Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Stephanie Gonzalez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
I use evidence-based therapies including CBT, attachment-based therapy, ACT, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Couples are constantly being faced with life's challenges, obstacles and pivots that greatly impact their relationship. Many couples have the right ingredients to make a relationship work and they may just need help finding a recipe. Therapy is a great place to try out new skills, reconnect, and discover ways your relationship can thrive. Whether it's one problem you want to address or fortify your relationship from the ground up, together, we work towards your unique relationship goals. My clients look for support in areas of family planning, financial health, Pre-marital support, grief, loss and transitions and so much more!
I use evidence-based therapies including CBT, attachment-based therapy, ACT, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Couples are constantly being faced with life's challenges, obstacles and pivots that greatly impact their relationship. Many couples have the right ingredients to make a relationship work and they may just need help finding a recipe. Therapy is a great place to try out new skills, reconnect, and discover ways your relationship can thrive. Whether it's one problem you want to address or fortify your relationship from the ground up, together, we work towards your unique relationship goals. My clients look for support in areas of family planning, financial health, Pre-marital support, grief, loss and transitions and so much more!
(818) 351-7702 View (818) 351-7702
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Alisa Dennis
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
I facilitate mindfulness meditation and other somatic techniques which can offer transformative tools to support you in feeling greater insight, clarity, happiness, and fulfillment.
People come to my office with a variety of concerns related to relationships, identity, spirituality, career, self-development, or life purpose. Others may be seeking relief from trauma response patterns, anxiety or depression. In a rapidly changing and tumultuous world, people often feel comforted by the presence of a therapist who can provide a safe enough space to understand themselves, resolve conflicts, and live with more coherence and freedom from unfulfilling relational patterns. I listen with an intuitive and compassionate heart and give you tools to navigate through stressful times with greater resiliency and embodiment.
I facilitate mindfulness meditation and other somatic techniques which can offer transformative tools to support you in feeling greater insight, clarity, happiness, and fulfillment.
People come to my office with a variety of concerns related to relationships, identity, spirituality, career, self-development, or life purpose. Others may be seeking relief from trauma response patterns, anxiety or depression. In a rapidly changing and tumultuous world, people often feel comforted by the presence of a therapist who can provide a safe enough space to understand themselves, resolve conflicts, and live with more coherence and freedom from unfulfilling relational patterns. I listen with an intuitive and compassionate heart and give you tools to navigate through stressful times with greater resiliency and embodiment.
(818) 946-2125 View (818) 946-2125
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Amy Squires
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90041
I offer a range of tools (including EMDR & mindfulness) as needed by each client that help with emotional regulation, eg managing anxiety, ruminating thoughts, overwhelming moods.
I specialize in helping clients pursue healthy relationships, including: couples work, resolving effects of early trauma, especially CPTS (complex post-traumatic stress), setting boundaries and communicating needs, repairing or deepening partner connection, finding a partner, workplace conflict / career or creative blocks, recognizing & grappling with systemic oppression & intergenerational trauma, increasing social skills/coping with social anxiety.
I offer a range of tools (including EMDR & mindfulness) as needed by each client that help with emotional regulation, eg managing anxiety, ruminating thoughts, overwhelming moods.
I specialize in helping clients pursue healthy relationships, including: couples work, resolving effects of early trauma, especially CPTS (complex post-traumatic stress), setting boundaries and communicating needs, repairing or deepening partner connection, finding a partner, workplace conflict / career or creative blocks, recognizing & grappling with systemic oppression & intergenerational trauma, increasing social skills/coping with social anxiety.
(323) 402-6599 View (323) 402-6599
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Sharon Rubinstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039
I have an integrative approach to therapy, drawing on evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), ACT, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, as well as Attachment-based Psychodynamic Therapy.
