Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists in Louisville, KY

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Photo of Kelly Fleischer, Art Therapist in Louisville, KY
Kelly Fleischer
Art Therapist, MEd, ATR-BC, LPAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40205
I am an experienced art therapist with a passion for guiding children 5+, teens, and young adults on a journey of self-discovery and healing through art, talk therapy and other expressive modalities such as movement, play, and mindfulness. Clients can expect a safe and nurturing space to explore their emotions, thoughts, and challenges. These clients may be grappling with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, self-expression, or communication difficulties.
I am an experienced art therapist with a passion for guiding children 5+, teens, and young adults on a journey of self-discovery and healing through art, talk therapy and other expressive modalities such as movement, play, and mindfulness. Clients can expect a safe and nurturing space to explore their emotions, thoughts, and challenges. These clients may be grappling with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, self-expression, or communication difficulties.
(502) 317-1268 View (502) 317-1268
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Crashonda Duncan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, TCADC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40204
I understand that no two life stories are the same, we will work together to create a toolbox for balancing your personal life's journey using psychotherapy, EMDR, mindfulness and holistic practices.
Hey! Much gratitude and appreciation that you stopped by. Are you dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, low self esteem? Do you sometimes wonder how you will make it through the day? Heartbreak? Trauma? I am a skilled psychotherapist who believes that my job is to meet each individual where they are by looking at the whole person in order to get them to where they want to be. I believe that change is made through establishing nonjudgmental, supportive and healthy relationships. My focus is to create a collaborative, warm and comfortable environment in which clients feel safe to explore their "TRUTHS".
I understand that no two life stories are the same, we will work together to create a toolbox for balancing your personal life's journey using psychotherapy, EMDR, mindfulness and holistic practices.
Hey! Much gratitude and appreciation that you stopped by. Are you dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, low self esteem? Do you sometimes wonder how you will make it through the day? Heartbreak? Trauma? I am a skilled psychotherapist who believes that my job is to meet each individual where they are by looking at the whole person in order to get them to where they want to be. I believe that change is made through establishing nonjudgmental, supportive and healthy relationships. My focus is to create a collaborative, warm and comfortable environment in which clients feel safe to explore their "TRUTHS".
(502) 265-3941 View (502) 265-3941
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Erica Hughes
Counselor, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40218  (Online Only)
I utilize mindfulness and positive affirmations among other strategies and techniques.
We are here to assist you navigate through this thing called LIFE! Whether it’s depression, anxiety, grief, or trauma, we are here to help!
I utilize mindfulness and positive affirmations among other strategies and techniques.
We are here to assist you navigate through this thing called LIFE! Whether it’s depression, anxiety, grief, or trauma, we are here to help!
(502) 369-0952 View (502) 369-0952
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Parker Bowling
Pre-Licensed Professional, CSW, MSSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40204  (Online Only)
Our work together will draw on an eclectic array of therapeutic techniques, including somatic and mindfulness-based therapies.
The call towards deepening our self-awareness and becoming more embodied in our life takes many forms. Whether it's the end of a relationship, developmental trauma, existential questioning, climate anxiety, or any other unique combination of stressors, I believe that radical healing is possible. My aspiration is to support you in moving towards a deeper sense of intimacy and connection with both your inner world and the world around you. Rather than solely focusing on your diagnosis, we will collaborate to create a sense of an inner compass that you can utilize to build a life that feels alive and aligned with your values.
Our work together will draw on an eclectic array of therapeutic techniques, including somatic and mindfulness-based therapies.
The call towards deepening our self-awareness and becoming more embodied in our life takes many forms. Whether it's the end of a relationship, developmental trauma, existential questioning, climate anxiety, or any other unique combination of stressors, I believe that radical healing is possible. My aspiration is to support you in moving towards a deeper sense of intimacy and connection with both your inner world and the world around you. Rather than solely focusing on your diagnosis, we will collaborate to create a sense of an inner compass that you can utilize to build a life that feels alive and aligned with your values.
(502) 465-7984 View (502) 465-7984
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Dr. Natalie Burke
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40205
I take an integrative approach to therapy, and draw from CBT and mindfulness-based therapies.
Hello! I'm a queer clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and treating Eating disorders, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and Mind-body and Health psychology-related concerns. Given that our identities shape all of our life experiences, I strive to understand clients’ cultural backgrounds and integrate this into the therapeutic process. If you are struggling with navigating minority stress, gender and/or sexual identity development, anxiety, disordered eating, negative body image, or OCD and your mental health is not where you want it to be, you are not alone and I am here to help.
I take an integrative approach to therapy, and draw from CBT and mindfulness-based therapies.
