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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There's so much noise in the world, and we spend so much of our time being absent-minded. When this leeches into our relationships, it's a problem. Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, without judgment. I help my clients to slow things down, focus their attention on the sensations in their own body as well as explore what's going on with their partner. Being present is a gift we can give to our partners that doesn't cost a cent- just takes some practice.

— Mark Cagle, Counselor in Dallas, TX

Mindfulness is in the sweet spot of what I love most about psychology: it's where neuroscience intersects with spiritual practice. In the last few decades there has been an explosion of research into why meditation practice helps us live more connected, grounded lives. I like to teach mindfulness techniques to help develop metacognition (thinking about what and how we're thinking), self-esteem, and emotion regulation.

— Duff Stoneson, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Austin, TX

I have extensive experience facilitating mindfulness-based treatment groups on topics such as depression management, stress and anxiety management, and self-compassion. I regularly incorporate mindfulness into my clinical work, and I believe strongly that my own ongoing, personal practice of mindfulness is crucial to doing this work. Admittedly, I grapple with recognizing the value mindfulness holds for well-being while also being aware of the cultural appropriation associated with this concept.

— Kate Czar, Psychologist in Austin, TX

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 Sacramento, CA

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 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

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

I feel the antidote to this busy, anxious society we live in is to return to the present moment. I include guided experiences and practice of mindfulness to increase the experience of peace.

— Craig Beeson, Psychologist in Santa Cruz, 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

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 Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I have taught courses on Mindfulness as well as utilize it as a therapeutic tool.

— Khloe Clawson, Counselor in Seattle, WA

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. Though originally developed to address recurrent depression, MBCT may be beneficial to people seeking treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns.

— Jamie Fister, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mission Viejo, CA

I believe that being more mindful in your life can help you be aware of your patterns. I like to help clients become more grounded and aware of how they walk through life. I like to incorporate meditation and visual exercises in a peaceful environment.

— Samira Soroory, Counselor in Irvine, CA

Mindfulness connects you to this present moment and helps to keep anxiety and depression from ripping you out of the here and now. It protects you from getting lost in fears about what's behind or ahead. Mindfulness allows you to reconnect with your senses and this moment, free from judgment and worry.

— Erin Grasmeyer, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

I have been utilizing mindfulness meditation since 2008, and have attended workshops on mindfulness as well as mindful eating specifically. I think it is important to start from the beginning and acquire a mindfulness practice before applying mindfulness skills to eating. I help clients make mindfulness meditation work for them, for their unique schedule, unique thinking patterns, and eventually unique eating habits. Mindfulness is about awareness, openness, curiosity, not about doing it “right”

— Emma Doerner, Counselor in Seattle, WA