Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Anne Zakaras
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
Anne Zakaras, LCPC, ATR-BC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist. Her integrative, client-centered approach is rooted in evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices often but not always combined with art therapy techniques in order to treat a variety of mental health concerns. In addition to being a Board Certified Art Therapist, Anne is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a Certified Grief Informed Professional.
Anne Zakaras, LCPC, ATR-BC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist. Her integrative, client-centered approach is rooted in evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices often but not always combined with art therapy techniques in order to treat a variety of mental health concerns. In addition to being a Board Certified Art Therapist, Anne is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a Certified Grief Informed Professional.
(773) 923-1973 View (773) 923-1973
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Traci Patterson
Licensed Professional Counselor, CADC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
I use Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, inner child work, breath work, mindfulness, CBT, and 12-Step principles to holistically guide clients.
You may feel increasingly more anxious, emotional, or depressed. Life may even feel unmanageable. You might find yourself trying to fill internal voids with external things, such as substances, food, sex, or relationships. Experiences from your past could leave you feeling stuck in your present. Change can be terrifying, and taking that first step may feel really scary.
I use Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, inner child work, breath work, mindfulness, CBT, and 12-Step principles to holistically guide clients.
You may feel increasingly more anxious, emotional, or depressed. Life may even feel unmanageable. You might find yourself trying to fill internal voids with external things, such as substances, food, sex, or relationships. Experiences from your past could leave you feeling stuck in your present. Change can be terrifying, and taking that first step may feel really scary.
(312) 626-0459 View (312) 626-0459
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Shanel Jackson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, REAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60607  (Online Only)
In addition to traditional counseling & psychotherapy methods, I offer creative arts processes, energy therapies and mindfulness practices to support you on your journey of healing, personal growth and transformation.
Perhaps you feel stuck, with no clear sense of purpose and don’t know the next steps to move forward in your life. Or your environment is not supportive, and you feel disconnected, frustrated and unheard in your relationships. Maybe you're dealing with anxiety, depression, or emotional wounds caused by racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of oppression. And maybe you aren't even sure what the problem is, you just know things aren't working. I am here to support you in creating deep and meaningful change, so you can live the authentic and empowering life that you deserve to have.
In addition to traditional counseling & psychotherapy methods, I offer creative arts processes, energy therapies and mindfulness practices to support you on your journey of healing, personal growth and transformation.
Perhaps you feel stuck, with no clear sense of purpose and don’t know the next steps to move forward in your life. Or your environment is not supportive, and you feel disconnected, frustrated and unheard in your relationships. Maybe you're dealing with anxiety, depression, or emotional wounds caused by racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of oppression. And maybe you aren't even sure what the problem is, you just know things aren't working. I am here to support you in creating deep and meaningful change, so you can live the authentic and empowering life that you deserve to have.
(312) 629-4984 View (312) 629-4984
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Linda Carlson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60654  (Online Only)
I love working within the frameworks of Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but we can explore other options as we go that resonate with you! Please take that step to send an email and get started.
I am accepting New Patients! In-network with Aetna, BCBS/Anthem, Cigna, and UHC/Optum. Let's schedule a free phone consult to see if we are a good fit to work together. It can be difficult to navigate personal change, loss, life transitions or maintaining motivation... Looking at you: new college student, new parent, caregiver for aging family or person transitioning children out of the home. Are you feeling stressed or stretched thin? This can look like depression, anxiety, procrastination or feeling overwhelmed. We can work on that together! There are always strengths in each person's situation that we can build on and maximize.
I love working within the frameworks of Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but we can explore other options as we go that resonate with you! Please take that step to send an email and get started.
I am accepting New Patients! In-network with Aetna, BCBS/Anthem, Cigna, and UHC/Optum. Let's schedule a free phone consult to see if we are a good fit to work together. It can be difficult to navigate personal change, loss, life transitions or maintaining motivation... Looking at you: new college student, new parent, caregiver for aging family or person transitioning children out of the home. Are you feeling stressed or stretched thin? This can look like depression, anxiety, procrastination or feeling overwhelmed. We can work on that together! There are always strengths in each person's situation that we can build on and maximize.
