Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists in Oakland, CA

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James Wagner
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Using a mindfulness and contemplative approach, we will focus on the here and now and inquire into what lies beneath your emotional pain.
Do you struggle with feeling like you belong? Are you carrying hurts and wounds from your family of origin or other close relationships? Do you wonder about your purpose and the meaning of your life? Or maybe you have worked hard on yourself throughout your life, but still struggle to connect with others or lead a life that has intention and meaning. I would be happy to meet with you and hear more about your situation and what you believe is blocking you. Together we can explore what holds you back and create a plan to engage your life in a way that feels more purpose driven and connected to your unique soul.
Using a mindfulness and contemplative approach, we will focus on the here and now and inquire into what lies beneath your emotional pain.
Do you struggle with feeling like you belong? Are you carrying hurts and wounds from your family of origin or other close relationships? Do you wonder about your purpose and the meaning of your life? Or maybe you have worked hard on yourself throughout your life, but still struggle to connect with others or lead a life that has intention and meaning. I would be happy to meet with you and hear more about your situation and what you believe is blocking you. Together we can explore what holds you back and create a plan to engage your life in a way that feels more purpose driven and connected to your unique soul.
(510) 930-3349 View (510) 930-3349
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Erik Vincent Kahn
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94608
I utilize Somatic, Gestalt, Humanistic, Mindfulness, and EMDR approaches to help you identify, illuminate, and translate the language of your body, increasing your confidence and illuminating your integrity.
Specialized in working with men, I bring an embodied and practical approach to psychotherapy. Through collaborative play and curiosity, you will develop a rooted understanding of your inner landscape, find your center, and increase your sense of resiliency.
I utilize Somatic, Gestalt, Humanistic, Mindfulness, and EMDR approaches to help you identify, illuminate, and translate the language of your body, increasing your confidence and illuminating your integrity.
Specialized in working with men, I bring an embodied and practical approach to psychotherapy. Through collaborative play and curiosity, you will develop a rooted understanding of your inner landscape, find your center, and increase your sense of resiliency.
(510) 916-2529 View (510) 916-2529
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Theresa Ann Razzano
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CRC
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
With over 20 years experience, I have been trained and certified in using EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Interactive Guided Imagery for helping those with trauma, depression and anxiety.
What's happening in your life today? How can I help? Some need to address painful life barriers they are faced with due to depression, anxiety or trauma. Others want to figure out why their interpersonal relationships are conflicted and stressful or that they still haven't met the person they want to be with. Sometimes people come because their past has limited their future, and they need to get it all out on the table and figure out how not to be constrained in achieving their personal goals. How about you?
With over 20 years experience, I have been trained and certified in using EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Interactive Guided Imagery for helping those with trauma, depression and anxiety.
What's happening in your life today? How can I help? Some need to address painful life barriers they are faced with due to depression, anxiety or trauma. Others want to figure out why their interpersonal relationships are conflicted and stressful or that they still haven't met the person they want to be with. Sometimes people come because their past has limited their future, and they need to get it all out on the table and figure out how not to be constrained in achieving their personal goals. How about you?
(510) 660-0136 View (510) 660-0136
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Wisdom of Mind and Body
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
I specialize in mindfulness, behavioral science , and Coaching for transformation to achieve your Greatness.
We all want the same things. To be understood, recognized, treated with kindness and respect. To feel like we belong. We share the same path to growth through self-effort in overcoming challenges in our life’s journey. Are you mastering the game of life? You are more powerful than your past or stories. Truth be told, “life is simply what you create it to mean.” Imagine yourself as the eagle that soars up into the sky with Wisdom as a compass. I can help you with self-esteem, family, career, trauma, grief, chronic illness, depression, anxiety, womens’ empowerment, life transitions, relationships, death/dying, and pet loss.
I specialize in mindfulness, behavioral science , and Coaching for transformation to achieve your Greatness.
We all want the same things. To be understood, recognized, treated with kindness and respect. To feel like we belong. We share the same path to growth through self-effort in overcoming challenges in our life’s journey. Are you mastering the game of life? You are more powerful than your past or stories. Truth be told, “life is simply what you create it to mean.” Imagine yourself as the eagle that soars up into the sky with Wisdom as a compass. I can help you with self-esteem, family, career, trauma, grief, chronic illness, depression, anxiety, womens’ empowerment, life transitions, relationships, death/dying, and pet loss.
(925) 255-7552 View (925) 255-7552
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Katherine Tarnoff
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94602
I integrate play, expressive arts, music, mindfulness education and nature into therapy.
Through counseling, I support individuals, couples and families to identify patterns in behavior and communication. Our work together will be collaborative and strengths-based. It will encourage shifts in the family to promote healthy expression of emotions and communication to improve relationships. I use a directive style of communication and an active and integrative approach. I encourage parents, caregivers and other family members to be involved in the therapeutic process.
I integrate play, expressive arts, music, mindfulness education and nature into therapy.
Through counseling, I support individuals, couples and families to identify patterns in behavior and communication. Our work together will be collaborative and strengths-based. It will encourage shifts in the family to promote healthy expression of emotions and communication to improve relationships. I use a directive style of communication and an active and integrative approach. I encourage parents, caregivers and other family members to be involved in the therapeutic process.
(510) 338-4214 View (510) 338-4214
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Lizeth Toscano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
I use an eclectic approach, including expressive therapies, family systems, strengths-based therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy.
My approach is relational, healing-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative. I support parents, caregivers, and families to find their inner strengths and nurture their relationships with their children. I specialize in helping the parent-child dyad through attachment theory, empathy, and connecting communication. I aim to provide therapy based on the cultural and diverse needs of individuals, parents, families, and children. I am committed to providing emotional support and creating a safe environment where parents, families, and children can better understand themselves.
I use an eclectic approach, including expressive therapies, family systems, strengths-based therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy.
My approach is relational, healing-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative. I support parents, caregivers, and families to find their inner strengths and nurture their relationships with their children. I specialize in helping the parent-child dyad through attachment theory, empathy, and connecting communication. I aim to provide therapy based on the cultural and diverse needs of individuals, parents, families, and children. I am committed to providing emotional support and creating a safe environment where parents, families, and children can better understand themselves.
(510) 296-5557 View (510) 296-5557
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Jennifer Lara
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
I specialize in CBT, Solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness.
Childhood trauma can cripple us, it creates overpowering ‘intense’ emotions such as anxiety, depression, and anger when left unattended which begins to create physical symptoms to defend our bodies from the internal wounds. Has there ever been a time in your life where you have experienced this reaction? Are you experiencing these feelings based on current or past trauma from childhood, early teens, adolescence, adulthood, or as a senior? I aim to utilize a variety of actionable techniques to help reduce trauma related symptoms and make lasting changes in life.
I specialize in CBT, Solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness.
Childhood trauma can cripple us, it creates overpowering ‘intense’ emotions such as anxiety, depression, and anger when left unattended which begins to create physical symptoms to defend our bodies from the internal wounds. Has there ever been a time in your life where you have experienced this reaction? Are you experiencing these feelings based on current or past trauma from childhood, early teens, adolescence, adulthood, or as a senior? I aim to utilize a variety of actionable techniques to help reduce trauma related symptoms and make lasting changes in life.
(415) 200-3335 View (415) 200-3335
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Melanie Ferrari
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
I have a Neil deGrasse Tyson-like energy about brains and psychology! I'm also very authentic and direct. My style is anchored in cognitive science, attachment theory, mindfulness, social justice, parts work, and somatic psychology. I value science equally with the domain of intuition and art, and I consider myself an especially huge nerd with evolutionary psychology. I'm LGBTQIA+ identified and aligned.
I have a Neil deGrasse Tyson-like energy about brains and psychology! I'm also very authentic and direct. My style is anchored in cognitive science, attachment theory, mindfulness, social justice, parts work, and somatic psychology. I value science equally with the domain of intuition and art, and I consider myself an especially huge nerd with evolutionary psychology. I'm LGBTQIA+ identified and aligned.
(510) 826-5168 View (510) 826-5168
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Melisa Medalle
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
I am especially interested in mindfulness based offerings within trauma-informed care.
Life in this day, age, society, and global environment can be especially challenging. The systems we operate in are seemingly set up to foster stress, trauma, and injustice. Carrying this weight manifests in our bodies, minds, spirit and in turn, how we are able to show up in the world. Widespread, sweeping, systemic change takes time. However, we do have the power on a personal level, to own our sovereignty and create change from within. Every little bit of effort matters and makes a difference.
I am especially interested in mindfulness based offerings within trauma-informed care.
Life in this day, age, society, and global environment can be especially challenging. The systems we operate in are seemingly set up to foster stress, trauma, and injustice. Carrying this weight manifests in our bodies, minds, spirit and in turn, how we are able to show up in the world. Widespread, sweeping, systemic change takes time. However, we do have the power on a personal level, to own our sovereignty and create change from within. Every little bit of effort matters and makes a difference.
(415) 936-0753 View (415) 936-0753
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Dr. Chris Guthrey
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
I specialize in using a mindfulness-based approach, which may include meditation, body awareness exercises, or the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach.
I tend to work mostly with men who are searching to find deeper meaning and purpose in life. I view therapy as a sacred experience that can help you connect with your highest self and lead you to greater healing and growth. Traditional psychology tends to work on solely healing the self, whereas I see spirituality as more concerned with transcending the self. My perspective is that both are important on the journey toward wellness and fulfillment in life.
I specialize in using a mindfulness-based approach, which may include meditation, body awareness exercises, or the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach.
I tend to work mostly with men who are searching to find deeper meaning and purpose in life. I view therapy as a sacred experience that can help you connect with your highest self and lead you to greater healing and growth. Traditional psychology tends to work on solely healing the self, whereas I see spirituality as more concerned with transcending the self. My perspective is that both are important on the journey toward wellness and fulfillment in life.
(828) 548-1737 View (828) 548-1737
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Jessica Brugel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94605  (Online Only)
Welcome! The focus of my practice is to work in partnership with my clients to help build resilience and facilitate positive change. Fostering kindness and compassion with a mindfulness based approach is at the heart of my work. I provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to explore options, and also offer the respect, understanding and empathy that encourages exploration and growth. As an experienced therapist, therapy can assist with clarifying, setting and maintaining your specific goals, as well as provide a space for self-exploration.I will be there to accompany and collaborate with you on your unique journey.
Welcome! The focus of my practice is to work in partnership with my clients to help build resilience and facilitate positive change. Fostering kindness and compassion with a mindfulness based approach is at the heart of my work. I provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to explore options, and also offer the respect, understanding and empathy that encourages exploration and growth. As an experienced therapist, therapy can assist with clarifying, setting and maintaining your specific goals, as well as provide a space for self-exploration.I will be there to accompany and collaborate with you on your unique journey.
(510) 900-8026 View (510) 900-8026
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Shanna LoPresti
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
I work relationally with a trauma-informed lens, incorporating parts work, mindfulness practices, and an anti-patriarchy/social-justice orientation.
You can thrive, feel more freedom and peace, and you don't have to do it alone. Relationship challenges, confusing emotions, and transitions can leave us feeling shaky. Somatic (body-centered) therapy can help you understand yourself while healing past hurts. Every relationship you have had with others and society influences your well-being. I can help you navigate relationships with self, loved ones, and the wider world with confidence and ease. You possess tremendous inner strength, courage, and determination. If you are willing to work, you can have the change you desire. You deserve to be your best self.
I work relationally with a trauma-informed lens, incorporating parts work, mindfulness practices, and an anti-patriarchy/social-justice orientation.
You can thrive, feel more freedom and peace, and you don't have to do it alone. Relationship challenges, confusing emotions, and transitions can leave us feeling shaky. Somatic (body-centered) therapy can help you understand yourself while healing past hurts. Every relationship you have had with others and society influences your well-being. I can help you navigate relationships with self, loved ones, and the wider world with confidence and ease. You possess tremendous inner strength, courage, and determination. If you are willing to work, you can have the change you desire. You deserve to be your best self.
(415) 528-3513 View (415) 528-3513
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Sarwang Parikh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
One grounded in over a decade of practices in mindfulness and an ongoing commitment towards my own healing that include expressive arts, trauma-focused somatics and psychospiritual practices.
I support my clients to cultivate awareness and capacity to unwind from unhealthy thought and behavior patterns. I do this by drawing on their innate strengths and resilience. Collaboratively we learn to navigate challenging emotions and life transitions to rediscover aliveness, power, joy, purpose, care and a sense of connection. I bring dynamic qualities including curiosity, creativity and warmth into sessions for growth towards wholeness. My approach is guided by mindful awareness, honest inquiry and deep compassion. I am grounded in social justice, recognizing how social-historical factors impact well-being. I believe healing is a journey towards liberation.
One grounded in over a decade of practices in mindfulness and an ongoing commitment towards my own healing that include expressive arts, trauma-focused somatics and psychospiritual practices.
I support my clients to cultivate awareness and capacity to unwind from unhealthy thought and behavior patterns. I do this by drawing on their innate strengths and resilience. Collaboratively we learn to navigate challenging emotions and life transitions to rediscover aliveness, power, joy, purpose, care and a sense of connection. I bring dynamic qualities including curiosity, creativity and warmth into sessions for growth towards wholeness. My approach is guided by mindful awareness, honest inquiry and deep compassion. I am grounded in social justice, recognizing how social-historical factors impact well-being. I believe healing is a journey towards liberation.
(510) 944-1657 View (510) 944-1657
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Molly Mulanax
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a trauma informed therapist and integrate Expressive Arts Therapy, Somatic Therapy, IFS and Mindfulness into our sessions.
I specialize in treating women struggling with anxiety, depression, codependency, history of family dysfunction, history of family substance use, perfectionism and /or low self esteem. My goal as a therapist is to help you reach a greater understanding and compassion for yourself, heal from painful experiences and to find new ways of coping with stress and interacting with others. I am committed to learning about who you truly are and working with you to make long lasting changes.
I am a trauma informed therapist and integrate Expressive Arts Therapy, Somatic Therapy, IFS and Mindfulness into our sessions.
I specialize in treating women struggling with anxiety, depression, codependency, history of family dysfunction, history of family substance use, perfectionism and /or low self esteem. My goal as a therapist is to help you reach a greater understanding and compassion for yourself, heal from painful experiences and to find new ways of coping with stress and interacting with others. I am committed to learning about who you truly are and working with you to make long lasting changes.
(510) 858-2597 View (510) 858-2597
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Lili Nakita Kroutilina
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA, LMP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94606  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed in your life? Lost your sense of self and confidence? Confused by how to set boundaries and build healthy relationships? I am here for you! I can help you understand what is happening in your life and how you can heal, grow, and transform to be living the life you want. I have a trauma-informed, integrative style based on mindfulness, somatic psychology, ecotherapy, expressive arts, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, neuroscience, spirituality, and my background in holistic health, nutrition, massage, and fitness. I have a gentle yet directive, relational style
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed in your life? Lost your sense of self and confidence? Confused by how to set boundaries and build healthy relationships? I am here for you! I can help you understand what is happening in your life and how you can heal, grow, and transform to be living the life you want. I have a trauma-informed, integrative style based on mindfulness, somatic psychology, ecotherapy, expressive arts, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, neuroscience, spirituality, and my background in holistic health, nutrition, massage, and fitness. I have a gentle yet directive, relational style
(925) 900-5373 View (925) 900-5373
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Alisa Birgy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I offer a mindfulness based skills approach to help you regulate intense emotions and negative thought patterns in a supportive relationship.
I am a change oriented therapist and would like to support you in finding new solutions to old problems. I am part of a group practice that provides individual and group DBT, and I have experience working with addiction/alcoholism, trauma, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychosis. My other passion is parenting and pregnancy as I ran a parenting program for 12 years. I understand the stresses facing parents with young children, and will provide a trusting relationship where you can develop skills and experience more joy in parenting.
I offer a mindfulness based skills approach to help you regulate intense emotions and negative thought patterns in a supportive relationship.
I am a change oriented therapist and would like to support you in finding new solutions to old problems. I am part of a group practice that provides individual and group DBT, and I have experience working with addiction/alcoholism, trauma, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychosis. My other passion is parenting and pregnancy as I ran a parenting program for 12 years. I understand the stresses facing parents with young children, and will provide a trusting relationship where you can develop skills and experience more joy in parenting.
(415) 663-5488 View (415) 663-5488
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Angelina Nader
Art Therapist, MA, ATR-P
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
As an Art Therapist, I specialize in guiding clients through trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and blocks in creativity and self exploration. I help individuals, couples, and families develop practical tools for managing symptoms and stressors outside of sessions. My therapeutic approach seamlessly integrates psychodynamic and person-centered theories, complemented by EMDR, trauma-informed CBT, and mindfulness interventions. I help my clients to harness the power of creativity to deepen emotional exploration and uncover feelings that may be challenging to otherwise articulate with words.
As an Art Therapist, I specialize in guiding clients through trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and blocks in creativity and self exploration. I help individuals, couples, and families develop practical tools for managing symptoms and stressors outside of sessions. My therapeutic approach seamlessly integrates psychodynamic and person-centered theories, complemented by EMDR, trauma-informed CBT, and mindfulness interventions. I help my clients to harness the power of creativity to deepen emotional exploration and uncover feelings that may be challenging to otherwise articulate with words.
(510) 544-3656 View (510) 544-3656
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Lauren Mellone
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94602  (Online Only)
I draw wisdom from a range of theories, trainings, and life-experience, and I often incorporate mindfulness, meditation and breathing techniques.
Hi there! Finding a therapist can be a daunting task. Perhaps you're seeking extra support during a hard time, wanting to enhance your relationship(s), or feeling ready to explore some shadowy areas in your self. Maybe you are facing some existential or spiritual questions, and seeking personal transformation. All of these are vulnerable pursuits, and you want to find a therapist that feels comfortable for you! I'd love to talk with you and see if our connection feels right for the special work ahead of you.
I draw wisdom from a range of theories, trainings, and life-experience, and I often incorporate mindfulness, meditation and breathing techniques.
Hi there! Finding a therapist can be a daunting task. Perhaps you're seeking extra support during a hard time, wanting to enhance your relationship(s), or feeling ready to explore some shadowy areas in your self. Maybe you are facing some existential or spiritual questions, and seeking personal transformation. All of these are vulnerable pursuits, and you want to find a therapist that feels comfortable for you! I'd love to talk with you and see if our connection feels right for the special work ahead of you.
(415) 384-5733 View (415) 384-5733
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Leroy Watts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
I am not accepting couples currently. I work with individuals, but my focus is African American men in their first five years of marriage. My goal is to help you become more authentic in your relationships, find and live your values, and bring more peace and growth into your life. I also work with men who want to grow in terms of how they show up in their relationships. I am trained in DBT, Gottman, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness based approaches.
I am not accepting couples currently. I work with individuals, but my focus is African American men in their first five years of marriage. My goal is to help you become more authentic in your relationships, find and live your values, and bring more peace and growth into your life. I also work with men who want to grow in terms of how they show up in their relationships. I am trained in DBT, Gottman, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness based approaches.
(510) 369-2948 View (510) 369-2948
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Pay Rose
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
I incorporate a variety of therapeutic models, including: Relational, Somatic, Formative Psychology, Developmental, Humanistic, Existential, Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Mindfulness-Based models.
Psychotherapy is one of many ways to improve the quality of your life and your relationships with others. While emotional wounds from the past are often the source of challenging symptoms, our sessions focus on the present as well as the past. I place great value on a solid therapeutic relationship and through this relationship, insights will surface and positive changes can occur. My style is collaborative, interactive, and supportive. I work with an open caring heart and humbly bring my authentic self to our sessions. I welcome individuals and couples of all ages and from all walks of life.
I incorporate a variety of therapeutic models, including: Relational, Somatic, Formative Psychology, Developmental, Humanistic, Existential, Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Mindfulness-Based models.
Psychotherapy is one of many ways to improve the quality of your life and your relationships with others. While emotional wounds from the past are often the source of challenging symptoms, our sessions focus on the present as well as the past. I place great value on a solid therapeutic relationship and through this relationship, insights will surface and positive changes can occur. My style is collaborative, interactive, and supportive. I work with an open caring heart and humbly bring my authentic self to our sessions. I welcome individuals and couples of all ages and from all walks of life.
(510) 323-4326 View (510) 323-4326

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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.