Hello! I'm a queer clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and treating Eating disorders, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and Mind-body and Health psychology-related concerns. Given that our identities shape all of our life experiences, I strive to understand clients’ cultural backgrounds and integrate this into the therapeutic process. If you are struggling with navigating minority stress, gender and/or sexual identity development, anxiety, disordered eating, negative body image, or OCD and your mental health is not where you want it to be, you are not alone and I am here to help.
(502) 738-1611 View (502) 738-1611
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Victoria Edwards
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Ed S, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40218
I have had extensive training in the nurturing parenting model, child-centered therapy, play therapy, trauma and mindfulness based CBT.
Do you feel lost as a parent? Do you feel as though you didn't have the proper role model(s), or that your kids should have come with a manual? Maybe you feel like everything you do annoys your teenager or your toddler ignores everything you say. Or are you a teen who's tired of feeling misunderstood? Are you ready to develop more efficient communication and conflict resolution skills, so you can be better understood by your friends and family? Either way, you're ready and willing to make changes!
I have had extensive training in the nurturing parenting model, child-centered therapy, play therapy, trauma and mindfulness based CBT.
Do you feel lost as a parent? Do you feel as though you didn't have the proper role model(s), or that your kids should have come with a manual? Maybe you feel like everything you do annoys your teenager or your toddler ignores everything you say. Or are you a teen who's tired of feeling misunderstood? Are you ready to develop more efficient communication and conflict resolution skills, so you can be better understood by your friends and family? Either way, you're ready and willing to make changes!
(502) 273-5986 View (502) 273-5986
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Adam Thompson Berry
LPCC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40243
People are often held captive by their emotions and thoughts, which prevents them from reaching their full potential. My practice is informed by blending mindfulness with other modalities to alleviate this state of distraction and fully experience the present moment. To best treat my clients, I use an integrative approach that draws from many different modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, humanistic, and existential modalities. I am also trained and experienced in EMDR.
People are often held captive by their emotions and thoughts, which prevents them from reaching their full potential. My practice is informed by blending mindfulness with other modalities to alleviate this state of distraction and fully experience the present moment. To best treat my clients, I use an integrative approach that draws from many different modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, humanistic, and existential modalities. I am also trained and experienced in EMDR.
(502) 747-9149 View (502) 747-9149
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Amani Empowerment Center LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40210  (Online Only)
Congratulations on taking such a brave first step! Whether you find yourself here desiring to heal from trauma, gain or regain control, or even seeking a way to integrate peace and tranquility into your life, I encourage you to take the next step. You made it this far and I would love the opportunity to partner with you on your journey. I will walk beside you using Strengths-Based, Trauma-Informed, Solution-Focused approaches along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness techniques empowering you to set your own pace, develop personal goals and learn coping skills to face, manage, and navigate life's challenges.
Congratulations on taking such a brave first step! Whether you find yourself here desiring to heal from trauma, gain or regain control, or even seeking a way to integrate peace and tranquility into your life, I encourage you to take the next step. You made it this far and I would love the opportunity to partner with you on your journey. I will walk beside you using Strengths-Based, Trauma-Informed, Solution-Focused approaches along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness techniques empowering you to set your own pace, develop personal goals and learn coping skills to face, manage, and navigate life's challenges.
(502) 822-6999 View (502) 822-6999
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Rhonda Fessel
Art Therapist, MEd, LPAT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40204
Waitlist for new clients
Therapy is a process of exploring layers of the self which takes time, compassion, understanding and encouragement. My intention is to meet people where they are in this process and through collaboration establish goals for growth and change. I seek to offer support to those on their journey to personal well being and healing by utilizing an integrative approach. Mindfulness, person centered, strength based, and Expressive Therapy techniques are some of the tools that I like to offer. I am also a certified Havening Techniques practitioner and level II Usui Reiki energy worker.
Therapy is a process of exploring layers of the self which takes time, compassion, understanding and encouragement. My intention is to meet people where they are in this process and through collaboration establish goals for growth and change. I seek to offer support to those on their journey to personal well being and healing by utilizing an integrative approach. Mindfulness, person centered, strength based, and Expressive Therapy techniques are some of the tools that I like to offer. I am also a certified Havening Techniques practitioner and level II Usui Reiki energy worker.
(502) 912-8740 View (502) 912-8740
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Beth Lyons
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
I teach my clients to regulate, relax and balance the nervous system through mindfulness and breath work.
As a licensed professional clinical counselor with 25 years of experience in the mental health field, I specialize in helping people discover their best selves and their own power to overcome trauma and adversity. If you find yourself being controlled by the events of your past and your own emotions, that may be because our bodies and brains are wired for protection and preservation. When that happens, our own thoughts and feelings can seem to betray us and hold us back with feelings of overwhelm, depression and anxiety. However, our bodies also have the intrinsic ability to heal given the right guidance and interventions.