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Jessica Pontis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
Also, I'm experienced in utilizing CBT, DBT, Mindfulness Based Practices, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, ACT, and REBT.
Whether you've seen a therapist before, or are reaching out for support for the first time, beginning with new therapist can feel scary or uncertain. I respect these feelings and work with my clients to create an empowering dynamic. I believe in the power of an honest, open, and empathetic space of healing. When individuals feel heard, validated, and supported in a non-judgmental environment that's when the healing begins, and I try my best to create exactly that for my clients. I strive to assist clients in navigating their lives to help them reach their goals by focusing on a person's uniqueness and individual strengths.
Also, I'm experienced in utilizing CBT, DBT, Mindfulness Based Practices, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, ACT, and REBT.
Whether you've seen a therapist before, or are reaching out for support for the first time, beginning with new therapist can feel scary or uncertain. I respect these feelings and work with my clients to create an empowering dynamic. I believe in the power of an honest, open, and empathetic space of healing. When individuals feel heard, validated, and supported in a non-judgmental environment that's when the healing begins, and I try my best to create exactly that for my clients. I strive to assist clients in navigating their lives to help them reach their goals by focusing on a person's uniqueness and individual strengths.
(773) 902-0691 View (773) 902-0691
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Elba Iris Lara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60654
Are you in a place where you feel the need to make changes in your life to improve your happiness and overall well-being? Maybe it's addressing your social drug/alcohol use, or wondering why you feel stuck, and feel the need to explore your intrinsic wants/needs. I believe there's an importance in empowering one's spirit, identifying blocks, and in learning new skills to strengthen one's ability to make wanted changes. I focus on enhancing existing strengths, encouraging mindfulness, and building coping skills to support these changes.
Are you in a place where you feel the need to make changes in your life to improve your happiness and overall well-being? Maybe it's addressing your social drug/alcohol use, or wondering why you feel stuck, and feel the need to explore your intrinsic wants/needs. I believe there's an importance in empowering one's spirit, identifying blocks, and in learning new skills to strengthen one's ability to make wanted changes. I focus on enhancing existing strengths, encouraging mindfulness, and building coping skills to support these changes.
(872) 395-6223 View (872) 395-6223
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Aisling Byrne
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
As a registered yoga teacher, I offer to incorporate mind-body connection and mindfulness techniques where appropriate while encouraging clients to connect with their physical, mental, and emotional selves.
My therapeutic work focuses on individuals and couples exploring sex, intimacy, sexuality, and relationship matters. I understand the vulnerability involved in sharing these personal aspects of life, so I strive to create a safe, welcoming, and encouraging space through a strong therapeutic relationship built on authenticity, compassion, and shared laughter. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming, sex-positive, and provide a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach.
As a registered yoga teacher, I offer to incorporate mind-body connection and mindfulness techniques where appropriate while encouraging clients to connect with their physical, mental, and emotional selves.
My therapeutic work focuses on individuals and couples exploring sex, intimacy, sexuality, and relationship matters. I understand the vulnerability involved in sharing these personal aspects of life, so I strive to create a safe, welcoming, and encouraging space through a strong therapeutic relationship built on authenticity, compassion, and shared laughter. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming, sex-positive, and provide a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach.
(312) 626-3520 View (312) 626-3520
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Nicholas J Piechotte
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, CADC, EMDR
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
I approach therapy with positivity, mindfulness, humor and goals. I am a certified substance abuse counselor and an EMDR trained clinician. I also incorporate spirituality to holistically treat my clients mind, body and soul. My clinical skills are rooted in CBT, DBT, Psycho-dynamic and Motivational Interviewing.
I approach therapy with positivity, mindfulness, humor and goals. I am a certified substance abuse counselor and an EMDR trained clinician. I also incorporate spirituality to holistically treat my clients mind, body and soul. My clinical skills are rooted in CBT, DBT, Psycho-dynamic and Motivational Interviewing.
