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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Learning to have an anchor in the present moment while life happens around us. We use the anchor as a place to come back to linked to the body of sensation as a here and now place of feeling. We stay linked to feeling as we let the artifacts of the mind splatter our canvas with both beautiful and disturbing color that we know will wash away and have no meaning after the next rain. We spend our life noticing and appreciating but reserving our energy to build our lives forward rather than reacting to what we see.

— Mark Holcomb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fair Oaks, CA
 

I utilize mindfulness for many of my clients who experience anxiety in different forms. This may look like deep breathing, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and learning to be in the present (often a combination of all of these!)

— Kellie Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

Mindfulness is the ability to live in the current moment and understand your limits and strength within that moment. We will work to change emotional patterns, thoughts, and behaviors through being mindful. You will learn about yourself and how you function best. You will learn how often you make decisions on a daily basis and work to maximize each decision moment. At times we will go to your past to understand at a greater depth why you feel, think, or behave a certain way. We will create threads from past experiences to current ones. This aids in your ability to be mindful and understand what is happening to you so you can change it in the moment.

— Lauren Rigney, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

Attend to limiting thoughts and how you experience them in the body, we'll gently address patterns in your life that have you stuck, uncovering strength, resilience and more personal freedom within.

— Julia Ward, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I use various techniques to bring awareness to the present moment to be able to explore emotions and different parts of ourselves more deeply.

— Jodi Lietz, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I have been teaching mindfulness for over a decade, first as a therapist and later also as a yoga teacher. It offers a strong foundation for all other therapeutic techniques. You don't have to take my word for it though, just consider trying it yourself.

— Jo Eckler, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX

I have enjoyed a mindfulness practice for the past 10 years, have taught self-compassion workshops and integrate mindfulness into my work with interested clients.

— Megan Zesati, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

Mindfulness helps us to slow down and be more present. This helps us to accept and understand our challenges and opportunities in a new way. In my work I incorporate mindfulness practices to help clients manage symptoms and increase their awareness of thoughts, behaviors and patterns that interfere with their goals.

— Caroline Biber, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Mindfulness is a way of helping people to be present and pay attention to their own experience, their thoughts, feelings, sensations, etc. The idea is that if you can be present, you can more easily take in "information" from the world without getting caught up in your own thoughts and judgments.

— Martha Uhl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA
 

I am a deep lover of yoga and meditative practices. I have also received training in trauma-sensitive yoga as well as a myriad of body-based therapies. This gives me the insight to help clients learn the language of their bodies.

— Erin Sanchez, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Kirkland, WA

I incorporate mindfulness techniques to support individuals in their interest in greater emotional regulation, pain relief, impulse control, and creating peace of mind. I practice mindfulness myself in my daily life and find it incredibly helpful.

— Sue Wilhelm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saint Louis, MO

To me, mindfulness is about being honest about what's true in the here-and-now rather than applying ideas about what "should" be. Together, we move past all the "shoulds" and work with the present moment to feel better and live more fully.

— Abigail Thompson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

Mindfulness therapy means firstly to have a daily mindfulness practice and to use what we learn from it to remain mindful, aware, during the difficult situations in life. In particular we become aware of our • thoughts “I must be stupid to do this”, • feelings: sadness, anger etc, • behaviour: aggression, withdrawing, doing a breathing exercise • physiological changes: fast breathing, weight in stomach, pins and needles, nausea.

— Kathy Hicks, Counselor in Whitehouse, TX

I incorporate mindfulness-based methods of Hakomi, Recreation of Self (RC-S), attachment work, and trauma resourcing. I have extensive training learning these modalities through on-going practice, supervision, and previous internship experience and training with Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.).

— Stuart Malkin, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Is about learning how to being more mindful about how a person treats themselves and how they go through life. It is about reconnecting to the present moment and how to be compassionate and in acceptance of oneself.

— Celine Redfield, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I have been practicing meditation for about 10 years, and I can personally attest to the benefits of a mindfulness-based practice. I have also studied and taken various mindfulness and meditation courses and seminars, as well as received certificates for its application. I typically utilize mindfulness-based therapy with clients who are experiencing anxiety symptoms. There are, however, a few misconceptions. You do not need to meditate to have a mindfulness-based practice. If you do meditate. You will think. A lot. It's normal. It means you're alive. If you fall asleep, it's ok. You can be mindful while you eat, walk, or sit on the beach. There's no set time limit. And mindfulness is not a cure all. I have found that it has been beneficial with clients suffering with anxiety (not trauma related), ADHD, and grief. I'm excited to continue to following research and taking classes to increase my knowledge and in turn better help my clients.

— Sheila Tucker, Counselor in Bluffton, SC

Being aware of our thoughts, patterns, and beliefs in a non-judgemental way gives us so much information about our core beliefs of ourselves and the world. Learning to lean into the present moment of what we are experiencing can often relieve us of symptoms of anxiety.

