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 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 , 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

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 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-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 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

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

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

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 utilize Mindfulness-based therapy to help you learn how to be present in your life; and, live fully in this moment. Learning to live fully today helps you to truly manage the energy of the day to be successful today; and today - lived well - leads us to the outcomes we desire for tomorrow. Let me help you harness the power of Mindfulness!

— Sitka Stueve, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Overland Park, KS

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

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

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

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

The core of mindfulness is to pay attention to the present without judgement. This can be very difficult. It can also be very rewarding. As you practice accepting your experiences of pain and loss, you can identify less with them and open yourself up to more kinds of experiences. Mindfulness-based therapies are essential to harm reduction and integration work.

— Peter Addy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love incorporating mindfulness into my work with folks with help people learn to claim a sense of calm and clarity into their life. There's no right or wrong as to what mindfulness can look like. Sometimes it's looking at what's going on in our bodies, and other times it's noticing how it feels to have our feet on the ground. There a type of mindfulness for everyone and I'd love to help you find what works for you.

— Emily Pellegrino, Associate Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, 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

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

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

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

I have a 20 year mindfulness meditation practice that I bring with me to my clinical practice. My training placed a large emphasis on the benefits of a meditation practice, not only to the practitioner (therapist), but also to their clients. I use this approach to help my clients become more aware of their thoughts and bodily sensations, and the connection between them.

— Alejandro Rodriguez, Mental Health Counselor in Lake Mary, FL

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

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 Middletown, NJ

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

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

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 utilize mindfulness based therapy techniques to assist in grounding and emotion regulation. exploring new life pasterns can feel uncomfortable this is the technique to ease that discomfort.

— Kristine Sandt, Counselor in Glendale, AZ

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

In our fast-paced, modern world, many of us race throughout our days scarcely aware of the weather, much less the nuances of our internal terrain. As a regular meditation practitioner and having been trained in mindfulness-based interventions, I support my clients to reacquaint themselves with the “here and now” and the wisdom that lies in that experience.

— Monroe Spivey, Therapist in Asheville, NC

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

— Mike Doogan, Counselor in Portland, OR

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

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

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

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 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

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 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 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

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

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

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

As a certified mindfulness instructor, I utilize mindfulness in all of my sessions to help clients more fully connect with the present moment, to develop self compassion, and create an internal container in which emotions can be explored and pain can be healed.

— Adam Richardson, Counselor in Boulder, CO

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction is a way to be present in the moment by focusing on your breath in a non-judgmental and self-accepting way. If you feel stressed, quick to anger, edgy, overwhelmed, powerless over your thoughts and unable to relax, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction can help.

— James Killian, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodbridge, CT

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

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 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

I am certified in psychotherapeutic yoga and integrate mindfulness into my practice.

— Julie Carbery, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

This holistic approach to accept yourself and others, intentionally care for your mind and body, and increase your attention and energy on what matters most to you is an important theme in the work I do with clients.

— Barbara Schnichels, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Burnsville, MN