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 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.
When we are distressed, it is often because our minds are embroiled in worry about the future, or caught in replaying painful moments from the past. Mindfulness helps us to focus our awareness on our present moment experience, with compassion, non-judgement and openness. I have found mindfulness practices to be quite useful, both personally and professionally for the past 11 years.
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.
I use an integrative Mind-Body approach that is based in meridian tapping techniques (FasterEFT & EFT), NLP, hypnosis, mindfulness and Neuroscience. This approach allows us to work with the subconscious mind which is where your internal operating system lives. We will explore anything from the past or present you would like to feel better about so you can create a better, more fulfilling future.
By helping clients develop a mindfulness practice, I assist in creating sustainable and lasting change grounded in awareness.
Mindfulness theory encompasses a wide variety of techniques and skills. These processes allow for you to explore ways that have been used for centuries to create a calm mind and live in the present.
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.
From my perspective, mindfulness, or the ability to occupy the present moment, is the backbone on which all the other skills rest. All of the work that I do has a component of this practice.
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.
Working from a Vedanta-based (yogic) philosophy of wellness, I teach clients mindfulness-based practices, such as yogic breath work and meditation techniques, to heighten awareness, identify and process emotions and belief systems, increase the ability to ground and return to center and to live with greater compassion for Self and Others.
As with my Gestalt training, I have studied for over 5 years at the Gestalt Therapy Training Center NW in Portland. As well as years of self study and personal work.
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.
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.
I can teach you mindfulness techniques you can apply right away to begin making desire changes.
As an experienced meditator, I consider mindfulness and meditation cornerstones of quality mental health. Utilizing a variety of interventions obtained from years of study, as well as personal experience, I apply this skill set to assist individuals or couples in working through the problems that arise in their lives.
Mindfulness-based therapy is designed to help reduce anxiety, depression and overall, levels of distress. One of the key goals of mindfulness is to look at how our thoughts affect our emotions, our physical body reactions, and our behaviors. Increasing our ability to notice more clearly one's automatic thoughts, emotional reactions and behaviors, can help to create more agency in our lives.
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-based psychotherapy emphasizes present-centered awareness as a powerful resource and basis for healing and well-being. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT-D) incorporate broadly applicableframeworks and skill-sets which inform my therapy practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My main approaches to therapy blend Eastern wisdom with Western science and include the use of mindfulness. I draw from Hakomi and RC-S (Re-Creation of the Self) approaches that allow us to uncover unconscious motivations for our behavior, hidden strengths we never knew we had, and cultivate a compassionate and non-judgmental attitude towards ourselves and others.\n\n
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been a dedicated student of Zen Buddhism since 2002. My daily meditation practice has only changed my life for the better. I am also a student of Jon Kabat-Zinn, having participated in his week long training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 2008. Mindfulness is a potent way to soothe our own vulnerable feelings and reduce our suffering.
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.
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 am Certified by the UMass Medical School's Center for Mindfulness (the birthplace of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). This represents many years of training, as well as supervised practice. I am also trained to teach MBCT, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. I maintain a rigorous meditation and mindfulness practice of my own, and love to share these life-saving skills.
\'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.
Using mindfulness with counseling, habitual feelings and thoughts become the focus of awareness. Mindfulness, when applied skillfully, can help slow down the process of therapy to a pace that feels safe, lowering noise and increasing inner sensitivity and insight potential.
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 have numerous trainings in mindfulness based modalities including DBT, MBSR, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Additionally, have practiced meditation for over 30 years.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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 teaches how to be in the present moment with a non-judgmental and compassionate attitude.
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 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).
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.
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.
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Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a modality that incorporates both fields of study, Eastern mindfulness (being aware in the present moment) and cognitive behavior therapy (understanding how your thoughts-emotions-behaviors affect you). By integrating both, you can increase your ability to cope with life events and/or change them if you wish.
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.
A big focus in Gestalt Therapy is the present moment. My training in this orientation helps me focus my clients on experiencing, rather than interpreting. I have a meditation practice of my own as well as done retreats.
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.).
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 use Focusing and somatic based techniques to help individuals experience, except and heal emotions in the body. I also use mindfulness as a way to get more centered and present, reducing anxiety and learning ways to get unhooked from unhelpful thoughts.
Practicing present-moment awareness and sensory attunement, we can access a place of calm and stillness in the midst of the challenges life brings. I teach my clients mindfulness practices for use during counseling and in the world.
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!)
I am trained in Hakomi, an orientation that uses mindfulness to illuminate how you organize your experience and supports profound change to the core beliefs that limit your happiness. I have practiced mindfulness meditation for many years and believe that by strengthening our awareness of the present moment, we greatly enhance our capacity to enjoy the gifts of being human.
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.
Mindfulness involves the simple (and difficult) work of nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment--whatever thoughts, feelings, sensations, memories, or desires emerge in the present moment. My training and experience in integrating mindfulness into therapeutic work shows that awareness is the first step in moving towards change.