Mindfulness-based therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on, as the name suggests, the cultivation of mindfulness. There are a number of different therapeutic practices that fall under the category of mindfulness-based (or use components of mindfulness), including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and Hakomi, among others. Mindfulness-based therapy is generally designed to help a client’s attention focus on the present moment and research has found it to be effective for many conditions, including anxiety, depression, stress and chronic pain.
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I've studied both Western and Eastern approaches to mindfulness and incorporate the cultivation of mindfulness as a foundation of virtually all my work. I've also had a daily meditation practice for over six years.
I have been a student of meditation and yoga for many years. Currently I am in a group of therapists who meet quarterly to explore meditation and therapy. I have studied Buddhist psychology and wrote my graduate thesis on the topic. When clients are interested, I incorporate mindfulness practice into my sessions.
Mindfulness arises in the session naturally as we spend an hour looking deeply at what is happening here and now (even if it\'s thoughts and feelings about the past). In addition to cultivating mindfulness in session, we can also develop meditation skills (though meditation is helpful, it is not required).
Mindfulness from a Hakomi perspective is not a meditation but a capacity to observe our own experience as best we can with compassion. Brain science is showing us the power of self-observation to create new possibilities in our behavior and perceptions. Simply observing builds the foundation for deep change.
I am a certified yoga instructor and have taught yoga and meditation for over a decade. I have a disciplined and regular personal yoga practice and have trained with Buddhist teachers.
In addition to having a strong mindfulness/yoga based practice of my own for many years, I have been training with the META (Mindful Experiential Therapeutic Applications) clinic in Portland for over two years, focusing on the use of mind/body applications including Hakomi, the Re-Creation of the Self and adult attachment.
Sometimes talk thearpy is not enough. Sometimes a body-centered or mindfulness-based approach is necessary to facilitate deeper healing. If clients are interested in an opportunity for deeper healing, I offer various interventions including; meditation, visualization, creative expressions, and somatic-based strategies.
I bring mindfulness to my work via movement and meditation practices. I help clients learn to form healthy, non-judgmental relationships with all the emotions they are experiencing both the comfortable and uncomfortable. By shifting these relationships our behaviors change. We will work on attaching less to the past or the future and focus on the present moment.
Mindfulness based interventions invite us to examine what’s really happening in the moment that supports or hinders our well being. Mindfulness encourages working with unskillful habits and thoughts that keep us stuck and can reduce unnecessary suffering. I have embraced a mindfulness practice in my personal life for over 20 years and my practice informs my work with clients.
I teach and use mindfulness when appropriate both in analysis and psychotherapy. I currently teach mindfulness at the Jung Institute in Zurich, CH.
According one of my favorite authors and experts in mental health, Daniel Siegel,'recent studies of mindfulness practices reveal that they can result in profound improvements in a range of physiological, mental, and interpersonal domains in our lives. ' I weave mindfulness into every therapeutic interaction as I believe it is the foundation for mental wellness.
My approach to therapy is rooted in mindfulness and strategies to build awareness and insight into one’s thoughts, feelings, actions, and personal experience to cultivate growth, self-acceptance, and a sense of agency or choice. I use mindfulness strategies to improve the effectiveness of other therapy approaches (i.e. CBT, gestalt). I also teach the use of meditation to reduce stress.
While on staff at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, I was a member of the Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies Team. My mindfulness-based therapy training includes DBT, ACT, MBCT, FAP, Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy, and Compassion-Based Therapies. I believe that mindful awareness gives us a starting point for learning new ways of being in the world.
In my first session it is essential to connect and understand the discomfort and emotional issues people are experiencing. Being encouraging, understanding and safe place for clients to talk is my primary goal.
I utilize a range of mindfulness techniques, such as guided visualizations, various breathing techniques, reflective journaling, present moment sensory exploration and other body based techniques.
I've practiced mindfulness meditation for over 20 yrs, and I understand the frustrations that are part of the process of learning to focus the mind. Mindfulness is not just a side part of my therapy practice, but a primary component that I use to connect the insight and awareness into one's motivation, and the development of empathy and compassion for oneself and others.
