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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The core of mindfulness is to pay attention to the present without judgement. If you have chronic pain or other chronic illness, this can be very difficult. It can also be very rewarding. As you practice accepting your experience of pain and illness, you can identify less with it and open yourself up to more kinds of experiences. Mindfulness-based therapies are essential to redefining your pain.

— Peter Addy, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

Mindfulness is being fully present with awareness of what you're doing and feeling without being overly reactive. I believe we all practice mindfulness to a certain degree, but that it can be cultivated and used regularly and even naturally. It requires practicing meditation; think of it as learning a new language of communication with your self.

— Lauri Shedd, Clinical Social Worker in St Louis, MO

We are busy! We live in a world full of demands. Digital devices have created a need for instant gratification in our society. I find, for most of my clients, learning to slow down and focus on the present moment can relieve many issues. I will work with you to develop tools and strategies that make sense in your daily life.

— Shiloh Werkmeister, Counselor in Troy, MO

I teach Mindful Self-Compassion, meditation and mindfulness practices to clients who are interested in exploring these areas. I do not practice from any particular cultural or religious standpoint, but rather from a place of realizing the power of staying in the present moment.

— Christy Merriner, Therapist in , 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

No single method of psychotherapy works for everyone. I use an eclectic approach based on an individual's unique concerns informed by past experiences and current therapy goals.

— Tina Gutman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Bloomfield, MI

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

I am trained in Mindfulness techniques and provide monthly Mindfulness sessions for teachers in a Baltimore City public school. This is a component of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and can be used as a building block for other DBT skills or as a standalone therapy for anxiety and depression.

— Evan Wilson, Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

Do you have an inner critic that condemns your every shortcoming? Does it scold and berate you for every mistake? Let me help you tame your inner critic using techniques based on mindfulness and self-compassion.

— Tammy Cover, Counselor in Magnolia, TX

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 Hilton Head Island, SC

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

Many of the interventions that I utilize in session as well as offer clients to try on their own are mindful-based. This includes discussions on spirituality, purpose, and motivation. Mindful meditations and anxiety-reducing techniques are used frequently.

— Christina McGrath Fair, Counselor in Port St. Lucie, FL

I utilize and teach clients relaxation techniques, brief meditations and guided imagery to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and provide an overall better sense of wellness.

— Felicity Colangelo, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, ME

I have been practicing mindfulness and meditation for over five years. I have participated in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and have attended trainings and educated myself on the methods and benefits of mindfulness. I can help you become more aware in the present moment in order to positively influence your mood, mental health, and relationships.

— Tatiana Garcia, Licensed Professional Counselor in Carlstadt, NJ

I was trained in mindfulness approaches throughout my graduate training and have continued to hone this skill throughout my career with additional specialized training. I have completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program. I have offered several Mindfulness groups for my clients over the years. I commonly integrate mindfulness in to my sessions with clients.

— Lindsey Brooks, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

I teach 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to adults, as well as a modified version to kids, teens, and families. I also use mindfulness with almost all of my clients.

— Laura Chackes, Clinical Psychologist in Creve Coeur, MO

A mindfulness approach in therapy offers an enlivened and embodied presence inside the therapy room as well as outside -- using expressive arts, movement, talk therapy, nature, narrative therapy, etc. Mindfulness techniques are an accessible and creative path to wakefulness which paves the way for a richer life of acceptance, healing, change, wholeness and self-expression. Mindfulness can be combined with cognitive or somatic techniques, which I always approach with a trauma-informed framework.

— Caroline Gebhardt, Associate Professional Counselor in Decatur, GA

Mindfulness training has many benefits. My training in mindfulness began in my interest in spirituality and developed further in my study of Dialetheic Behavior Therapy. I find mindfulness and the self-awareness that comes with it as a critical component of an individual’s journey toward healing.

— Rita Snider, Social Worker in Wichita, KS

Besides my degree being focused on mindfulness-based practices and therapy, I have been practicing mindfulness meditations for around 19 years. I am a certified Meditation Instructor through Naropa University.