I teach my clients to regulate, relax and balance the nervous system through mindfulness and breath work.
As a licensed professional clinical counselor with 25 years of experience in the mental health field, I specialize in helping people discover their best selves and their own power to overcome trauma and adversity. If you find yourself being controlled by the events of your past and your own emotions, that may be because our bodies and brains are wired for protection and preservation. When that happens, our own thoughts and feelings can seem to betray us and hold us back with feelings of overwhelm, depression and anxiety. However, our bodies also have the intrinsic ability to heal given the right guidance and interventions.
(502) 403-2257 View (502) 403-2257
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Robert Dustin Sevier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223
We use a range of modalities including: CBT, EMDR, Solution Focused, and Mindfulness techniques.
Have you been struggling with past trauma, current conflict in your life, or feeling overwhelmed with life's demands? Are you ready to heal and become empowered to take the world by storm? At Mindful Solutions Counseling Services we work to address these concerns plus substance use issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and personality disorders (among many others). We currently offer telehealth services which is particularly beneficial to those with busy schedules, or those that have been fearful of coming into an office setting with the current pandemic. All of our services are person centered and tailored to you, our client.
We use a range of modalities including: CBT, EMDR, Solution Focused, and Mindfulness techniques.
Have you been struggling with past trauma, current conflict in your life, or feeling overwhelmed with life's demands? Are you ready to heal and become empowered to take the world by storm? At Mindful Solutions Counseling Services we work to address these concerns plus substance use issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and personality disorders (among many others). We currently offer telehealth services which is particularly beneficial to those with busy schedules, or those that have been fearful of coming into an office setting with the current pandemic. All of our services are person centered and tailored to you, our client.
(502) 754-3107 View (502) 754-3107
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Dataya Hooks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, CSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40218
Trained in Motivational Interviewing, Play therapy, Mindfulness, and TF-CBT (Trauma-focus).
I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story. My ideal client is focused on personal growth and healing.
Trained in Motivational Interviewing, Play therapy, Mindfulness, and TF-CBT (Trauma-focus).
I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story. My ideal client is focused on personal growth and healing.
(502) 427-7833 View (502) 427-7833
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Stacy Seitz Conley
MA, LPP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40299
In therapy I integrate talk and expressive modalities with mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal techniques.
If you have been struggling with emotional difficulties, or if your family has had difficulties adjusting, I have over 20 years of experience helping adults, children, teens, and families who struggle with a variety of emotional and relational problems. In therapy I integrate CBT, ACT, mindfulness, and expressive activities with a client-centered nature infused interpersonal approach. I give regular homework and coach clients to practice skills learned and encourage family involvement to accelerate their therapeutic progress. I assess each individual's biopsychosocialspiritual needs and develop goals addressing their entire being.
In therapy I integrate talk and expressive modalities with mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal techniques.
If you have been struggling with emotional difficulties, or if your family has had difficulties adjusting, I have over 20 years of experience helping adults, children, teens, and families who struggle with a variety of emotional and relational problems. In therapy I integrate CBT, ACT, mindfulness, and expressive activities with a client-centered nature infused interpersonal approach. I give regular homework and coach clients to practice skills learned and encourage family involvement to accelerate their therapeutic progress. I assess each individual's biopsychosocialspiritual needs and develop goals addressing their entire being.
(502) 610-0157 View (502) 610-0157
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Ashley Vaden
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
Please feel free to contact the Louisville Mindfulness Center over the phone or at our website listed to read more!.
Currently accepting new Humana and private pay clients; currently seeing clients in person. As a marriage and family therapist, I am passionate about helping adolescents, individuals, and couples put their fear in its place so that they can go about the business of living! I believe in helping people break out of painful emotional ruts and destructive thought patterns that are holding them back. I help individuals discover their own voice, their own boundaries, and improve their communication and connectivity to self and others. Embedded within each of us is the ability to grow and discover our authenticity.
Please feel free to contact the Louisville Mindfulness Center over the phone or at our website listed to read more!.
Currently accepting new Humana and private pay clients; currently seeing clients in person. As a marriage and family therapist, I am passionate about helping adolescents, individuals, and couples put their fear in its place so that they can go about the business of living! I believe in helping people break out of painful emotional ruts and destructive thought patterns that are holding them back. I help individuals discover their own voice, their own boundaries, and improve their communication and connectivity to self and others. Embedded within each of us is the ability to grow and discover our authenticity.
(502) 791-5108 View (502) 791-5108
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Jayne X Praxis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40218
I use a combination of Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy as these support each other in identifying and changing personal narratives and providing coping strategies.