(312) 874-5275 View (312) 874-5275
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Sarah Scheidt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60622
I am a licensed social worker who has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with life’s challenges. I devote my work to assisting individuals in the following areas: depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, low self-esteem, communication, grief, and relationship concerns. My approaches are typically client-centered, mindfulness based, and CBT. I strive to be direct and intentional in my efforts to help my clients help themselves the best they can. We do this together in a collaborative way to set goals based on your presenting concern and desires for improvement.
I am a licensed social worker who has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with life’s challenges. I devote my work to assisting individuals in the following areas: depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, low self-esteem, communication, grief, and relationship concerns. My approaches are typically client-centered, mindfulness based, and CBT. I strive to be direct and intentional in my efforts to help my clients help themselves the best they can. We do this together in a collaborative way to set goals based on your presenting concern and desires for improvement.
(708) 367-3525 View (708) 367-3525
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Monika Reklyte
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
I believe in the transformative power of change. Learning to work with impermanence and change holds the key to our freedom. As we navigate life's unexpected challenges and transitions, I offer myself as a compassionate companion on your journey towards self-discovery and personal growth. As a trauma informed therapist, my therapeutic approach emphasizes authenticity, vulnerability, cultural humility, transparency and focus on mind-body relations. I incorporate mindfulness, somatics, and parts work into our sessions, recognizing that our inner selves are composed of various facets, each with its own unique needs and perspectives.
I believe in the transformative power of change. Learning to work with impermanence and change holds the key to our freedom. As we navigate life's unexpected challenges and transitions, I offer myself as a compassionate companion on your journey towards self-discovery and personal growth. As a trauma informed therapist, my therapeutic approach emphasizes authenticity, vulnerability, cultural humility, transparency and focus on mind-body relations. I incorporate mindfulness, somatics, and parts work into our sessions, recognizing that our inner selves are composed of various facets, each with its own unique needs and perspectives.
(312) 654-4593 View (312) 654-4593
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Claire Rohde
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60625
If life feels like a shit show there is a spot on my couch for you. Whether you want to develop coping skills, manage anxiety or just have a space for self-reflection, therapy is a useful process you will be glad you engaged in. I provide a warm, nonjudgmental approach to help you find your innate strengths, values and resiliency. My clinical approach is eclectic and draws from Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Whether you have attended therapy before or this is your first time, together we will develop a plan to help you get back to your life.
If life feels like a shit show there is a spot on my couch for you. Whether you want to develop coping skills, manage anxiety or just have a space for self-reflection, therapy is a useful process you will be glad you engaged in. I provide a warm, nonjudgmental approach to help you find your innate strengths, values and resiliency. My clinical approach is eclectic and draws from Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Whether you have attended therapy before or this is your first time, together we will develop a plan to help you get back to your life.
(872) 704-8098 View (872) 704-8098
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Jodi A. Bova
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60643  (Online Only)
My use of psychotherapy integrates various treatments, such as, but not limited to, traditional Talk Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution Focused, Trauma Informed, Mindfulness and Art Therapy practices.
I understand the vulnerabilities that come with seeking psychological services. I believe that within a safe, supportive, educational and reciprocal environment we can learn new and effective coping skills. Together we will explore identified problems/challenges and work towards finding coping strategies that are a good fit for you.
My use of psychotherapy integrates various treatments, such as, but not limited to, traditional Talk Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution Focused, Trauma Informed, Mindfulness and Art Therapy practices.
I understand the vulnerabilities that come with seeking psychological services. I believe that within a safe, supportive, educational and reciprocal environment we can learn new and effective coping skills. Together we will explore identified problems/challenges and work towards finding coping strategies that are a good fit for you.
(312) 379-8781 View (312) 379-8781
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Amanda C Malloni
Counselor, MA, LCPC, PCGC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647
I use mindfulness techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and your personal strengths in a supportive environment to help you experience positive change, growth, and healing.
Are you feeling worried, sad, or just wanting something to change but you're not sure how to start? We all need support and guidance during challenging times! I want to help you reach your personal goals and find a life balance that you feel positive about. You are a unique person with individual strengths. Together we can discover those strengths and guide you towards healing, positive change, and self-discovery. In my professional experience a warm therapeutic relationship, solution-focused inventions, and using your individual unique strengths in a non-judgmental setting can cultivate significant change in your life!
