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

As a therapist of ten years with mindfulness training and a certified yoga instructor I utilize a holistic approach in therapy treatment making sure to take into account the whole person . I am awesome teaching individuals mindfulness techniques like meditation and. Yin. Yoga. Techniques. I also love to educate the community about mindfulness by providing mindfulness workshops with local holistic businesses.

— Naeisha Jones, Counselor in Marietta, GA

I have completed training in MBCBT and have taught relaxation and visualization classes for cancer patients and their families.

— Jill Gray, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Petersburg, FL

I like to use various meditative techniques, breathwork, and observation into our sessions. This can help you achieve grounding or clarity in the moment and lead to new insights during your therapy appointment.

— Alex Walker, Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

Attend to limiting thoughts and how you experience them, we'll gently address patterns in your life that have you stuck, uncovering strength, resilience and more personal freedom within.

— Julia Ward, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Mindfulness-based therapy helps clients develop a greater connection and attunement to the present moment in a manner that is free from judgement. Through this approach clients are encouraged to learn a set of mindfulness-based skills that be applied outside of therapy to better manage stress, emotional pain, and uncomfortable or intrusive thoughts. It promotes confidence in one's ability to respond effectively to distressful thoughts or emotions rather than feeling controlled by them.

— Emily Franchi, Psychotherapist in Chicago, IL

Most of us spend a lot of time in our heads, thinking about the past (pains, regrets, upsets, frustrations, shoulds, etc.,) or about the future (all of the unknowns and what ifs that we are trying to plan for). Each of these creates feelings of anxiety, depression, and anger. On top of that we are constantly creating our own narrative about our experiences instead of actually experiencing them. Mindfulness-based therapy focuses on training people to be more present and connected in their life. Living more for the moment and letting go of judgments and managing our thoughts and feelings in a more balanced way.

— Jolene Feeney, Mental Health Counselor in VANCOUVER, 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, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I have been studying and practicing mindfulness for 8 years. Mindfulness is not just meditation; it is a means of being in the present moments and making choices mindfully rather than mindlessly. I teach clients how to meditate as well as how to get out of their head and into the present moment. By using these practices, clients are able to reduce their anxiety and depressive symptoms as well as to improve their relationships.

— Kathi Hennessey, Clinical Social Worker in , MA

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

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

Mindfulness based therapy can be helpful for those with anxiety, depression, and/or trauma backgrounds. Mindful grounding is imperative to delving into a clients past or triggers so that they can remain present during therapy.

— Shelby M. Upton, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Fort Worth, TX

Mindfulness is often a very effective way to foster authentic self awareness, emotional regulation skills, and the ability to foster a sense of internal calm - all of which are very valuable for attaining joyful non-monogamous dynamics.

— Anna Dow, Marriage & Family Therapist in online, CA

I encourage the use of mindfulness based practices including medication to begin to acknowledge how we are feeling, to learn how to work with our feelings and invite them in when we are ready for them, and to help us remain present in the moment.

— Stephanie Borer, Psychotherapist in Decatur, GA

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

With a background in exercise physiology, years of learning about and trying out holistic therapies/alternatives and meditations, and with additional trainings in Mindfulness clinically, I have been able to add a whole body experience for my clients in therapy. Therapy isn't just about working with the brain, but also the body and spiritual connection we have (whatever that means for you) in our lives. I would love to help you combine those aspects in helping to heal the mind/body/soul!

— Jennifer Ljungquist-DeMayo, Counselor in Branford, CT

Grounding, orienting, mindfulness, and somatic theories and skills can be an important part of healing. They can also be very scary, difficult, or damn near impossible if a person is working on comfort and calm. Going into your body when it feels overwhelmed might feel and be completely wrong. I gently and carefully practice and review these skills so can be there if you want to access them, and so you can choose not to if they don't work for your mind and body.

— Rachel Robbins, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Mindfulness is a way of life. As I practice and study this, I am convinced it will save us all! No joke! Though I practiced meditation for 20 years, mindfulness offered me a framework to take my meditation off the cushion. Noticing my mind telling stories or time traveling to the past or future, allows me to actually STOP and BREATHE and decide how I want to proceed. It has allowed my clients to change habits they thought they would never tackle. No more reactivity! What a gift!

— Vicki Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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 completed the Health Psychology Emphasis in my graduate program at Santa Clara University which focused on teaching, implementing, and utilizing mindfulness-based therapy techniques.

— Teresa Trias, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Milpitas, CA

This form of therapy integrates medical knowledge and meditative practices in efforts of increasing your awareness of why your mind and body act in certain ways. Tools such as breathing and meditating are learned to allow you to center yourself in the present. Information and techniques are sourced from research that shows desirable effects in areas such as: - Anxiety - Insomnia - ADD/ADHD - Mood - Stress - Increased perception - Positivity

— Matthew Bensadigh, Mental Health Counselor in Tustin, CA

Mindfulness is the foundation for relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression. When we can be mindful of what we are thinking/feeling/doing, we can choose how we respond. We will discuss mindfulness and how it applies to helping you feel better.

— Sue McRee, Therapist in Pinellas Park, FL

Mindfulness promotes being present in the moment, observing your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. This awareness can help you to get in touch with yourself and help you to accept and validate your emotions. Often we either get overwhelmed by our emotions or we try to avoid them. Mindfulness-based therapy offers an alternative where we can take a balanced view of our emotions and experience a greater sense of calm.

— Kathryn Ziemer, Clinical Psychologist in Alexandria, VA

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

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

It sounds funny, but I eat, sleep, and breathe mindfulness. It's part of my everyday life in many ways. I've had a personal mindfulness practice for almost 15 years and have been working with mindfulness therapeutically (with individual and groups) for almost a decade. I have extensive training and experience in Mindful living, MBCT, MBSR, and Mindful Self-compassion. Being able to teach anyone to meditate is a challenge I gladly take on - maybe you'll allow me to face that challenge with you.

— Jessica Israelstam, Psychotherapist in ,

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