It takes courage to take the first step. I consider it a privilege to walk beside you on your journey to a more rewarding and fulfilling life. I approach psychotherapy in an integrative, holistic manner that incorporates an understanding of the inter-relatedness of mind, body, and emotional health. I provide a safe and nurturing space for you to explore your feelings and express yourself. Respect, compassion, and empathy are the cornerstones of my practice. I'll also challenge you in a direct, yet supportive and nonjudgmental manner, to help guide you on your quest for self-discovery while strengthening your emotional intelligence.
I have an integrative approach to therapy, drawing on evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), ACT, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, as well as Attachment-based Psychodynamic Therapy.
It takes courage to take the first step. I consider it a privilege to walk beside you on your journey to a more rewarding and fulfilling life. I approach psychotherapy in an integrative, holistic manner that incorporates an understanding of the inter-relatedness of mind, body, and emotional health. I provide a safe and nurturing space for you to explore your feelings and express yourself. Respect, compassion, and empathy are the cornerstones of my practice. I'll also challenge you in a direct, yet supportive and nonjudgmental manner, to help guide you on your quest for self-discovery while strengthening your emotional intelligence.
(323) 518-1181 View (323) 518-1181
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Sara R. van Koningsveld
Counselor, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036  (Online Only)
My practice integrates: CBT, positive psychology, mindfulness, and holistic approaches.
Life gets difficult. -Our distress may make us uncomfortable, overwhelmed, anxious, angry, sad and/or depressed. -Maybe we experienced a job loss, have to move, had a significant relationship end, or experienced a major shift, change, or transition in our life. -Really, we want to feel "better" and "happier", but how do we get there? Short-term counseling or coaching can help and sometimes we needed to address deeper issues and patterns through psychotherapy. Each of us is different, but maybe you found your way here because you are ready to let go, ready to grow, and ready for something new, different, and better for your life.
My practice integrates: CBT, positive psychology, mindfulness, and holistic approaches.
Life gets difficult. -Our distress may make us uncomfortable, overwhelmed, anxious, angry, sad and/or depressed. -Maybe we experienced a job loss, have to move, had a significant relationship end, or experienced a major shift, change, or transition in our life. -Really, we want to feel "better" and "happier", but how do we get there? Short-term counseling or coaching can help and sometimes we needed to address deeper issues and patterns through psychotherapy. Each of us is different, but maybe you found your way here because you are ready to let go, ready to grow, and ready for something new, different, and better for your life.
(323) 210-4786 View (323) 210-4786
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Gabrielle Bodzin
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90034  (Online Only)
I offer non-judgmental, curious space, incorporating embodiment, mindfulness, & humor.
Becoming the adults and/or partners we want to be is often a transformational and evolutionary process. I support couples with building security, & women and men who are eager to gain deeper self-understanding and reparent themselves, who want to heal from wounds of past relationships and their upbringing, and ultimately live more free. I often work with spiritually inclined folks who are in the self-discovery process and offer existential support, exploring our role in the web of existence and the meaning of being here. I also support folks in the healing process with chronic illness, trauma, binge eating, anxiety, & grief.
I offer non-judgmental, curious space, incorporating embodiment, mindfulness, & humor.
Becoming the adults and/or partners we want to be is often a transformational and evolutionary process. I support couples with building security, & women and men who are eager to gain deeper self-understanding and reparent themselves, who want to heal from wounds of past relationships and their upbringing, and ultimately live more free. I often work with spiritually inclined folks who are in the self-discovery process and offer existential support, exploring our role in the web of existence and the meaning of being here. I also support folks in the healing process with chronic illness, trauma, binge eating, anxiety, & grief.
(626) 416-4125 View (626) 416-4125
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Kathie Ahn
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90027  (Online Only)
I work with diverse folks and use: Psychodynamic, mindfulness, body awareness, cognitive-behavioral, existential, feminist, and narrative therapy approaches to achieve self-compassion and understanding of one's well being.
We all go through challenges. Oppressive experiences, trauma, dominant narratives, and social conditioning from our upbringing affect our emotions, moods, nervous systems, and sense of self. These experiences show up as: identity/sexuality issues, depression, anxiety, low self-value, difficulty staying present, and problems with our interpersonal and romantic relationships. You want to make changes and be seen, but it's scary and difficult if you don’t know how or know where to start. By working together, we can safely work towards finding the authentic, whole person that already resides in you.
