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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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.
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
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 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.
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 use breathing, centering, and grounding exercises to help clients manage strong emotions during session and identify which practices will be most impactful out of session.
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.
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.
Training in mindfulness based therapies enables me to offer my clients these techniques as part of their therapy.
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.
I have numerous trainings in mindfulness based modalities including DBT, MBSR, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Additionally, have practiced meditation for over 30 years.
I invite you in this moment to notice your breath, any sensations in your body, your posture… What does your body’s inner landscape tell you about how you are feeling in this moment? Were you so self aware before you checked in with your body? If this is new to you, bear with me, because this isn’t your average mindfulness practice. My expertise is inviting the body to be present for your healing.
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 have experience in a variety of mindfulness-based treatments, including MBCT, ACT, DBT, and CFT. These approaches all include practices which teach us how to step out of automatic pilot and into compassionate awareness of our present moment experience. From that place, we can make choices about how we want to respond to ourselves and our lives.
Mindfulness is rapidly becoming a \'evidence based best-practice\' treatment for more issues and diagnosis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
Our influence is based on where and how we focus our attention. Through a variety of sensing practices, combined with core principles and values, you will hone your personal practice of mindfulness in order to cultivate results specific to your needs.
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.
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.).
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.
\'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.
Mindfulness teaches how to be in the present moment with a non-judgmental and compassionate attitude.
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.
Ruth practices mindfulness in clinical practice with children who have experienced trauma. Mindfulness is a practical way to learn how to tolerate stressful situations such as traumatic memories, intrusive thoughts, anxiety and fear.
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 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.
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.
I have had a personal meditation practice for over 30 years and am trained in a variety of mindfulness and practices for use in counseling.
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.
Mindfulness involves attuning your attention to your immediate experience, without getting caught up in judgement. Practicing mindfulness allows you to live more fully in the present moment.
I utilize Mindfulness-based practice to increase our awareness. Our world moves at a very fast past which impacts our stress level and emotions. I combine Mindfulness practices with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to gain greater awareness.
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).
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.
Being present in the moment with awareness of the breath and body enables one to become aware of the physical and emotional sensations and feelings associated with a memory or recall of an experience but without judgment. I think of it as a sort of detachment with acute awareness: a contradiction but a truly effective way to help with pain management, trauma, panic, and anxiety.
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 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.
In our sessions, you may experience a mindfulness-based intervention and therapeutic approach which in practice is an important path to good physical and mental health. Mindfulness is used to bring individuals into the present moment in a non-judgmental way, where we can focus on our body\'s sensations, our thoughts and our feelings, learning to accept them without being controlled by them.
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.
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.
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-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.
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.
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.
Nurturing a spirit of mindfulness (paying active attention to our moment-to-moment experience) is the foundation of the work I do with clients.
I completed a 4 week mindfulness practice class by Kathleen Gleason MA at Portland Mindfulness Therapy Center and encourage my clients to routinely practice as well. Completing an online class entitled The Power of Mindfulness by Dr. Jack Kornfield has allowed me to see my clients and listen to their life stories with compassion and dignified respect.
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' 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.
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.
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.
Mind, body and soul as inseparable, which means psychological health is intimately linked to physical and spiritual health. In order to see clearly, we must step back and see the wider perspective.
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.