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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I am a certified yoga teacher, meditation teacher and am trained in MBSR (Mindfulness based stress reduction). I see clients thrive when using mindfulness tools both in and out of therapy.

— Kerri Bicskei, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Tampa, FL

Being a Zen teacher, mindfulness practice shows up in every area of my life--including work with therapy clients. I find there is no better way to get to know ourselves than the simple act of paying attention.

— Jesse Cardin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX

Somewhere in the midst of therapy, everyone has a deeper voice that wants calm, compassion and gentle acceptance. By using guided meditation, music, instruments and/or soothing words of encouragement, I love to delve into this practice to allow my clients to leave session in a more peaceful and still engaged state of being. Within this realm, they can grasp their essential truth take-away and in essence "heal themselves".

— Laurie Richardson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

Mindfulness-based therapy helps you to become more aware of thoughts and emotions and take a step back from them as an observer. From the observer stance, you can choose whether or not you want to entertain certain thoughts, and compassionately respond to challenging emotions. Mindfulness meditation also helps you to relax and let go of tension in the body, and find peace and silence within.

— Justina Janda, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC

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/dying, chronic health/pain issues, grief/ loss and life transitions. Mindfulness-based therapy provides useful, daily coping skills and exercises that help manage feelings of depression, anxiety or unhappiness as well as preventing future onsets of discontent.

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

Through mindfulness, we can cultivate the ability to proceed through the world from a stance of “non-judgemental awareness“ that significantly tempers reactivity. When we no longer take things so personally and become more consciously aware of our internalized judgments and expectations, one becomes increasingly able to tolerate discomfort in a way that no longer inexorably leads to undesirable habitual reactivity.

— Mike Lubofsky, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Mindfulness is a word you've probably heard several times over the years. Mindfulness based therapy assists you with being in tune with your body and your current state of being. We use mindfulness to move you to your goals.

— Jacalyn Wetzel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mindfulness infuses a lot of the work clients I do together, as it helps boost curiosity and reduce judgment and shame.

— Rebecca Mercurio, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Webster Groves, MO

Like any illness, mental health struggles affect both the mind and body and thus, treatment should be tailored to treat both. Mindfulness allows a more holistic approach, incorporating the body, senses and the mind to treat maladaptive responses. Mindfulness has been particularly useful for me when treating anxiety as the breathing exercises can help a client feel more relaxed and able to then engage in other interventions.

— Anthony Polanco, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I am a certified teacher with InsightLA, where I teach mindfulness meditation & every day mindfulness life practices. Mindfulness, as the practice of returning the mind's attention again & again to the present moment, to the truth of what's actually happening, away from the stories our mind's tell us about what's happening, can be a powerful tool for personal peace. Whenever it's helpful & welcomed by my clients, I am happy to share & provide a variety of mindfulness practices.

— Lara Plutte, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-200) through Yoga Alliance Completed Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment Completed Yoga for Tweens and Teens training series with ChildLight Yoga Completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training at Wake Up Yoga with Corina Benner Completed Nikki Myers' Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Leadership Training Completed Nikki Myers' Breaking Barriers: Transforming the Samskara of Codependency workshop

— Mandi Houser-Puschel, Counselor in Haddon Heights, NJ

In today's society, persistent stress and busyness are often seen as a badge of honor, but these unrealistic expectations can be extremely depleting and lead to fatigue, anxiety, depression and even physical illness. I'm have extensive training in mindfulness, relaxation and other techniques to allow you to say good-bye to the overwhelm for good and find your harmony!

— Cathy Ranieri, Licensed Professional Counselor in chicago, IL

Regrets and worries can stall our growth in life. We need not be in denial- yet rooting our experience in the present is our only means of connection with ourselves and the world. Knowing our current thoughts and feelings as we experience them. I have studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, a proven method for successful treatment for various symptoms of panic and anxiety. I can assist in Breathing Meditation, Walking Meditation, Yoga, and Body Scan, as well as Mindful Eating experiences.

— christine loeb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

I have participated in and completed several trainings surrounding mindfulness-based therapy.

— Katie LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy builds upon the principles of cognitive therapy by using techniques such as mindfulness meditation to teach people to consciously pay attention to their thoughts and feelings without placing any judgments upon them. A primary assumption of cognitive therapy is that thoughts precede moods and that false self-beliefs lead to negative emotions such as depression and anxiety.

— Alina Halonen, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

Mindfulness-based practices can help to slow the mind & create a sense of calm while tuning into the self. It can be a great form of self-care to give us a moment of peace in times of distress & a break from anxious thoughts that clutter the mind and keep us from where we want to be. Together, we will explore how anxiety/stress show up in your life, practice skills & relaxation techniques in order to feel more grounded in a way that mindfulness practices work for you.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Vancouver, OR

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