I work with diverse folks and use: Psychodynamic, mindfulness, body awareness, cognitive-behavioral, existential, feminist, and narrative therapy approaches to achieve self-compassion and understanding of one's well being.
We all go through challenges. Oppressive experiences, trauma, dominant narratives, and social conditioning from our upbringing affect our emotions, moods, nervous systems, and sense of self. These experiences show up as: identity/sexuality issues, depression, anxiety, low self-value, difficulty staying present, and problems with our interpersonal and romantic relationships. You want to make changes and be seen, but it's scary and difficult if you don’t know how or know where to start. By working together, we can safely work towards finding the authentic, whole person that already resides in you.
(213) 817-5279 View (213) 817-5279
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Damiana A Valentini
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
I use a variety of therapeutic approaches— psychodynamic, Gestalt, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Emotionally Focused Therapy and mindfulness-based practices – in an effort to discover the happy, peaceful life we all desire.
Whether one is suffering from depression, anxiety, grief and loss, unresolved trauma, or challenges in relationships, I am here to provide a space to explore these issues and foster personal growth. I understand that you are the expert in your life, and I am there to provide the support and feedback you need to address life’s challenges, identify barriers, explore solutions, and help you achieve your goals.
I use a variety of therapeutic approaches— psychodynamic, Gestalt, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Emotionally Focused Therapy and mindfulness-based practices – in an effort to discover the happy, peaceful life we all desire.
Whether one is suffering from depression, anxiety, grief and loss, unresolved trauma, or challenges in relationships, I am here to provide a space to explore these issues and foster personal growth. I understand that you are the expert in your life, and I am there to provide the support and feedback you need to address life’s challenges, identify barriers, explore solutions, and help you achieve your goals.
(818) 696-5613 View (818) 696-5613
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Sasha Khalili
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90066
I work from a psychodynamic perspective, a cognitive behavioral standpoint, an integrative approach, an existential perspective, mindfulness oriented, a Buddhist lens, solution focused, and humanistic modality.
Therapy can hold a space of exploring where our inner observer is hiding and how we can pull their reaching hand through the unconscious rubble. Where we can point to elements in our self dialogue that fuel our dissatisfaction. Where we can feel the emotions that are in cohesion with our experience. This is where change lies and where we as an alliance can help facilitate a life you've been waiting to embark on. Whether it is addiction, familial conflict, identity disarray, lack of passion, anxiety spirals. depressive bruising, or relationship chaos, I offer you the space where we can combat these psychic tensions, together.
I work from a psychodynamic perspective, a cognitive behavioral standpoint, an integrative approach, an existential perspective, mindfulness oriented, a Buddhist lens, solution focused, and humanistic modality.
Therapy can hold a space of exploring where our inner observer is hiding and how we can pull their reaching hand through the unconscious rubble. Where we can point to elements in our self dialogue that fuel our dissatisfaction. Where we can feel the emotions that are in cohesion with our experience. This is where change lies and where we as an alliance can help facilitate a life you've been waiting to embark on. Whether it is addiction, familial conflict, identity disarray, lack of passion, anxiety spirals. depressive bruising, or relationship chaos, I offer you the space where we can combat these psychic tensions, together.
(310) 956-1435 View (310) 956-1435
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Danielle Nay
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LPCC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed? These can be symptoms of your life being impacted by past events. I specialize in the treatment of trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Together we will create a safe space where you can feel and be heard. As we explore and reprocess past traumas, we begin to lighten the emotional burden we’ve carried, and sense of relief is experienced. I utilize EMDR, CBT, mindfulness and other approaches to assist adolescents and adults with developing insight and feeling empowered to change behaviors and thoughts that no longer serve them.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed? These can be symptoms of your life being impacted by past events. I specialize in the treatment of trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Together we will create a safe space where you can feel and be heard. As we explore and reprocess past traumas, we begin to lighten the emotional burden we’ve carried, and sense of relief is experienced. I utilize EMDR, CBT, mindfulness and other approaches to assist adolescents and adults with developing insight and feeling empowered to change behaviors and thoughts that no longer serve them.