I use mindfulness techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and your personal strengths in a supportive environment to help you experience positive change, growth, and healing.
Are you feeling worried, sad, or just wanting something to change but you're not sure how to start? We all need support and guidance during challenging times! I want to help you reach your personal goals and find a life balance that you feel positive about. You are a unique person with individual strengths. Together we can discover those strengths and guide you towards healing, positive change, and self-discovery. In my professional experience a warm therapeutic relationship, solution-focused inventions, and using your individual unique strengths in a non-judgmental setting can cultivate significant change in your life!
(773) 649-1008 View (773) 649-1008
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Michelle Thornton
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, CYT
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
As a clinician and yoga teacher, I utilize a trauma-informed lens to prioritize the unique circumstances and identities of each individual, and integrate mindfulness, meditation, and somatic practices.
Seeking support is a deeply empowering act and I am here to help you on your healing journey. I believe that by working with the mind and the body, powerful connection and growth can occur. Have your worries impacted your ability to feel good in your body? Are you struggling in your relationships? Do you desire to learn new ways to engage with life’s complexities? By understanding the roots of our pain and distress, we can improve current circumstances and cultivate deeper fulfillment.
As a clinician and yoga teacher, I utilize a trauma-informed lens to prioritize the unique circumstances and identities of each individual, and integrate mindfulness, meditation, and somatic practices.
Seeking support is a deeply empowering act and I am here to help you on your healing journey. I believe that by working with the mind and the body, powerful connection and growth can occur. Have your worries impacted your ability to feel good in your body? Are you struggling in your relationships? Do you desire to learn new ways to engage with life’s complexities? By understanding the roots of our pain and distress, we can improve current circumstances and cultivate deeper fulfillment.
(872) 274-4018 View (872) 274-4018
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Hope Chrzan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
I utilize a client-centered approach and incorporate an eclectic mix of mindfulness-based and cognitive-behavioral strategies into treatment, all through a trauma-informed lens.
The decision to seek out a therapist takes a lot of courage, and I intend to honor that by working with you to collaboratively support your needs. I believe in creating a space where you feel safe to share openly and be your authentic self. I strive to empower, lean into your strengths, enhance self-connection, and introduce tools as you heal and grow toward your goals.
I utilize a client-centered approach and incorporate an eclectic mix of mindfulness-based and cognitive-behavioral strategies into treatment, all through a trauma-informed lens.
The decision to seek out a therapist takes a lot of courage, and I intend to honor that by working with you to collaboratively support your needs. I believe in creating a space where you feel safe to share openly and be your authentic self. I strive to empower, lean into your strengths, enhance self-connection, and introduce tools as you heal and grow toward your goals.
(872) 274-3685 View (872) 274-3685
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Greg Crisenbery
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60613
Alternative therapies, including diet, nutritional supplements, mindfulness, and meditation, are available.
Hi, I'm Dr. Greg. Helping clients cope with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues is the focus of my practice. I try to maintain a balanced approach using an individual blend of theory and insight, practical applications, and humor. This can include discussions of physical, emotional, mental, and metaphysical wellbeing. Anger, work stress, frustration, loss, trauma and life's unexpected complications can get in between us and a peaceful experience of living. Assisting people in overcoming these challenges is my life's work. Please reach out to someone if it seems your life is being directed by negative emotions.
Alternative therapies, including diet, nutritional supplements, mindfulness, and meditation, are available.
Hi, I'm Dr. Greg. Helping clients cope with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues is the focus of my practice. I try to maintain a balanced approach using an individual blend of theory and insight, practical applications, and humor. This can include discussions of physical, emotional, mental, and metaphysical wellbeing. Anger, work stress, frustration, loss, trauma and life's unexpected complications can get in between us and a peaceful experience of living. Assisting people in overcoming these challenges is my life's work. Please reach out to someone if it seems your life is being directed by negative emotions.
(773) 417-0417 x3 View (773) 417-0417 x3
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Marta Jean von Rosenvinge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LSW, E-RYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60622  (Online Only)
I use an integrative approach drawing on Mindfulness, Psychotherapy and CBT to help people with anxiety, relationships, and trauma.