— Todd Thillman, Counselor in Lafayette, CO

I have been working with mindfulness practices for myself and teaching clients for about 8 years. Mindfulness practices have the power to loosen the control our thoughts have on us and give us more freedom to make choices.

— Cindy Gordon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

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

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 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

Mindfulness-based therapy involves bringing awareness to what is arising in the moment with an open, curious and accepting attitude. I can guide you to slow down the racing thoughts of your mind so that you can develop more awareness of your internal and external experience and dive beneath the content of your story. These practices can help you gain both insights and skills to better cope with life’s challenges.

— Jessica Youseffi, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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 North Bend, OR

Mindfulness is a big buzz word right now but many ask me what it is. Mindfulness is learning to live in the moment, learning how to enjoy what you are experiencing right now. With this approach we can easy anxieties, lessen the effects of depression and calm our anger.

— Lisa Dyck, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

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

As a trained Dialectical Behavior Therapy practitioner, I have utilized mindfulness based approach to each client that enters my door. I have experience guiding mindfulness therapy groups, and providing mindfulness strategies to professionals.

— Michelle Smith, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

I have been trained in MBCT and enjoy helping clients resolve mental health issues through a lens of mindfulness.

— Kelly White, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have participated in intensive in-person and experiential MBCT training, and incorporate a variety of mindfulness-based techniques to help decrease avoidance and improve the ability to sit with difficult emotions.

— Stephanie Hurley, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I often use mindfulness techniques in treating both depression and anxiety. Through mindfulness each client learns to pay attention to their body and the somatic reactions of their emotions to both thoughts and behaviors. Many of the coping skills taught to help manage both anxiety and depression use mindfulness as a base.

— Kelly Freeman, Counselor in Houston, TX

I have an extensive background in mindfulness-based modalities including yoga, meditation and Mindfulness Centered Therapy. It's impossible to treat any discomfort or desire for change from the mind or body only as there is no separating the two.

— Kerry Ogden, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, 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

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

Many years of training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques, experiential, guided imagery, self-compassion and other anxiety hacks.

— Julie Noble, Clinical Social Worker in Bethesda, MD

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral 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.

— Joy Phillips, Therapist in Broomfield, CO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a modified form of cognitive therapy that incorporates mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises. Using these tools, MBCT therapists teach clients how to break away from negative thought patterns that can cause a downward spiral into a depressed state so they will be able to fight off depression before it takes hold.

— Aaron Deri, Marriage & Family Therapist in Scarsdale, NY

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

I have specialized training in Mindfulness Therapy, Contemplative Therapy and a 30-year meditation practice.

— Susan Rooney, Counselor in Portland, OR

Feeling overwhelmed by multitasking or like your mind is running a mile a minute? I can teach you ways to relax your body and mind so that you can give yourself a break and enjoy just being in the present moment. Want to be more accepting and patient? Sounds impossible, doesn't it? Well, like learning a foreign language, the beginning steps can feel almost impossible at first, but with the right tools, practice and guidance, you can be fluent in mindfulness too!

— Lindsey Lowrance, Counselor in Lakewood, CO

Mindfulness is the practice of quieting the mind, focusing on the breath and relaxing the body. By turning your awareness to your thoughts and feelings, you are able to identify triggers. I teach various kinds of mindfulness and breathing exercises to clients. Over time clients can easily use these tools to relieve stress and anxiety anywhere.

— Nick Venegoni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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

— Mike Doogan, Counselor in Portland, OR

I have been studying and practicing mindfulness techniques for over 20 years. I introduce these skills to every client, so that they can cope with distracting thoughts and learn to be present in their body.

— Pamela Kuras, Counselor in Benson, NC

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

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

In the crush of a busy life, it's very easy to focus on the tasks and overlook the experience of being here now. In Mindfulness-based Therapy, we work together to bring your focus back into the here and now. We use simple techniques to help you focus on your thoughts, feelings, and physical experiences. Countless studies have shown that this process increases satisfaction and brings important be physical and emotional benefits.