(949) 271-7803 View (949) 271-7803
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www.Chelsea CanningLCSW.com
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCM, C-ASWCM
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
Mindfulness-Based Therapy Certified.
We all need a little help from time to time to pull ourselves out of our...grief, trauma, depression, confusing thoughts, self criticism, intense feelings, and improve our relationship with ourselves and others. Helping ease your painful moments is the most important work we can accomplish together. Sometimes we just need someone to stand by us, assure us that it's going to be okay and guide us through the tough parts. Please give me a call today, we can see how to work together for a better quality of life.
Mindfulness-Based Therapy Certified.
We all need a little help from time to time to pull ourselves out of our...grief, trauma, depression, confusing thoughts, self criticism, intense feelings, and improve our relationship with ourselves and others. Helping ease your painful moments is the most important work we can accomplish together. Sometimes we just need someone to stand by us, assure us that it's going to be okay and guide us through the tough parts. Please give me a call today, we can see how to work together for a better quality of life.
(424) 338-9400 View (424) 338-9400
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Susan Seeck
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I work to empower my clients when they having difficulty so they can move on to achieve their goals. From the safe and confidential setting of my office, I work in a positive and supportive way with each client to assist him/her in gaining insights into challenging issues. In addition to helping clients decrease depression, anxiety, and stress, I enjoy helping couples with relationship issues, providing mindfulness skills, enhancing creativity, and assisting clients in coping with trauma/PTSD. I have experience with clients with bipolar issues, addictions, and abuse.
I work to empower my clients when they having difficulty so they can move on to achieve their goals. From the safe and confidential setting of my office, I work in a positive and supportive way with each client to assist him/her in gaining insights into challenging issues. In addition to helping clients decrease depression, anxiety, and stress, I enjoy helping couples with relationship issues, providing mindfulness skills, enhancing creativity, and assisting clients in coping with trauma/PTSD. I have experience with clients with bipolar issues, addictions, and abuse.
(424) 294-8993 View (424) 294-8993
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Brittney Green
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR, IFS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I can also help you discover new coping skills which include mindfulness, interpersonal skills, and emotional regulation techniques.
Life can feel impossible to avoid struggling and we often don't feel we have the skills to cope successfully through. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have all the resources we need for a given situation. Parts of us take on desperate roles trying to help us to survive. This might look like anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and relationship/family issues. I aim to help you process unresolved issues and feelings and find solutions.
I can also help you discover new coping skills which include mindfulness, interpersonal skills, and emotional regulation techniques.
Life can feel impossible to avoid struggling and we often don't feel we have the skills to cope successfully through. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have all the resources we need for a given situation. Parts of us take on desperate roles trying to help us to survive. This might look like anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and relationship/family issues. I aim to help you process unresolved issues and feelings and find solutions.
(310) 956-1736 View (310) 956-1736
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Vanessa Harvell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Along with sex & couples therapy, I have training in trauma therapy (EMDR), mindfulness, CBT, addiction recovery, behavioral & mind-body interventions.
I am a licensed psychotherapist specializing in sex therapy & sexual wellness. I help my clients work through sexual shame, trauma, anxiety, painful sex, issues around arousal, orgasm & desire, compulsive behavior/”porn or sex” addiction, & sexual inexperience or anorexia. I believe my first job is to create a sense of safety by attuning to you and ensuring you a shame-free/judgment-free space. My second job is to help you identify the obstacles that are blocking you from sexual well-being and use my expertise, training and education so that you can get unstuck, reach your goals & find deep healing with sustained change.
Along with sex & couples therapy, I have training in trauma therapy (EMDR), mindfulness, CBT, addiction recovery, behavioral & mind-body interventions.