Supporting greater life balance, sense of well-being and self-acceptance, mindfulness enhances the therapeutic process. Clients are encouraged to focus on thoughts, feelings and body in the moment without judgement.
Mindfulness practice advances self awareness and insight into how your emotions affect and often dis-regulate your body. Mindfulness is helpful by slowing down impulsive and reactionary behavior so that the person practicing these techniques can feel well grounded and in control of their emotions.
I am deeply passionate about mindfulness based ways of coping with suffering. Developing this approach has been central in my professional and personal growth for over a decade. It is possible to transform the way our mind works. Reconnecting with the present moment, developing the ability to notice what the mind is doing, and improving our capacity to accept the uncontrollable can be powerful.
I value mindfulness as a part of daily life, and I have participated in many retreats and mindful practices. It was a perfect match when my clinical internship taught me the process of leading mindfulness for others, and integrating mindfulness as one of the primary DBT skills. Applying formal and informal mindfulness into daily life helps connect one with community, self, and feeling alive.
Trained by Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer in Mindfulness Based self compassion. I help clients to learn how to use mindfulness to be more compassionate with themselves and the world.
As both a licensed professional counselor and a licensed massage therapist, I greatly value the strength of addressing both the mind and the body in healing. My approach uses body awareness and mindfulness as a way to enhance traditional talk therapy and includes breathing exercises, guided meditation, EMDR, yoga, and acupressure in sessions.
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.
Tuning in with the body and the wealth of information it has about your health and well being is difficult in our fast paced world but is fortunately gaining rapid attention. I use many mindfulness based techniques and exercises with clients to help ground them in their deepest self who knows how to withstand any situation.
Mindfulness work shifts our focus to the present moment, allowing us to make thoughtful choices rather than simply reacting to what happens. I find that even small amounts of mindfulness practice can be very beneficial for people and I try to incorporate this practice into all the work that I do.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to our experience as it is happening in the moment. As we learn to pay attention to our experiences as they are happening, we are better able to notice our common reactions and responses and the subtleties that often otherwise go unnoticed. Therapy allows the special opportunity of slowing down and get connected to ourselves in mindful awareness.
I have been incorporating mindfulness in my practice for more than 12 years. I have completed various courses, workshops and conferences related to mindfulness skills and how to incorporate them as a therapist. I am also committed to continuing to stay abreast on the latest research and am also committed to my own mindfulness practice.
I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for thirty years and was chosen to be part of Stanford University\'s CCARE program, where we were trained in Compassion Cultivation and Mindfulness. For years I have facilitated Mindfulness and Compassion groups at Portland Center for Compassion, of which I am founder. Research and neuroscience both document the effectiveness of mindfulness practice.
I base my mindfulness approach on my own contemplative practice since 1975, John Kabat-Zinn, and Thich Nhat Hanh\'s works.
I have numerous trainings in mindfulness based modalities including DBT, MBSR, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Additionally, have practiced meditation for over 30 years.
I practice and been well trained in the art of mindfulness and how important this is for individuals working through trauma. Trauma lives within the body and talk therapy isn't enough thus why this skills is essential when working with abuse of any sort.
I have been studying, practicing, and teaching Buddhism and meditation for over 17 years. I've both sat and served for several mindfulness and meditation courses, including multiple 10-day Vipassana silent meditation courses, which has given me over 400 hours of training and additional thousands of hours of practice in meditation.
\'Mindfulness\' as used in my training background means \'sustained, non-judgmental attention.\' This kind of mindfulness is not meditation; it is a therapeutic technique applied explicitly to promote insight and relieve distress. Mindful observation of one\'s feelings, sensations, and reactions, is a part of many therapy sessions, and may be done eyes-open or eyes-closed, as a client\'s comfort allows.
We all practice fear of uncertainty and the future, and judgment of the present and past. Too much of it leads to frustration, anxiety, anger, and despair. I use mindfulness tools and practice to guide people in learning to accept their present, no matter how difficult or disappointing. It is then that they can feel open to the endless possibilities - and uncertainty - of the future.
