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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Many of the interventions that I utilize in session as well as offer clients to try on their own are mindful-based. This includes discussions on spirituality, purpose, and motivation. Mindful meditations and anxiety-reducing techniques are used frequently.

— Dr. Christina McGrath Fair, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Stuart, 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

I use therapeutic interventions which strive to integrate the mind-body experience to help clients understand and recognize how their body reacts to certain situations and emotions.

— Caitlin Minniear, Counselor in Seattle, WA

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 Gonzalez-Eiranova, Counselor in North Miami Beach, FL

I am a HUGE proponent of the benefits of mindfulness and have both personal and professional experience in its healing properties.

— Kori Loewe, Counselor in Detroit, MI

Mindfulness is about slowing down and paying attention to your experience in the present moment, becoming aware of the thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that may not be fully conscious in the day-to-day. When you practice adopting a nonjudgmental attitude to these thoughts and feelings, you can shift from ruminating on the past or trying to predict the future to being able to respond to the here-and-now with calm, grounding, and confidence.

— Al Hoberman, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a modified form of cognitive therapy that incorporates mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises. Using these tools, MBCT therapists teach clients how to break away from negative thought patterns that can cause a downward spiral into a depressed state so they will be able to fight off depression before it takes hold.

— Anne Caulley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redwood City, CA

At Camp MAGIK we incorporate mindful-based therapy. We have extensively measured the outcome of the inclusion of mindful-based therapy interventions at camp.

— Rene McClatchey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

Mindfulness helps you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, recognize what isn’t serving you, and fall in love with the beauty of the present moment. Mindfulness has been proven to reduce depression, anxiety, and rumination. Many people who practice mindfulness, both formally (in meditation) and informally (throughout the day) report feeling more calm, joyous, and connected.

— Emma Donovan, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

Feeling overwhelmed by multitasking or like your mind is running a mile a minute? I can teach you ways to relax your body and mind so that you can give yourself a break and enjoy just being in the present moment. Want to be more accepting and patient? Sounds impossible, doesn't it? Well, like learning a foreign language, the beginning steps can feel almost impossible at first, but with the right tools, practice and guidance, you can be fluent in mindfulness too!

— Lindsey Lowrance, Counselor in Lakewood, CO

Mindfulness is one of the core tools I use to work with clients to reclaim their body sovereignty. The ability to develop non judgemental body awareness is a strong foundation for this work.

— Sydney Bell, Psychotherapist

I have experienced the power of mindfulness and greater presence both in my personal life and with many clients. I try to incorporate mindfulness in small, easy-to-integrate ways in my work with clients.

— Dr. April Watts, Counselor in Boise, ID

Mindfulness is really about radical self-acceptance and self-compassion. In order to make change, it's crucial be able to get really curious about ourselves and our patterns, and to practice self-compassion. This can be particularly difficult when you tend to be perfectionistic and you've been taught to push through things. If this sounds really hard, I'd be curious to know how is the striving working for you? Do you have a constant sense of "not enough" or feeling like you're "too much."

— Patricia Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

Using mindfulness and meditation, we can allow ourselves to find calmness and focus on the present, which opens up space to process through confusion, anxiety, depression, and even anger.

— Heather Pierucki, Counselor in Honolulu, HI

Are you living with anxiety & stress, struggling just to make it through the day? Are you facing difficult life challenges or living with a loved ones addiction? Finding Peace Counseling Wellness & Yoga provides hope & healing when needed most. Specializing in Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. If you choose, gentle movement , mindfulness & breath work can be used to assist with managing symptoms.

— Karyn Bramanti-McGuire, Clinical Social Worker in New Port Richey, FL

You may be familiar with the statement which goes something like "living in the past causes depression, living in the future causes anxiety, living in the present brings peace and contentment." This is exactly what mindfulness-based therapy aims to help you do, to live in the present moment by releasing the past and letting go of your fears of the future.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kansas City, MO

Mindfulness occurs when we learn how to "be" through learning how to pay attention to our thoughts, feelings and body responses without judgment. When we learn and practice mindfulness skills we are better able to respond to life events and this allows us to be fully present in these events. Mindfulness therapy is also helpful in working through traumas and helping to create healthier ways to heal from past events. As an EMDR trained trauma therapist and yoga teacher I can help you heal.

— Marcy Humphrey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boise, ID

Mindfulness is living in the present, which could be learned to do. If we are living in the past, often it comes with depression. If we are living in the future, it often comes with anxiety. I’ll teach you to live in the present to optimize your happiness.

— David Wilson, Clinical Social Worker in Staten Island, NY

I have effectively utilized mindfulness personally and professionally to reduce emotional distress and dysregulation.

— Aimee Royer, Counselor in Peoria, IL

For several decades, the science has continued to show: enhancing our awareness of breath, body, thoughts and emotions can be the key to reducing stress and firmly establishing a solid ground beneath us towards healing, recovery, and increased positive emotions. I have over 20 years of experience and training in mindfulness approaches, which I integrate within a psychodynamic-relational frame when appropriate.

— Ben Greenberg, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in Athens, GA

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

Mindfulness is hugely beneficial for many mental health purposes. It can improve many psychological symptoms, including: attention problems, anxiety, depression, stress, trauma symptoms, and more! I am trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and am able to offer mindfulness coaching based on these mindfulness theories, philosophies, and practices. Together we can explore mindfulness theory and practice.

— Rebecca Bokoch, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I am trained in Mindfulness techniques and provide monthly Mindfulness sessions for teachers in a Baltimore City public school. This is a component of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and can be used as a building block for other DBT skills or as a standalone therapy for anxiety and depression.

— Evan Harris, Social Worker in Columbia, MD

I am trained and experienced in using mindfulness as a foundation for therapy and as an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, and more. I have used mindfulness methods effectively with both adults and adolescents.

— Corinne Allen, Associate Clinical Social Worker

Present-focused approach which provides the tools to help clients recognize habitual, unhelpful reactions to difficulty and learn instead to bring an interested, accepting and non-judgmental attitude to all experience, including difficult emotions, thoughts and behavior. This approach is used for most people, especially those who deal with chronic stress. It looks at the stress of living (especially with a chronic illness) and how it affects one's experience.

— Danielle Wischenka, Clinical Psychologist in Campbell, CA

While at the program, I combined my love of Buddhist and yogic philosophies with concrete DBT core mindfulness skills to develop a mindfulness curriculum for groups. I continue to integrate mindfulness techniques in individual sessions, as a solid mindfulness practice has been proven to relieve trauma symptoms. I was also a DBT therapist for my 6 years in the program, though I honestly find other modalities to be more helpful. That being said, I am always happy to teach skills upon request!

— Lara Dubowchik, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Highland Park, NJ