I am a licensed psychotherapist specializing in sex therapy & sexual wellness. I help my clients work through sexual shame, trauma, anxiety, painful sex, issues around arousal, orgasm & desire, compulsive behavior/”porn or sex” addiction, & sexual inexperience or anorexia. I believe my first job is to create a sense of safety by attuning to you and ensuring you a shame-free/judgment-free space. My second job is to help you identify the obstacles that are blocking you from sexual well-being and use my expertise, training and education so that you can get unstuck, reach your goals & find deep healing with sustained change.
(619) 517-1031 View (619) 517-1031
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Hayli Evans
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90029  (Online Only)
I love helping clients to connect with their bodies through mindfulness, somatic techniques, and breathwork.
My name is Hayli Evans and I specialize in working with survivors of trauma. I use a trauma-informed, holistic, and collaborative approach to therapy, integrating the body, mind, and spirit into the healing process. I am passionate about working with adults struggling with issues related to trauma, PTSD, (CPTSD), sexual assault, substance abuse, stress management, anxiety, depression, sex, relationships, and communication.
I love helping clients to connect with their bodies through mindfulness, somatic techniques, and breathwork.
My name is Hayli Evans and I specialize in working with survivors of trauma. I use a trauma-informed, holistic, and collaborative approach to therapy, integrating the body, mind, and spirit into the healing process. I am passionate about working with adults struggling with issues related to trauma, PTSD, (CPTSD), sexual assault, substance abuse, stress management, anxiety, depression, sex, relationships, and communication.
(818) 350-5689 View (818) 350-5689
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Lauren Curnyn
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
As a practitioner of CBT, Depth Psychology, Play Therapy, somatic therapy, mindfulness and much more it is my belief that our inner and outer lives need equal attention. My work is with children, adolescents and adults however, I have a great passion for working with children and believe that supporting their needs acts as preventative medicine for the world, providing them tools to become healthy adults. Additionally, I work to integrate physical health and nutrition into my therapy practice by connecting clients with practitioners that support client holistic well-being.
As a practitioner of CBT, Depth Psychology, Play Therapy, somatic therapy, mindfulness and much more it is my belief that our inner and outer lives need equal attention. My work is with children, adolescents and adults however, I have a great passion for working with children and believe that supporting their needs acts as preventative medicine for the world, providing them tools to become healthy adults. Additionally, I work to integrate physical health and nutrition into my therapy practice by connecting clients with practitioners that support client holistic well-being.
(310) 742-9465 View (310) 742-9465
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Aaron Aviera
Psychologist, PhD, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Waitlist for new clients
Mindfulness and Somatic/body oriented approaches to therapy are central elements of my work with clients, as well as EMDR.
Thank you for taking time to read about my work. I am a clinical psychologist (PhD, UCLA, 1991) and have been providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples for over twenty five years. My approach integrates insight oriented/depth psychotherapy with mindfulness/meditation within a framework of body awareness. A central part of therapy is the mutually created caring and healing relationship. If we work together, time will be devoted to building a trusting, safe and containing relationship where early (developmental) as well as more recent challenges can be discussed, explored and healed.
Mindfulness and Somatic/body oriented approaches to therapy are central elements of my work with clients, as well as EMDR.
Thank you for taking time to read about my work. I am a clinical psychologist (PhD, UCLA, 1991) and have been providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples for over twenty five years. My approach integrates insight oriented/depth psychotherapy with mindfulness/meditation within a framework of body awareness. A central part of therapy is the mutually created caring and healing relationship. If we work together, time will be devoted to building a trusting, safe and containing relationship where early (developmental) as well as more recent challenges can be discussed, explored and healed.
(424) 322-1664 View (424) 322-1664
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Gila Shapiro
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CST
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
My holistic approach integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices and direct interventions that are based on your needs in the moment. I work with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and sexual difficulties (couples and individuals). I help people develop emotional insight and clarity and we learn new skills to facilitate growth and balance. My purpose is to help people live more authentically, with intention and meaning.