I am moving more towards a mindfulness-based model of therapy in which I explore the mind-body connection with clients and assist them in being more fully present in their lives. I recently completed a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and have a personal mindfulness practice to support the work I do with clients.
Besides long experience as a meditator and yoga teacher, I have studied considerable research on the use of mindfulness-based methods to heal and improve typical counseling complaints, and understand how to use mindfulness to restore a sense of the richness of life to one\'s experience.
Utiilzing various precepts of Buddhist psychology, mindfulness and somatic (body) based therapies, I am able to help people learn about what they are feeling,grown in their awareness and tolerance of their feeling states and move forward, even in discomfort. This allows my clients to be fully feeling while functioning in life\'s good and not-so-good moments of relating, working and adjusting.
'Mindfulness' seems to be the catch word phrase these days. It isn't just about deep breathing and meditation (which are in themselves hard for people to fit into their busy lives). Mindfulness is about values, priorities and living as much as possible in the present moment. I enjoy introducing this philosophy to clients in our complex and difficult world.
Mind-Body Medicine incorporates a wide range of techniques, including mindfulness. With science continuing to show the connection between pain and stress/trauma, mindfulness provides a fantastic tool for exploring and ultimately healing the mind and body.
I completed a year-long training in Mindfulness and Yoga with Yoga Calm and additional related training. Based on the needs of the client, Mindfulness is incorporated into my approach through current research on neuroscience, supported mindfulness exercises and reflection, and identification of ways to integrate mindfulness tools into daily life.
Meditation, paying attention , and being present are paths to a more conscious, more expressive and fulfilling life. These tools help loosen the power of our historical narratives. The mentorship program in Embodied Life affords me the opportunity to use hone my skills in these practices in a community of other practitioners .so that I can to bring these lessons back to clients .
Mindfulness helps change more rapidly occur, spotting unhelpful thoughts and behaviors and readjusting them. Research shows when you slow down and more purposefully notice the present (instead of worrying over the past or future), you are able to lessen emotional distress, angry or anxious reactivity, and instead act more adaptively with mental flexibility, improving relationship satisfaction.
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.
I believe in mindfulness based practices. It's part of my daily routine. Its empirically proven results include decreased symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. It have been shown to improve mood, functionality, quality of life, and reductions in fear of negative evaluation and increased self-esteem and overall satisfaction with life.
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!)
Mindfulness helps develop self-awareness by slowing down to experience how the body, emotions and mind feel. In relationship with the body, one can learn to feel safe, calm down the mind and shift emotions. In the presence of a skilled therapist, mindfulness can be used to heal, improve and change your life. I have studied mindfulness for 20 years, incorporating it in all aspects of therapy.
I completed the Hakomi Mindful Experiential Psychotherapy Module at the M.E.T.A Training Center and practiced for a year under the supervision of Donna Roy, LPC, CHT, using this model of therapy. Hakomi is grounded in the principles of Unity, Organicity, Mind/Body/Spirit Holism, Mindfulness, Non-violence, Truth, and Change. \nhttps://meta-trainings.com/hakomi-mindful-somatic-psychotherapy/
As humans living in a technological age, it is easy to become caught up in anxiety-provoking and unhealthy cycles of stress and excessive worry that ultimately lead us to a dead-end. Thus, I rely heavily on mindfulness-based practice in order to help individuals slow down their internal process and find joy and gratitude in moment-to-moment experiences.
When it suits my client's needs, I integrate mindfulness-based interventions into therapy. Mindfulness is less focused on change and more focused on nonjudgmental attention to the present, which many clients find helpful in working through certain issues.
'All the world is a stage.' You've certainly heard that before. But what if you were able to see your own life from the perspective of an audience member? You would certainly be impacted by what you were seeing, but you would be less likely to get swept into the drama. This is the essence of mindfulness-based therapy in a nutshell.
