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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Throughout psychotherapy sessions with my clients’, I often use mindfulness practices. Meditation or present moment awareness activities help shift your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life. They can create a sense of calm, acceptance of the moment and feelings that arise, and reduce symptoms.

— Jennifer Rickard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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 practices in my personal and professional life alike and have found great success in both areas. I have helped people who find themselves utterly stressed out and overwhelmed with work and other demands to create more peace and balance. I chose to name my company Mindful Life Solutions for a reason and am passionate about teaching it to others. I offer mindfulness skills through therapy as well as specialized workshops and retreats.

— Lisa Seid, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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 West Hollywood, CA

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

Mindfulness and Self Compassion interventions are helpful in treating depression, anxiety, stress and other issues that effect our overall wellbeing. Through mindfulness and compassion, we cultivate the ability to stay present to our moment to moment experience (i.e. thoughts, emotions, sensations) meeting it with understanding and compassion. Meeting challenging experiences with acceptance, wisdom and compassion allows us to live a more balanced joyful life.

— Cindy Ricardo, Counselor in Coral Springs, FL

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

— Craig Beeson, Psychologist in Santa Cruz, CA

I am certified in mindfulness based stress reduction for teens and have helps many teens utilize the skills in mindfulness to self-regulate.

— Marline Francois, Clinical Social Worker in Montclair, NJ

I have training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and am excited to incorporate more mindfulness and somatic awareness into my therapy practice. 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 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

Working in the present, we explore the thoughts, experiences and lessons that get in the way of celebrating who you are.

— Janet Zinn, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

Mindfulness is really about radical self-acceptance and self-compassion. In order to make change, it's crucial be able to get really curious about ourselves and our patterns, and to practice self-compassion. This can be particularly difficult when you tend to be perfectionistic and you've been taught to push through things. If this sounds really hard, I'd be curious to know how is the striving working for you? Do you have a constant sense of "not enough" or feeling like you're "too much."

— Patricia Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I like to incorporate the benefits of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in therapy as a means to help manage a wide range of situations. Mindfulness, the state of being in the present moment and non-judgmental of your emotions/current state, can be a vital component of effectively and positively managing symptoms and developing adaptive coping mechanisms. My mindfulness approach involves Conscious Breathing, Guided Imagery and Meditation, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, and much more.

— Dakota Fidram, Associate Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

Here you will learn ways to manage your anxiety through the use of guided imagery, meditation and natural ways of relaxation as the first step. I explore with you ways to combat your anxiety and depression without the use of medications and try a holistic approach first. We work together on ways together to learn the coping strategies to deal with your panic attacks and fears on a most basic level to help you understand how your body responds to fear.

— Julie Goch, Counselor in Canton, OH

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

A foundation of mindfulness helps: - develop deeper awareness of what is happening - cultivate a level of acceptance of whatever is going on and ultimately - lead to greater congruence between thoughts, feelings, and actions- authenticity

— Jennie Powe Runde, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Mindfulness is about slowing down and paying attention to your experience in the present moment, becoming aware of the thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that may not be fully conscious in the day-to-day. When you practice adopting a nonjudgmental attitude to these thoughts and feelings, you can shift from ruminating on the past or trying to predict the future to being able to respond to the here-and-now with calm, grounding, and confidence.

— Al Hoberman, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

MBSR offers mindfulness and body awareness techniques to help you better regulate and manage your emotions. Mindfulness will teach you ways to pause, observe and be non-judgmental of your inner experiences. By bringing awareness to the present moment you can learn ways to be more accepting and grateful.

— Menije Boduryan-Turner, Psychologist in Woodland Hills, CA

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

Mindfulness simply means being aware of what's going on right now. Meditation, one form of mindfulness is what many of us are familiar with. Often images of sitting still for hours and myths of having a blank mind are associated with meditation and mindfulness practices. My approach to mindfulness and meditation is a practical one; our lives are so busy with thinking, that learning how to 'just be' or take some momentary space from our thoughts can be a useful therapeutic and life skill. I integrate mindfulness practices into most of the therapeutic work that I do. Whether you are new to the concept of mindfulness or have learned about it in other contexts, we can use mindfulness both in session and outside of session to work towards your therapeutic goals.

— Allison Karthaus, Psychologist in Boston, MA

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