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

— Chris Lombardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

Mindfulness can be included in therapy by following a specific mindfulness based therapy curriculum or by incorporating mindfulness based practices into therapy in other ways. For example, we might close a session with a meditation or you might learn coping skills that help you be more aware of what is going on both within your own body and around you.

— Regina Stiffler, Licensed Professional Counselor

From graduate school to the present, my training and work is focused on making sure that you are able to respond well in the "here-and-now". Mindfulness therapy is all about that. It's easy to think that you have to be an experienced meditator to be "mindful". This is not true! In my therapy, I teach you how to get the benefits of mindfulness in your everyday life, in practical, usable ways, so that you have the tools whenever you need them.

— Ellen Tarby, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

I have specialized experience in mindfulness and mindful self-compassion. I use mindfulness as a tool to help with variety issues, but mainly to help decrease stress and become more present and aware of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I take a basic approach to mindfulness that is easy for people to follow and practice, without having any experience in mindfulness or meditation in the past. I also work with people who are more experienced in mindfulness to use it to address issues.

— Joshua Manney, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA

Being a Zen teacher, mindfulness practice shows up in every area of my life--including work with therapy clients. I find there is no better way to get to know ourselves than the simple act of paying attention.

— Jesse Cardin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX

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

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, 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

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

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

With my history of treating anxiety, I feel a strong connection and success with use of Mindfulness Therapy approach. I feel the use of Mindfulness helps client remain in the here in now, which is often the trigger of anxiety.

— Alena Garcia, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

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

You are an individual who has many roles and sometimes your mental health (just like your physical health) might be pushed back. That is when we start to feel empty and we notice a shift into other areas of our life. Our time together can be the recharging for you to feel your best and continue to give back to all of your other roles--including to yourself--with more balance.

— Dania Uritskiy, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Often we can lose track of the little things happening in the moment and we get caught up in the content. I believe our minds and bodies are connected. Problems can often cause us physical discomfort as well. For example, anxiety may cause a tight chest and a headache for an individual. In sessions, i’ll ask what sensations are coming up when I notice tension. This allows people to slow down and regulate their minds and bodies. Clients gain a sense of self-awareness and emotional regulation.

— Samantha Schumann, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Mindfulness Based Therapy are techniques used to practice being in the moment. Recognizing your surroundings by slowing down in a busy world we live in. Paying attention to what is happening and not getting too distracted by outside situations. Leaning to accept oneself is an important component in becoming mindful. The tools used in becoming mindful create a healthy more grounded approach in life. One will learn the art of patience and gratitude by becoming present focused.

— Nancy Bortz, Therapist in Denver, CO

My expertise in mindfulness-based therapy comes from extensive study, personal mindfulness practice, and my own mindfulness-based therapy. I've run groups I called Mindfulness 101 in the past, and I'm always thrilled to discuss the basics of mindfulness. However, if the term is a turn-off, rest assured that the word 'mindfulness' may never come up in session. Instead, the practice will emerge as a growing curiosity and capacity to be in relationship with what is happening inside.

— Casey Black, Licensed Clinical Social Worker