— Jacob Brown, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Corte madera, CA

In our society, we are always looking at what comes next instead of looking at what is right in front of us. This can put us in a constant state of worry, responsibility, and pressure to achieve impossible life goals. Using mindfulness-based behaviors, I help people become more aware of the present moments; spending time with loved ones, checking in with oneself, or simply enjoying a beautiful day outside. Mindfulness is a powerful tool for us to achieve joy and happiness.

— Kyle Stepler, Counselor in Greenwood, IN

In the words of mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn, "mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally." Traditionally an Eastern approach, mindfulness-based interventions are becoming widely accepted methods of addressing mental health challenges in the Western world. I work with clients on cultivating awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and sensations through either meditative practices or simple awareness exercises.

— Courtney Wade, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Columbus, OH

I use the Strengths Based Approach and Mindfulness-based Therapy which consists primarily of maintaining a positive mindset. The Strength Based Approach and Mindfulness based Therapy is essentially talk therapy that helps individuals build upon their inner strength, skills and resources. The goal of Strengths Based Approach and Mindfulness-based Therapy is to focus less on one’s shortcomings and focus more on building resilience to the challenging aspects of one’s life.

— Kellie Stryker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Crystal Lake, IL

Mindfulness can help develop a greater awareness of our inner experiences (including our thoughts and feelings), which can help you recognize unhealthy thoughts as they arise in your everyday life. Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

— Alice Amos, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, FL

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

Mindfulness, in short, is the practice of bringing a non-judgmental awareness to the present moment. This meditative tradition stems from Buddhism and was brought to the West by Zen teachers Philip Kapleau and Thich Nhat Hanh. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a student of Kapleu’s, was the first to scientifically study and prove the myriad health benefits of mindfulness. Kabat-Zinn is often credited for secularizing the practices and making them more accessible for Westerners.

— Natalie Moore, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, 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

I have taken several courses in Mindfulness-based therapy and practice these techniques in my personal life. I teach a MIndfulness/Meditation class at the local community college.

— Carol Tjaden, Counselor in Waterloo, IA

In mindfulness based therapy, I will teach you to live in present moment, on purpose, without judgment. You will learn to experience the serenity that can come from compassion, loving-kindness, and acceptance. We will uses guided mediations and other tools on this journey.

— Sara Graff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dunedin, FL

As mindfulness is becoming more and more mainstream, it has been incorporated into many professional trainings. I have been able to receive specific training on the uses of mindfulness during my trauma-informed yoga certification training, and use it frequently in sessions, for a variety of indications.

— Allison Staiger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Metairie, LA

I focus on mindfulness-based techniques within cognitive therapy to help change your relationship to your thoughts, I use it to increase and teach grounding, stabilization, relaxation, and guided imagery exercises and techniques, and to increase awareness of the relationships between our thoughts, emotions, and body. I have been on a mindfulness and meditation journey myself for several years, and have studied Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach's writing extensively.

— Julie Bivins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Henrico, VA

Often medication doesn't work. We need to use the built-in pharmacy to change our mood. Meditation is just one great way to do that. It can lower anxiety, help with sleep issues, decrease depression and stress levels, and many other problems that crop up. Mindfulness is a different outlook on our high stress lifestyles. Let me teach you some techniques.

— Sandy Demopoulos, Clinical Social Worker in White Plains, NY

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

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

Mindfulness based therapy involves learning techniques to slow down your thoughts to manage the feelings of anxiety, overwhelm and negative self-talk. Mindfulness is a practice that brings awareness to yourself, your thought patterns and your behavior from a place of curiosity, compassion and openness. Through our work together you'll learn skills to practice a variety of mindfulness techniques to decide what works best for you at this time in your life.

— Elizabeth Sumpf, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Research has clearly demonstrated that mindfulness can be a tremendous benefit to therapy. The ability to calm ourselves, let go of repetitive thinking and focus on our inner voice can lighten depression, calm anxiety, and bring a greater level of happiness and contentment.

— Jacob Brown, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Corte madera, CA