I work collaboratively with adults and couples with anxiety, relationships challenges, and trauma. I also teach yoga and meditation and understand the role the body plays in holding trauma and how chronic stress can contribute to a disconnect between the mind/body. I am passionate about health and nutrition and believe that lifestyle has a strong impact on mood as do our thoughts and behaviors. I believe that it's universal to feel anxious, bad, stuck, and out of balance and to struggle through big and small life transitions. By being open to what's not working we can use awareness and make small shifts that have lasting impact.
I use an integrative approach drawing on Mindfulness, Psychotherapy and CBT to help people with anxiety, relationships, and trauma.
I work collaboratively with adults and couples with anxiety, relationships challenges, and trauma. I also teach yoga and meditation and understand the role the body plays in holding trauma and how chronic stress can contribute to a disconnect between the mind/body. I am passionate about health and nutrition and believe that lifestyle has a strong impact on mood as do our thoughts and behaviors. I believe that it's universal to feel anxious, bad, stuck, and out of balance and to struggle through big and small life transitions. By being open to what's not working we can use awareness and make small shifts that have lasting impact.
(872) 246-7247 View (872) 246-7247
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Alexandra Marín
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60618
I have a I have a trauma-focused, mindfulness based, client centered somatic approach to working with others, honoring each person as an individual on a unique journey towards healing and growth.
Ready to stop surviving and start thriving? You want to feel better, get unstuck. You're tired of being so overwhelmed all the time. It's becoming more difficult to remain present with your children, loved ones, life in general, and with yourself. You're feeling stressed, on edge, physically exhausted. You’re not alone, I am here to support you in becoming your best you today in your own time and in your own way so your past no longer dictates your present.
I have a I have a trauma-focused, mindfulness based, client centered somatic approach to working with others, honoring each person as an individual on a unique journey towards healing and growth.
Ready to stop surviving and start thriving? You want to feel better, get unstuck. You're tired of being so overwhelmed all the time. It's becoming more difficult to remain present with your children, loved ones, life in general, and with yourself. You're feeling stressed, on edge, physically exhausted. You’re not alone, I am here to support you in becoming your best you today in your own time and in your own way so your past no longer dictates your present.
(773) 243-4965 View (773) 243-4965
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Leah Fishbein
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60613  (Online Only)
I help individuals, couples, families, and executives improve their relationships to others and themselves. I combine insight, mindfulness, and experiential models of therapy to increase awareness of the process and patterns that keep people stuck and identify and implement new ways of being with themselves and others. I actively guide clients through different ways of thinking and communicating in session and will often assign “homework” to deepen this work outside of session. Trained at Northwestern University, I am an integrative and systemic therapist who pulls from a number of different evidence-based models of therapy.
I help individuals, couples, families, and executives improve their relationships to others and themselves. I combine insight, mindfulness, and experiential models of therapy to increase awareness of the process and patterns that keep people stuck and identify and implement new ways of being with themselves and others. I actively guide clients through different ways of thinking and communicating in session and will often assign “homework” to deepen this work outside of session. Trained at Northwestern University, I am an integrative and systemic therapist who pulls from a number of different evidence-based models of therapy.
(773) 830-6250 View (773) 830-6250
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Bridget Bauersfeld
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
My approach integrates cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and mindfulness-based techniques.
I believe people have the innate capacity for self-healing. I have over twenty years of experience and have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, mental health centers and private practice. I am committed to helping people on their path to healing as they navigate their unique life challenges. I strongly believe therapy is a collaborative process and I am dedicated to empowering clients foster their resilience to live more balanced lives. In addition to my practice, I engage in continuous learning and professional development to ensure that I remain current with advancements in mental health care.
My approach integrates cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and mindfulness-based techniques.
I believe people have the innate capacity for self-healing. I have over twenty years of experience and have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, mental health centers and private practice. I am committed to helping people on their path to healing as they navigate their unique life challenges. I strongly believe therapy is a collaborative process and I am dedicated to empowering clients foster their resilience to live more balanced lives. In addition to my practice, I engage in continuous learning and professional development to ensure that I remain current with advancements in mental health care.
(872) 276-9993 View (872) 276-9993
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.