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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Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Mindfulness therapy can help. I enjoy leading clients in brief guided meditations at the beginning of sessions in order to help them feel grounded for session. I am a certified yoga instructor and have been practicing yoga and meditation for about 20 years. I'd be happy to teach you the skills that I have learned so that you can have some tools under your belt that will help you feel more balanced in your daily life.

— Jennifer Leupp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that uses cognitive behavioral therapy methods in collaboration with mindfulness meditative practices. Like CBT, MBCT requires collaboration between therapist and client. We explores strategies to modify dysfunctional thoughts by using CBT skill building and using guided mindfulness in session. I will assign homework between sessions so you can practice what you learn in session at home.

— Mekeya Jama, Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis, MO

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, or MBCT, is designed for people who suffer from repeated bouts of depression or chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. MBCT helps people separate themselves from their thoughts and moods, and teaches them how to recognize their sense of being. It also aims to give participants the necessary tools to combat depressive symptoms as they arise.

— Julie Williams, Counselor

Are you an Overthinker? Mindfulness can be a great set of ideas and techniques to help calm and quiet the mind, in addition to many other issues. It is similar to CBT but with a little more specific emphasis on increasing self-awareness and being present in the moment, not in the past or the future. It has a deep relaxation element to it, which I have always tried to incorporate into so many areas of therapy and in my own life. It can also be useful for many sexual areas as well.

— Monte Miller, Psychologist in Austin, TX

I have my own mindfulness practice and received training.

— Ciara Bogdanovic, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Using mindful self-compassion, I work with you on a journey of self acceptance, body awareness, self-compassion and love, so you can be supported and affirmed as you are. Not everyone has the same door in to awareness and self-care. Let's learn more about what makes you tick, so you can feel understood and make more positive connections with others. You can do this! I can help.

— Rebecca Lavine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA

Mindfulness-based therapy 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. You will learn meditation techniques as well as basic principles of cognition, such as the relationship between the way you think and how you feel. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about your depressive condition.

— Jennifer Harvey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Livonia, MI

Trainings include: Mindful Awareness Practices I at UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at InsightLA Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Certificate from PESI

— Diana Siew, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

What we pay attention to shapes our experience. By working with my clients to notice their minds, their attention, they work with attention and mindfulness to show improvements in mental health and wellness outcomes, feel more equipped to manage stressful or anxiety-provoking events, and are able to more adaptively manage unwanted sensations between session.

— Joey Salvatore, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and curiosity. It has a variety of research-backed impacts, including reduction in stress, and improvements in job satisfaction, emotional regulation, and focus.

— Bella Oshry, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redmond, WA

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 is the 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. Mindfulness based therapy is helpful for those who struggle with anxiety, self confidence, stress, and just about anything else life throws at you. Simply put, mindfulness encourages and teaches us to fully live in the present moment.

— Christina Rogers, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

I use Mindfulness-based Therapy to guide the client in being more present with their thoughts and feelings and to approach them in a non-judgmental way. By increasing our awareness of our thoughts and feelings, we are better able to engage with aspects of ourselves, learn to shift our tone, and choose how to respond.

— Tara Pratt, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Mind Body Medicine tools are available to tap your wisdom and growth through a variety of experiences that I have participated in as a member and through workshops with Dr. James Gordon. Guided imagery, creative writing, drawing, looking inward and various types of meditation and mindful practices are available.

— Shannon Batts, Licensed Professional Counselor

Mindfulness has been a part of how I work with people for some time. The concept of mindfulness in therapy is crucial. With mindfulness comes grounding, certainty. The ability to practice it in daily life becomes just one part of how a person can begin to take control over what feels like automatic pilot. In sessions, clients learn different techniques to employ this intervention when feeling depressed or anxious. It allows for a deeper understanding of one's life experiences.

— Micah Hatchett, Counselor in , LA

After years in the trauma field, I found the science of well-being. Like trauma, flourishing doesn’t come through significant events. It’s shaped through tiny profound changes in our embodied sensing of information from moment to moment. I became a positive psychology practitioner & mindfulness teacher to help us both pay attention to those moments & consistently rewire ourselves for well-being. I will diagnose PTSD when needed. I’m just as likely to prescribe birth meditations or dance parties

— Sarah Kendrick, Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR

Mindfulness is the ability to live in the present moment, not in the past, or in the future. Mental health issues such as trauma is a good example of living in the past. Anxiety is usually caused by living in the future.

— Mi Cao, Licensed Professional Counselor in Clifton, NJ