologist in , 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 a core part of my treatment modality. I believe that awareness in the moment provides us the ability to be able to track our behaviors, and then from our behaviors we can explore and better understand why we take those actions. We can look at the mental narratives and core beliefs that lead to those actions, searching for ways to shift perspective and cognition to then create different actions and outcomes.

— Andrew Bentley, Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK

What we attend to grows. Working with mindfulness practices builds pathways in the brain and body that link us to sources of wellbeing. I will teach you about the practice of mindfulness as well as why mindfulness is important and how it works so you can explore which avenues of mindfulness are most effective for you.

— Heidi Gray, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Virtual sessions, CA

Mindfulness-based therapy is designed for people who suffer from repeated depression or chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of being here now with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. Recent research has shown that people who have been clinically depressed three or more times find that learning mindfulness-based skills help considerably reduce their chances of depression returning.

— Jennifer Hamrock, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA

I enjoy using mindfulness-based therapy with a variety of issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, self esteem, and trust.

— Michael Nolan, Therapist in New York, NY

I've been mentored in mindfulness meditation practices by clinical psychologist & Insight Meditation Society co-founder & Spirit Rock Meditation Center founder Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. & has also been a mindfulness student of clinical psychologist and Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. founder Tara Brach, Ph.D. Francesca has sat in silent retreat cumulatively for several months. I often integrate mindfulness teachings to help support ways of working with challenging experiences.

— Frances "Francesca" Maxime, Psychotherapist in Brooklyn, NY

Using mindfulness-based therapy, I aid clients with staying in the present moment. I do this by helping clients develop deep breathing skills, connecting with their senses, and body scans as well as other techniques.

— Isabella Bowers, Associate Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA

I use several mindfulness-based approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help you reduce suffering, create meaning, and honor values. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation will equip you with healthier strategies for coping with difficult emotions. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) will help you relate to yourself with the same kindness and compassion that you would show to a good friend.

— Regina Lazarovich, Clinical Psychologist in Scotts Valley, CA

Mindfulness therapy helps clients develop a deeper awareness of their thoughts, emotions, feelings, surroundings, and situations. Mindfulness-based therapies use meditation, relaxation, and awareness exercises to help focus on the present moment, aiming over time to experience everyday situations and stressors in nonjudgmental and non-reactionary ways.

— Kristi Cash White, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Dr. Shauna Shapiro, in her TED Talk "The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger," describes Mindfulness as "Intentionally paying attention to the present moment, with Kindness." Mindfulness is a cornerstone of my practice. In order to effect change in our lives, we first need to be aware that something is amiss. Mindfulness helps us to observe what is happening in This Present Moment, and to make effective choices about how to move forward.

— Lina Lewis-Arevalo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Philadelphia, PA

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

Often when we come from unsupportive, abusive, neglectful, or oppressive environments we learn to be unkind to ourselves. Often we are not even aware of extent of our own internalized oppression. Much of my practice surrounds use of Mindfulness. In order to to be kind to yourself you first have to be able to see the suffering for what it is. I will help you create a compassionate voice for yourself.

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