— Lindsay Bong, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Learning to have an anchor in the present moment while life happens around us. We use the anchor as a place to come back to linked to the body of sensation as a here and now place of feeling. We stay linked to feeling as we let the artifacts of the mind splatter our canvas with both beautiful and disturbing color that we know will wash away and have no meaning after the next rain. We spend our life noticing appreciating but reserving our energy to build our lives forward rather than reacting to what we see.

— Mark Holcomb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fair Oaks, CA

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 San Francisco, CA
 

Mindfulness simply means being aware of what's going on right now. Meditation, one form of mindfulness is what many of us are familiar with. Often images of sitting still for hours and myths of having a blank mind are associated with meditation and mindfulness practices. My approach to mindfulness and meditation is a practical one; our lives are so busy with thinking, that learning how to 'just be' or take some momentary space from our thoughts can be a useful therapeutic and life skill. I integrate mindfulness practices into most of the therapeutic work that I do. Whether you are new to the concept of mindfulness or have learned about it in other contexts, we can use mindfulness both in session and outside of session to work towards your therapeutic goals.

— Allison Karthaus, Psychologist in Boston, MA

I recently completed a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction certificate course and am excited to incorporate more mindfulness and somatic awareness into my therapy. I've found mindfulness practices to be extremely useful for clients in managing anxiety and coming back to the present moment when they are stuck in cycles of negative internal dialogue. I incorporate mindfulness into sessions but also offer suggestions for clients to take away and practice on their own.

— Megan Miller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , OR
 

Psychic suffering usually comes from people's discomfort with themselves -- their thoughts, moods, sensations, feelings, impulses, and actions. In Mindfulness-based therapy we create an environment which encourages curiosity and compassion, teaching you to observe and welcome what you are experiencing so you can develop presence and perspective rather than judging yourself or seeking escape.

— Katherine Friedman, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Mindfulness-based therapy uses techniques in mindfulness, meditation and self-awareness to help people manage their thoughts and emotions in order to feel relief from distressing symptoms and mood. I will teach you methods to become more present focused and mind-body centered. Mindfulness can be very effective in decreasing stress, improving general health, and improved emotion regulation.

— Melissa Kramer, Clinical Social Worker in Red Bank, NJ

Yes, at some point I will probably talk about mindfulness-based practices with you and even ask you to do a "homework" assignment that involves yoga, listening to a meditation app, or practicing staying in the present moment. If you are avidly against any of this, I will totally respect that. Current research supports the use of mindfulness for the treatment of depression, anxiety. etc. Focusing on the here and now helps individuals become aware of their negative thoughts, acknowledge them without judgment, and realize that these thoughts are not accurate reflections of reality.

— Kelifern Pomeranz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Menlo Park, CA
 

Being mindful can make it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, help you become fully engaged in activities, and create a greater capacity to deal with adverse events. Many individuals report greater resiliency and deeper self-compassion. I've been fortunate to study with some amazing individuals in the field including Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. I love helping others nurture their strengths and own inner wisdom with mindfulness.

— Nicole Craig, Licensed Professional Counselor in Milwaukie, OR

Being mindful is so important to every day living. We explore how one feels — what he/she sees, feels, hears, tastes, smells — today, right here and now, and how living in the moment makes a difference in one’s life and one’s perspective.

— Amy Shore, Counselor in Sugar Land, TX
 

Mindfulness therapy means firstly to have a daily mindfulness practice and to use what we learn from it to remain mindful, aware, during the difficult situations in life. In particular we become aware of our • thoughts “I must be stupid to do this”, • feelings: sadness, anger etc, • behaviour: aggression, withdrawing, doing a breathing exercise • physiological changes: fast breathing, weight in stomach, pins and needles, nausea.

— Kathy Hicks, Counselor in Whitehouse, TX

I love mindfulness therapy. It is really a game changer. I read about mindfulness and implement it in individual and group therapy sessions as well as in my own life.

— Cindy Athey, Counselor in Clearwater, FL
 

I use mindful self compassion to work with clients to practice self compassion, self love and self forgiveness. I have been using this in my practice with multiple clients and have taken classes to learn to be more effective at teaching and processing with my clients to practice self love. Mental illness and gender dysphoria can be difficult to deal with at times and I really want my clients to practice kindness to themselves during their difficult moments.

— Katie Leikam, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA
 

Most of us spend a lot of time in our heads, thinking about the past (pains, regrets, upsets, frustrations, shoulds, etc.,) or about the future (all of the unknowns and what ifs that we are trying to plan for). Each of these creates feelings of anxiety, depression, and anger. On top of that we are constantly creating our own narrative about our experiences instead of actually experiencing them. Mindfulness-based therapy focuses on training people to be more present and connected in their life. Living more for the moment and letting go of judgments and managing our thoughts and feelings in a more balanced way.

— Jolene Feeney, Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I use a wide variety of meditative and trance related interventions in sessions as useful.

— Mike Doogan, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I bring over 13 years experience as a registered yoga teacher working with individuals to feel calm and at ease through breathing, gentle movement and present-moment focus. I have taught mindfulness for preteens/teens in schools for 4 years.

— Jacquelyn Richards, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA