Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Kathryn Anjin Harper
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95119  (Online Only)
My therapeutic approach combines cognitive-behavioral strategies, mindfulness, somatic inquiry, and positive psychology theory and techniques.
Please note: The VERY best way to get in touch is by email rather than phone. Are you feeling stuck in your life? Let’s sit together and explore all that weighs on you. I think of counseling as a form of mentoring. You have the answers in yourself. My role is being your companion and guide in accessing your own wisdom and power. You are stronger and more creative than you know. Therapy is an experience where I stay completely present to you, and help you explore, heal, and grow.
My therapeutic approach combines cognitive-behavioral strategies, mindfulness, somatic inquiry, and positive psychology theory and techniques.
Please note: The VERY best way to get in touch is by email rather than phone. Are you feeling stuck in your life? Let’s sit together and explore all that weighs on you. I think of counseling as a form of mentoring. You have the answers in yourself. My role is being your companion and guide in accessing your own wisdom and power. You are stronger and more creative than you know. Therapy is an experience where I stay completely present to you, and help you explore, heal, and grow.
(408) 542-0544 View (408) 542-0544
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Melody Culhane
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95148
My name is Melody Culhane and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have several years of experience in treating a variety of symptoms impacting individuals including anxiety, depression, PTSD, post-partum depression, and more. I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, UCSD: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), EMDR (Level II), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and The Gottman Method. I work with adults who are often trying to cope with anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship struggles, and job stress. I take a strengths-based, holistic approach.
My name is Melody Culhane and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have several years of experience in treating a variety of symptoms impacting individuals including anxiety, depression, PTSD, post-partum depression, and more. I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, UCSD: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), EMDR (Level II), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and The Gottman Method. I work with adults who are often trying to cope with anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship struggles, and job stress. I take a strengths-based, holistic approach.
(408) 692-6742 View (408) 692-6742
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Tobey Allen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95148
Hello I'm Tobey Allen, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an integrative approach to my work. I work with individuals who are coping with life transitions, including chronic health conditions, midlife changes, bereavement, and the stressors of aging parents. My specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art therapy, stress management, including mindfulness and guided imagery and grief support.
Hello I'm Tobey Allen, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an integrative approach to my work. I work with individuals who are coping with life transitions, including chronic health conditions, midlife changes, bereavement, and the stressors of aging parents. My specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art therapy, stress management, including mindfulness and guided imagery and grief support.
(408) 676-4025 View (408) 676-4025
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La Wanda Marrero
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95111
Also, play, art, mindfulness, talk, and client-interest activities offer relaxation and a therapeutic accepting environment.
Hello, I am La Wanda Marrero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT139411. I have been in practice for over 10 years. My approach is strength-based, to meet you, the client, right where you are. My area of focus is stress reduction and client goal orientation. I work with clients who have made a decision to support themselves in making realistic changes and lifestyle improvements that decrease stress, depression, and anxiety with a trauma-informed informed and natural heart approach.
Also, play, art, mindfulness, talk, and client-interest activities offer relaxation and a therapeutic accepting environment.
Hello, I am La Wanda Marrero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT139411. I have been in practice for over 10 years. My approach is strength-based, to meet you, the client, right where you are. My area of focus is stress reduction and client goal orientation. I work with clients who have made a decision to support themselves in making realistic changes and lifestyle improvements that decrease stress, depression, and anxiety with a trauma-informed informed and natural heart approach.
(408) 869-5676 View (408) 869-5676
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Erin Lundy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
I often use parts work, mindfulness, role play, visualization, EMDR, and sand tray.
Thank you for being here. I offer clients a joining experience to support the most difficult times. I work with anxiety, depression, loss, and trauma with clients who want movement of these uncomfortable processes. I bring 18 years of experience in social work, acceptance, compassion towards all human struggles, and care to my work. I have seen clients rise from their pain and feel empowered over their experiences. If you are a teacher, educator or therapist and want to attend a free workshop on June 17, 2024, we will be demonstrating art therapy interventions for child and teen development, email to RSVP.
I often use parts work, mindfulness, role play, visualization, EMDR, and sand tray.
Thank you for being here. I offer clients a joining experience to support the most difficult times. I work with anxiety, depression, loss, and trauma with clients who want movement of these uncomfortable processes. I bring 18 years of experience in social work, acceptance, compassion towards all human struggles, and care to my work. I have seen clients rise from their pain and feel empowered over their experiences. If you are a teacher, educator or therapist and want to attend a free workshop on June 17, 2024, we will be demonstrating art therapy interventions for child and teen development, email to RSVP.
(408) 668-2425 View (408) 668-2425
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Natasha Collins
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
My name is Natasha Collins. I have been an LMFT for nearly 15 years. I am passionate about helping individuals learn and develop the skills necessary to support a life that is healthy and fulfilling. Participation in therapy can help one gain insight, find clarity, replace self-defeating patterns with more supportive ones, build on strengths, learn new skills, and improve relationships. I use a proactive, personal growth, and behavioral-focused approach to therapy. I incorporate tools and strategies rooted in the following theoretical approaches: CBT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
My name is Natasha Collins. I have been an LMFT for nearly 15 years. I am passionate about helping individuals learn and develop the skills necessary to support a life that is healthy and fulfilling. Participation in therapy can help one gain insight, find clarity, replace self-defeating patterns with more supportive ones, build on strengths, learn new skills, and improve relationships. I use a proactive, personal growth, and behavioral-focused approach to therapy. I incorporate tools and strategies rooted in the following theoretical approaches: CBT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
(408) 443-3093 View (408) 443-3093
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Maria Hicks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95122
Hello, my name is Maria Hicks, and I am a Licensed Psychotherapist. I have been practicing in this field for over 10 years with a focus on individuals, couples, and children. I would be excited to be part of your journey in healing and creating a stable foundation for your growth and development. I am also bilingual and provide services in Spanish. I truly look forward to meeting you… My theoretical approaches are client-centered, holistic, and mindfulness with an emphasis on Cognitive Theory.
Hello, my name is Maria Hicks, and I am a Licensed Psychotherapist. I have been practicing in this field for over 10 years with a focus on individuals, couples, and children. I would be excited to be part of your journey in healing and creating a stable foundation for your growth and development. I am also bilingual and provide services in Spanish. I truly look forward to meeting you… My theoretical approaches are client-centered, holistic, and mindfulness with an emphasis on Cognitive Theory.
(408) 684-5650 View (408) 684-5650
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Constantine Kazos
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95117
I utilizes treatment modalities such as: CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Object Relations.
"I enjoy facilitating individual healing and growth for individuals, couples and families in order to find a path to thrive through difficult life transitions and stressful times."
I utilizes treatment modalities such as: CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Object Relations.
"I enjoy facilitating individual healing and growth for individuals, couples and families in order to find a path to thrive through difficult life transitions and stressful times."
(650) 284-2064 View (650) 284-2064
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Veronica Foster, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95130  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Specialities - Stress and anxiety management, Substance mis-use and abuse, Behavioral and chemical Compulsions, (mindfulness-based relapse prevention), Reduction of depressive & trauma symptoms, Improvement of relationships (self, family, romantic or friend), Parent coaching - working with youth (adolescents) and families of transitional age youth.
Welcome. We cannot solve life's problems except by solving them. My practice philosophy focuses on assisting every client find balance, peace, and happiness as defined by you. When we live in balance, we are better equipped to handle the storms of life, which can include relationship issues, being stuck in the past, worrying about the future, or struggling with traumatic life experiences. I begin by working with the client(s) to establish an honest and open relationship characterized by mutual trust and support. I believe in an integrative approach, which cultivates courage, emotional resilience, and mindful (somatic) awareness.
Specialities - Stress and anxiety management, Substance mis-use and abuse, Behavioral and chemical Compulsions, (mindfulness-based relapse prevention), Reduction of depressive & trauma symptoms, Improvement of relationships (self, family, romantic or friend), Parent coaching - working with youth (adolescents) and families of transitional age youth.
Welcome. We cannot solve life's problems except by solving them. My practice philosophy focuses on assisting every client find balance, peace, and happiness as defined by you. When we live in balance, we are better equipped to handle the storms of life, which can include relationship issues, being stuck in the past, worrying about the future, or struggling with traumatic life experiences. I begin by working with the client(s) to establish an honest and open relationship characterized by mutual trust and support. I believe in an integrative approach, which cultivates courage, emotional resilience, and mindful (somatic) awareness.
(408) 872-9475 View (408) 872-9475
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Anahita Mazdiyassni
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95120
If you feel overwhelmed, lost, lonely, depressed or anxious, you are not alone. In our world today, many people experience these feelings. I have dedicated the past 16 years of my life working with and helping individuals, couples, families, children and older adults facing different challenges in their lives, such as grief, relationship issues and mental illnesses. I use therapeutic approaches & techniques such as, family system, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), attachment-based therapy and mindfulness. In addition, I have trainings in Emotion-focused therapy (EFT & EFIT) a useful therapeutic approach for couples and individuals.
If you feel overwhelmed, lost, lonely, depressed or anxious, you are not alone. In our world today, many people experience these feelings. I have dedicated the past 16 years of my life working with and helping individuals, couples, families, children and older adults facing different challenges in their lives, such as grief, relationship issues and mental illnesses. I use therapeutic approaches & techniques such as, family system, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), attachment-based therapy and mindfulness. In addition, I have trainings in Emotion-focused therapy (EFT & EFIT) a useful therapeutic approach for couples and individuals.
(562) 386-0870 View (562) 386-0870
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Stacey Alvarez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95128
I believe you are the ultimate expert in this and view my role as a collaborative ally, helping you identify your passions and personal values, and helping you build that path toward living a life worth living with increased acceptance of self and mindfulness-based awareness.
Sometimes having compassion for ourselves is much harder than extending compassion to others. It’s difficult when we are dealing with thoughts that convince us we are broken or stuck, or when we are facing issues that seem larger than us, issues that appear beyond what our personal power can handle. Along with these thoughts of uncertainty come feelings such as anxiety, sadness, shame, and grief, all of which we struggle to avoid. This can make living a valued existence appear difficult or impossible. Yet it is. You don’t need to go it alone. I can see that power within you, even if you are unable to see this in yourself.
I believe you are the ultimate expert in this and view my role as a collaborative ally, helping you identify your passions and personal values, and helping you build that path toward living a life worth living with increased acceptance of self and mindfulness-based awareness.
Sometimes having compassion for ourselves is much harder than extending compassion to others. It’s difficult when we are dealing with thoughts that convince us we are broken or stuck, or when we are facing issues that seem larger than us, issues that appear beyond what our personal power can handle. Along with these thoughts of uncertainty come feelings such as anxiety, sadness, shame, and grief, all of which we struggle to avoid. This can make living a valued existence appear difficult or impossible. Yet it is. You don’t need to go it alone. I can see that power within you, even if you are unable to see this in yourself.
(669) 254-3725 View (669) 254-3725
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Cherise Stewart
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95125  (Online Only)
I use different mediums to engage clients including CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, emotion focused, psychodynamic, and positive psychology.
I welcome individuals and teens. I have experience with anxiety, relationships, low motivation, goal setting, and depression. I am happy to partner with you with working through issues with relationships, career, and to collaborate on finding ways to support you living your best life. I am a firm believer that we all have the strength and capability within ourselves to accomplish our goals; therapy is a way for people to discover and be encouraged in these abilities. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please send me an email!
I use different mediums to engage clients including CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, emotion focused, psychodynamic, and positive psychology.
I welcome individuals and teens. I have experience with anxiety, relationships, low motivation, goal setting, and depression. I am happy to partner with you with working through issues with relationships, career, and to collaborate on finding ways to support you living your best life. I am a firm believer that we all have the strength and capability within ourselves to accomplish our goals; therapy is a way for people to discover and be encouraged in these abilities. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please send me an email!
(408) 560-4596 View (408) 560-4596
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Rebecca Ochoa
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95112
I hope to cultivate a working alliance utilizing mindfulness, somatic awareness & psychoeducation to work towards what calls for healing in you.
To make real change happen we must choose. Choosing requires courage, strength & personal responsibility to undertake the intimate journey of self-discovery. The Japanese culture has a tradition of painting a broken section of pottery with gold, thereby embracing the meaning that beauty is found in the broken places. From a conscious & open heart space, I choose to meet you wherever you are in life, as life can hand us challenging situations at any moment, pushing our limits of pain, stress & comprehension. I am honored to co-create change with a diverse range of people, all ages & unique life stories,
I hope to cultivate a working alliance utilizing mindfulness, somatic awareness & psychoeducation to work towards what calls for healing in you.
To make real change happen we must choose. Choosing requires courage, strength & personal responsibility to undertake the intimate journey of self-discovery. The Japanese culture has a tradition of painting a broken section of pottery with gold, thereby embracing the meaning that beauty is found in the broken places. From a conscious & open heart space, I choose to meet you wherever you are in life, as life can hand us challenging situations at any moment, pushing our limits of pain, stress & comprehension. I am honored to co-create change with a diverse range of people, all ages & unique life stories,
(669) 222-7952 View (669) 222-7952
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Mindful Transformative8
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95148  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you don’t have experience with therapy, don’t know what it is like, or where to begin, no problem. I’m glad you’re here. I appreciate your strength for seeking support. My name is Yen, a LCSW in the Bay Area, California. And for the ones who have done therapy before, my therapeutic approach consists of a combination of CBT, DBT, mindfulness, strength-based, solution focused, and client centered. There’s no one-size fits all type of deal here. I will take the time to get to know you and work with you on this journey to see what’s best fitting while working with you.
Hi there! If you don’t have experience with therapy, don’t know what it is like, or where to begin, no problem. I’m glad you’re here. I appreciate your strength for seeking support. My name is Yen, a LCSW in the Bay Area, California. And for the ones who have done therapy before, my therapeutic approach consists of a combination of CBT, DBT, mindfulness, strength-based, solution focused, and client centered. There’s no one-size fits all type of deal here. I will take the time to get to know you and work with you on this journey to see what’s best fitting while working with you.
(669) 303-6824 View (669) 303-6824
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Veronica Ayala
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95123  (Online Only)
I integrate mindfulness and somatic practices to increase self-awareness, build self-compassion, and decrease anxiety.
Do you often feel unseen or misunderstood? Anxious and nervous when stepping into a social setting? Do you desire to speak your truth without fear of what others might think? Do you wish to feel more confident in expressing your authentic self? Wish to people please less? Are you hoping therapy can provide a safe space to explore the complexities of identity and self expression? I am here to help you navigate these challenges and help you identify root causes of behaviors, express your needs and set healthy boundaries, improve self-esteem and self-worth, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and enhance communication skills.
I integrate mindfulness and somatic practices to increase self-awareness, build self-compassion, and decrease anxiety.
Do you often feel unseen or misunderstood? Anxious and nervous when stepping into a social setting? Do you desire to speak your truth without fear of what others might think? Do you wish to feel more confident in expressing your authentic self? Wish to people please less? Are you hoping therapy can provide a safe space to explore the complexities of identity and self expression? I am here to help you navigate these challenges and help you identify root causes of behaviors, express your needs and set healthy boundaries, improve self-esteem and self-worth, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and enhance communication skills.
(408) 403-5578 View (408) 403-5578
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Sanctuary Counseling & Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCM
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I utilize a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Based therapies to effect change.
Depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, addictions and emotional challenges can disrupt our lives and everything we hold dear. I will work with you to develop a plan and set reachable goals to improve your quality of life.
I utilize a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Based therapies to effect change.
Depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, addictions and emotional challenges can disrupt our lives and everything we hold dear. I will work with you to develop a plan and set reachable goals to improve your quality of life.
(669) 273-1905 View (669) 273-1905
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T Joshua Tan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
By utilizing CBT, Mindfulness, and Narrative therapy, We will explore healthy ways to process your trauma, regulate the extreme emotions, restore broken relationships, and discover your other potentials.
Is anxiety, depression, or trauma holding you back from being your true self? Do you feel stuck in managing difficult life transitions? Now, every little thing becomes super overwhelming. Those negative experiences reopen old wounds and cause new ones. You tried burying your pain hoping it would go away. You feel lonely and tormented. You feel exhausted, stressed, and angry all the time. You wonder how much more you can take. You are unsure of who or where to turn for help. In the midst of this painful journey, you do not have to go through it alone.
By utilizing CBT, Mindfulness, and Narrative therapy, We will explore healthy ways to process your trauma, regulate the extreme emotions, restore broken relationships, and discover your other potentials.
Is anxiety, depression, or trauma holding you back from being your true self? Do you feel stuck in managing difficult life transitions? Now, every little thing becomes super overwhelming. Those negative experiences reopen old wounds and cause new ones. You tried burying your pain hoping it would go away. You feel lonely and tormented. You feel exhausted, stressed, and angry all the time. You wonder how much more you can take. You are unsure of who or where to turn for help. In the midst of this painful journey, you do not have to go through it alone.
(408) 351-0884 View (408) 351-0884
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Patty Marsette
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95130  (Online Only)
In addition to going at your pace, I incorporate mindfulness, visualization, relaxation exercises and somatic therapy as a way to regulate stress and to enhance the strengths you already have.
My training as a licensed MFT has taught me to treat a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, parenting issues, relationship problems and trauma. I also have advanced training and experience working with PTSD, past trauma, panic and phobias. My goal and passion is to provide you with the tools to create and maintain life-affirming change in order to lead a more balanced and empowered life. I am EMDR trained, which is a powerful method for releasing past trauma and the depression and anxieties that go with it.
In addition to going at your pace, I incorporate mindfulness, visualization, relaxation exercises and somatic therapy as a way to regulate stress and to enhance the strengths you already have.
My training as a licensed MFT has taught me to treat a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, parenting issues, relationship problems and trauma. I also have advanced training and experience working with PTSD, past trauma, panic and phobias. My goal and passion is to provide you with the tools to create and maintain life-affirming change in order to lead a more balanced and empowered life. I am EMDR trained, which is a powerful method for releasing past trauma and the depression and anxieties that go with it.
(408) 882-1521 View (408) 882-1521
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Jessica Hupf
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I focus on women's mental health, emphasizing holistic well-being, relationship management, work-life balance, and parenting support. Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness, I address challenges like stress, anxiety, and the impacts of physical health on psychological well-being. My practice offers tailored strategies for navigating personal and professional relationships, enhancing emotional regulation, and managing parenting responsibilities. My goal is to empower women to achieve resilience and balanced living.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I focus on women's mental health, emphasizing holistic well-being, relationship management, work-life balance, and parenting support. Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness, I address challenges like stress, anxiety, and the impacts of physical health on psychological well-being. My practice offers tailored strategies for navigating personal and professional relationships, enhancing emotional regulation, and managing parenting responsibilities. My goal is to empower women to achieve resilience and balanced living.
(669) 280-5590 View (669) 280-5590
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Tanya Frausto
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
As a practitioner, I use techniques and approaches from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Loving-Kindness Meditation, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness.
Hello, my name is Tanya Frausto. I proudly identify as a bilingual, first-generation Latina college graduate, daughter of immigrants, who comes from a low-income background. I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego, a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University, and am licensed in the state of California. I have 13 years in the helping profession serving clients in all stages of life from school-aged children to the elderly. For the past eight years, I have served veterans in a skilled nursing facility, supporting them through end-of-life issues, adjustment, depression, anxiety, and grief.
As a practitioner, I use techniques and approaches from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Loving-Kindness Meditation, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness.
Hello, my name is Tanya Frausto. I proudly identify as a bilingual, first-generation Latina college graduate, daughter of immigrants, who comes from a low-income background. I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego, a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University, and am licensed in the state of California. I have 13 years in the helping profession serving clients in all stages of life from school-aged children to the elderly. For the past eight years, I have served veterans in a skilled nursing facility, supporting them through end-of-life issues, adjustment, depression, anxiety, and grief.
(408) 668-0825 View (408) 668-0825
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.