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

I include mindfulness exercises in my sessions if I sense that you are getting to overwhelmed. I also send people links to exercises they can do on their own to help self-regulate their emotions.

— Sima Kulshreshtha, Counselor in Seattle, WA

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

In a world where we are constantly connected, have more demands, and move faster than ever before, being able to stay present in the here and now proves more and more difficult. Teaching clients about mindfulness (no, it's not just meditation!) and practicing ways to stay present has helped many of those I've worked with feel more centered, less anxious, and more in control. Mindfulness changes our brains to be less anxious and depressed and more content and at peace.

— Sarah Hagen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fairfax, VA

Yoga teacher and meditation teacher. Trained in variety of mindfulness based approaches such as sensorimotor, buddhist psychology, compassion, DBT. Take a mindful approach to all presenting problems whether we are using mindfulness more informally or formally. This is based on idea that everyone can become more mindful in their life without having to meditate.

— Nathalie Edmond, Clinical Psychologist in Ewing, NJ

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

My speciality is in understanding yourself with wisdom and kindness and finding the best door in--for you--toward a more mindful approach to life.

— Rebecca Lavine, in Cambridge, MA

I often incorporate a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance & commitment therapy, and mindfulness together when working with my clients. Though it can be immensely helpful to notice faulty ways of thinking, it is more powerful to accept our thoughts and feelings as normal responses to challenging life circumstances. The more we can view our thoughts and feelings without judgement, the more we can gracefully watch the negative thoughts and feelings move past us.

— Krysteena Stephens, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boise, ID

Mindfulness is a great tool that can help be more present within our lives. At times we can get caught up in a downhill spiral and it can be difficult to notice the time that passes and with that, the experiences that we would have wanted to present in. Through mindfulness, we discuss finding ways to be more present in all aspect whether it be mindful eating, setting up routines to help us throughout our day, practicing compassion, and noticing what we feel to help us stay present.

— Patricia Alvarado, EMDR Therapist, Psychotherapist in Montebello, CA

A happier Healthier You "Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future."

— Rebecca Koski, Counselor in LOS ANGELES, CA

Mindfulness occurs when we learn how to "be" through learning how to pay attention to our thoughts, feelings and body responses without judgment. When we learn and practice mindfulness skills we are better able to respond to life events and this allows us to be fully present in these events. Mindfulness therapy is also helpful in working through traumas and helping to create healthier ways to heal from past events. As an EMDR trained trauma therapist and yoga teacher I can help you heal.

— Marcy Humphrey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boise, ID

Mindfulness-based therapy is a way to instruct people to think of things in the present moment. There is recognition of emotions; however, there is a focus on the temporary nature of all emotions. Understanding mindfulness through therapeutic instruction and then transferring it to all aspects of life, is one way to reduce overall, emotional responding, typically associated with concerns often presented in the context of therapy.

— Tina Schneider, Psychologist in Westerville, OH

I have a personal practice of nearly 15 years, and have been implementing it into my work for a decade. I have completed MBSR and am currently completing the MBSR teacher training track. I have also completed training to teach mindfulness through Mindful Schools.

— Shane Rice, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenwood, IN

I have been teaching mindfulness meditation and leading meditation practices for the past 15 years. I also specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and combine is approaches to teach the most effective emotion regulation skills possible.

— Brian Berman, Psychologist in Bryn Mawr, PA

I assess and treat people based on a biopsychcosocial and spiritual model. Mindfulness-based therapy is another tool for coping with the stress and challenges brought on with aging, death and dying, chronic health or pain issues, grief and loss and life transitions. Mindfulness-based therapy provides useful, daily coping skills and exercises that help manage feelings of depression, anxiety or unhappiness.

— Tanya Witman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

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

My background in Yoga provides me with a variety of techniques for mindfulness/meditation and somatic approaches. I believe strengthening the mind-body connection allows us access to our own tools to honor and regulate our emotions. I will bring practices of mindfulness as well as simple regulating movement when beneficial in session as well as can provide recommendations for a home practice that fosters your individual self-soothing and regulation.

— Kayla Estenson Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , MN

Mindfulness-based Therapy is defined as "Mindfulness therapy, also called mindfulness-based therapy, is a type of psychotherapy that uses the practice of mindfulness to promote good mental and physical health". We'll incorporate mind/body awareness by using tools to tune into the present moment through mindful awareness in order and move through emotions as they are being felt.

— Michelle Nelson, Therapist in Decatur, GA

Teaching children and teens to be more mindful in their actions can help them feel more in control of themselves and decrease depression and anxiety. Learning to put some space between thoughts allows for a more peaceful and focused mind.

— Jeanine Rousso, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

I can incorporate mindfulness skills in the context of cognitive-behavioral therapy and cognitive strategy training.

— Robyn Migliorini, Psychologist in Bend, OR

When we practice mindfulness, we focus on the "here and now", rather than on past regrets or future concerns. What bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings am I experiencing in the present moment? By tracking these experiences with an attitude of non-judgement, curiosity, and compassion, we become more aware of our internal states and the sources of those feelings, and can therefore transform them into new mental perspectives.

— Nyambura Kihato, Licensed Professional Counselor in Duluth, GA

At Camp MAGIK we incorporate mindful-based therapy. We have extensively measured the outcome of the inclusion of mindful-based therapy interventions at camp.

— Rene McClatchey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

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

Last but not least: if CBT is the 'backbone,' and cultural sensitivity is the 'heart,' mindfulness is absolutely the 'lungs' of my work with clients. that breathe new life into each session with clients.

— Charlene Chow, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

Being mindful is so important to every day living. We explore how one feels — what he/she sees, feels, hears, tastes, smells — today, right here and now, and how living in the moment makes a difference in one’s life and one’s perspective.

— Amy Shore, Counselor in Sugar Land, TX