My holistic approach integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices and direct interventions that are based on your needs in the moment. I work with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and sexual difficulties (couples and individuals). I help people develop emotional insight and clarity and we learn new skills to facilitate growth and balance. My purpose is to help people live more authentically, with intention and meaning.
(323) 744-1847 View (323) 744-1847
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Ventana Garen
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Using mindfulness, somatic therapy, and attachment-based techniques, I help you reconnect with your inner strength and values, paving the way for transformative growth in your relationship with yourself and others.
If you're navigating anxiety, depression, trauma or life's transitions, I'm here to support you. Whether it's relationship struggles or the challenges of parenthood, your desire for empowerment and self-discovery is at the heart of our journey together. Ready to feel understood, supported, and equipped with tools to overcome obstacles? Looking to explore sexuality, love, and your relationships? My training blends neurobiology, practical tools, and embodiment practices to support you into authentic expression and greater freedom.
Using mindfulness, somatic therapy, and attachment-based techniques, I help you reconnect with your inner strength and values, paving the way for transformative growth in your relationship with yourself and others.
If you're navigating anxiety, depression, trauma or life's transitions, I'm here to support you. Whether it's relationship struggles or the challenges of parenthood, your desire for empowerment and self-discovery is at the heart of our journey together. Ready to feel understood, supported, and equipped with tools to overcome obstacles? Looking to explore sexuality, love, and your relationships? My training blends neurobiology, practical tools, and embodiment practices to support you into authentic expression and greater freedom.
(213) 296-0199 View (213) 296-0199
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Jayson L. Mystkowski
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dr. Mystkowski (he/his/him) practices within a cognitive-behavioral framework, including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, compassion-focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy, specializing in treating adults with anxiety and mood disorders and relational problems and phase of life transitions. In addition, he has training in the psychological treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), insomnia, and bipolar disorder, as well as an extensive background working with LGBTQ+ clients. Dr. Mystkowski is Board Certified in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology (ABPP), and is a certified CBT therapist (A-CBT).
Dr. Mystkowski (he/his/him) practices within a cognitive-behavioral framework, including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, compassion-focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy, specializing in treating adults with anxiety and mood disorders and relational problems and phase of life transitions. In addition, he has training in the psychological treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), insomnia, and bipolar disorder, as well as an extensive background working with LGBTQ+ clients. Dr. Mystkowski is Board Certified in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology (ABPP), and is a certified CBT therapist (A-CBT).
(310) 579-9335 View (310) 579-9335

Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists

How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy originated in the work of John Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He developed mindfulness-based stress reduction, which is a technique found in yoga and meditation. MBCT is a combination of this type of stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy; it essentially quiets emotional distress through mindfulness, utilizing proper breathing and meditation. These techniques aim to bring the individual into the present moment when in a state of distress.

When do I know if I need treatment with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

If an individual’s mind is filled with emotional distress and general negativity, the person may feel trapped. A mindfulness-based cognitive therapist can help a person change their thinking patterns as well as their behavior through calm acceptance and compassion. This therapy can provide an individual with the coping skills needed for a healthier and more constructive life.

What should I expect from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

This therapy often takes place in group sessions. A therapist will work with the group as well as with each individual. Meditation and breathing exercises are core practices that aim to invite inquiry and discovery into a person’s troubled mental state. The objective is to identify and lessen negative thoughts and behaviors and move toward optimal health and productivity. The individual will see life in a more realistic way. This therapy is supportive, accepting, and warm.

Is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy effective?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is evidence-based and effective. One study found that people with major depressive disorder have benefitted from this type of therapy; the person accepts their distressed thoughts and also moves into healthier patterns of thinking. This therapy also aims to move an individual away from automatic negative responses. This type of therapy can bring a person lifelong change, with higher levels of satisfaction, less stress, as well as positive emotional and behavioral habits.