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.

Meet the specialists

Mindfulness in therapy allows us to notice our patterned responses, slow down, and get more in tune with our internal and external experiences both in and out of the therapy room. I have been personally practicing and guiding others in meditation for the last 5 years.

— Stephanie Podasca, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I began studying Yoga and mindfulness-based meditation nearly fifty years ago and have been using a mindfulness-based approach with my clients for more than fifteen years. I have utilized Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction practices with clients and with myself and have been a devoted student of Zen Buddhism since the 1980's. Mindfulness of body, breath, feelings, sensations, thoughts, impulses, energy patterns and environment are key to living a rich, full and meaningful life.

— Peter Carpentieri, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I have an extensive background in mindfulness-based modalities, in particular, yoga. My style of therapy utilizes the gentle, restorative postures of yin yoga as a vehicle for transformation. For deep and lasting change we must treat the whole person: body, mind and soul. Yoga and psychotherapy are the dream team that makes this possible.

— Kerry Ogden, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I offer mindfulness-based therapy to help you strengthen your self-awareness, i.e. of your internal dialogue, thoughts, images, sensations, feelings, and ultimately, experiences. It is beneficial, although often difficult initially, to practice paying attention to the present moment in order to not only relieve tension and stress, but also become more conscious of one's internal experiences and process emotions/sensations.

— Krystal Ying, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

The way that mindfulness therapy works is that it trains you to react to things differently. It involves changing your cognition of the way that events are occurring. Instead of automatically responding to events in your life, you can learn to observe them simply. It is important to avoid reacting to incoming stimuli right away. Instead, you can simply accept what is happening and observe it.

— Brittany Hewitt, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I currently practice a form of mindfulness called "metta". It can be translated as mindfulness of loving kindness, or just plain loving kindness. I believe this has greater value as a therapeutic tool than most mindfulness based therapy, because it tends to make people happier. I also practice Vipassana - insight oriented therapy. The noting form of vipassana leads directly to psychodynamic material.

— Etan Ben-Ami, Clinical Social Worker

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

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.

— Francesca Maxime, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

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

Several years of practice experience helping individuals to declutter and simplify their lives, through teaching mindfulness based techniques of Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Grounding skills to be present in the here and now.

— Kerrian McKay, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arlington, VA

I have been practicing mindfulness personally and professionally for 10 years. I have taken and co-facilitated a few Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses. I use mindfulness with many of my clients, both formally (e.g., meditation) and informally (daily life mindfulness). I see it as a general approach to life. Mindfulness, to me, consists of multiple parts: awareness, acceptance, kindness, compassion, curiosity, and non-judgment. I can help you enhance any or all of these.

— Alice Rizzi, Clinical Psychologist in Brooklyn, NY

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

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

Accepting you. Teaching you to be present through practices of meditation. Learning to observe instead of simply responding.

— Nicole Moberg, Therapist in Saint Peter, MN

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