Much of my approach stems from mindfulness - slowing down, connecting with the present, and noticing your thoughts and feelings without judgement. The first step in the process of change is awareness, and mindfulness is an incredibly useful tool in this. I've taken an 8-week training course on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, and have seen much change in clients when using this approach.
Be here now. Self awareness of each moment that you live will bring you into a peaceful flow of living. The three major components that I focus on with this method are observation, reframing, and active change of beliefs. This framework leads to forgiveness and gratitude.
I offer a non-judgemental approach with a safe place to explore what you need to. I practice mindfulness myself and believe it\'s within all of us.
Mindfulness is the practice of becoming aware of our thoughts and feelings in the present moment. Mindfulness therapy focuses on developing the skill of not attaching ourselves to our thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness is also a component of DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy which focuses on emotional regulation and frustration tolerance. I am trained in using DBT techniques.
We can be mindful while washing the dishes. Paying attention to each dish, watching our scrubbing clear away the debris, and noticing our reaction to the work of washing is being MINDFUL. Next time you feel a feeling intensely try saying this to yourself, 'I'm noticing that I'm feeling _____, and I'm curious what's going on that I'm feeling this so intensely.' No judgement, just curious.
Using mindfulness in therapy allows us to be still in the moment and examine a situation without attaching meaning to it. It encompasses topics like gratitude, meditation, relaxation, and being truly present to what\'s happening in the mind and body.
For the past 10 years, a major focus in my continued training has been in the arena of mindfulness techniques. I have also participated in consultation groups supporting the use of visualization, breath-work and body-awareness as effective therapeutic techniques. I have studied meditation techniques, containment skills and yoga philosophies that support mindfulness practices.
In addition to the trainings I have received through BTech and other DBT conferences on mindfulness, I have spent many, many hours in self study on the subject. I find that mindfulness is really at the core of all helping modalities and I incorporate it in all therapy that I do.
Mindfulness is a highly valuable tool and ability that promotes lasting change and instills happiness and thriving. I have seen how much benefit a mindfulness-based approach can have. I strive to incorporate \'mindfulness\' as well as \'balance\' as core concepts in my therapy work.
True Mindfulness emphasizes the skills of acceptance and remaining present. I have used mindfulness techniques in my personal life for over 15 years. Additionally I have attended trainings and seminars focused on applying these techniques in therapy practice. I have 3 years experience integrating meditation and present minded interventions within the therapeutic setting.
Paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally with curiosity and compassion. Mindfulness can help us relax and focus. It can help us reset, reduce stress and bring about personal growth and healing.
Mindfulness is bringing our complete attention to the present moment. I believe that in order for change to occur we have to be aware. That can be an awareness of body pains, fears, thoughts, anything that is going on within ourselves. When we become aware, we are awake, we are conscious and therefore have choices rather than operating on sub-conscious patterns that repeat.
Mindfulness has been a successful way of life for thousands of years. Based on Eastern traditions it is a non-theistic philosophy, grounded in our core values and beliefs. Practicing mindfulness improves attention, focus, effectiveness, tolerance, acceptance, and compassion.
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.
I have studied mindfulness-based meditative traditions of various cultures experientially all over the world. I draw from these experiences, as well as three years training with the M.E.T.A. Institute here in Portland, to create a state of mind that allows us to explore your selfhood without judgment and with greater curiosity.
Training in mindfulness based therapies enables me to offer my clients these techniques as part of their therapy.
Practicing knowing ourselves and being present with what we are encountering gives us incredible insight into who we are any why we function the way we do. By becoming mindful of who we are and what we are experiencing, we can gain more understanding of the power we have in our lives.
So many of us have busy minds and that interferes with living our lives the best we can. By using mindfulness techniques, we can become aware of what is happening in the moment and learn to stay out of the past and project into the future. This helps tremendously with depression, anxiety, and relationships.
Mindfulness is a necessary practice in our modern world, where we can easily feel overwhelmed, confused and frustrated. Maintaining awareness of our body, our thoughts, and the impact of our thoughts on our behavior and relationships supports us to stay grounded. With years of experience practicing and teaching meditation, I share powerful tools to help my clients build their own practice.