I am non-binary transwoman and my pronouns are she/they. I've been practicing for 14 years. I've worked with clients across the life span and from many varied backgrounds. My areas of expertise are gender and sexuality, particularly LGBTQ issues, and trauma. I have been an advocate and educator as well as a member of the LGBTQ community for over 30 years.
I use a combination of Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy as these support each other in identifying and changing personal narratives and providing coping strategies.
I am non-binary transwoman and my pronouns are she/they. I've been practicing for 14 years. I've worked with clients across the life span and from many varied backgrounds. My areas of expertise are gender and sexuality, particularly LGBTQ issues, and trauma. I have been an advocate and educator as well as a member of the LGBTQ community for over 30 years.
(502) 237-3876 View (502) 237-3876
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Matt Gilbert
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
Dr. Gilbert specializes in difficulties with impulsive behaviors and actions including self-harm, chronic suicidality and suicidal actions, dyscontrolled anger, and the quickly shifting mood states and interpersonal chaos that often accompany these behaviors. He also specializes in the treatment of the effects of complex interpersonal trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additional areas of interest include mindfulness-based approaches to health and wellness, depression, severe and persistent mental illness, men's issues, cycling mood disorders, and most general mental health difficulties.
Dr. Gilbert specializes in difficulties with impulsive behaviors and actions including self-harm, chronic suicidality and suicidal actions, dyscontrolled anger, and the quickly shifting mood states and interpersonal chaos that often accompany these behaviors. He also specializes in the treatment of the effects of complex interpersonal trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additional areas of interest include mindfulness-based approaches to health and wellness, depression, severe and persistent mental illness, men's issues, cycling mood disorders, and most general mental health difficulties.
(502) 871-4660 View (502) 871-4660
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Suzette Turner-Clark
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, RPT/S, RYT-200
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40223  (Online Only)
As a yoga teacher, I can help clients learn how to better manage their stress with mindfulness strategies.
People consult with a therapist for a positive connection and to problem solve troubles. Therapy is a very special journey, and I will help you to be successful with that process. I am a goal-oriented, accepting therapist working from a strength-based perspective focusing on what clients wish to accomplish at their own pace. Many individuals are looking for effective coping/communication skills, as well as understanding of feelings associated with specific life changes. Clients find it beneficial to receive direction identifying their unhelpful beliefs and replace them with healthier ways of thinking to improve their life quality.
As a yoga teacher, I can help clients learn how to better manage their stress with mindfulness strategies.
People consult with a therapist for a positive connection and to problem solve troubles. Therapy is a very special journey, and I will help you to be successful with that process. I am a goal-oriented, accepting therapist working from a strength-based perspective focusing on what clients wish to accomplish at their own pace. Many individuals are looking for effective coping/communication skills, as well as understanding of feelings associated with specific life changes. Clients find it beneficial to receive direction identifying their unhelpful beliefs and replace them with healthier ways of thinking to improve their life quality.
(502) 354-8911 View (502) 354-8911
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Brianna Burns
Psychological Associate, MEd , LPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40218  (Online Only)
I use a person-centered, mindfulness CBT approach in order to assist you in feeling empowered and grow in your self-awareness of unhelpful thoughts and ineffective behaviors that hinder you from reaching your goals.
It is a goal of mine to make sure that you feel valued, heard and understood. I see counseling as something that is beneficial to all individuals, in every stage of life; whether you are feeling overwhelmed or just need someone who you can process the day to day with. I believe that in counseling you should be able to vocalize your needs throughout sessions. Sometimes what you need in the beginning of therapy changes and evolves, that is perfectly okay and welcomed! Counseling is for you, you decide what you want to bring to the session because you are the expert of your life.
I use a person-centered, mindfulness CBT approach in order to assist you in feeling empowered and grow in your self-awareness of unhelpful thoughts and ineffective behaviors that hinder you from reaching your goals.
It is a goal of mine to make sure that you feel valued, heard and understood. I see counseling as something that is beneficial to all individuals, in every stage of life; whether you are feeling overwhelmed or just need someone who you can process the day to day with. I believe that in counseling you should be able to vocalize your needs throughout sessions. Sometimes what you need in the beginning of therapy changes and evolves, that is perfectly okay and welcomed! Counseling is for you, you decide what you want to bring to the session because you are the expert of your life.
(502) 427-6869 View (502) 427-6869
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Iesha Richards - Core Counseling
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, LMHC, MAC, CEAP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Our Clients are taught Mindfulness Techniques to help slow-down & be present, to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-trauma, & other issues.
Hello, I'm Iesha, Founding Clinical Director of Core Counseling. My Team and I, have the amazing privilege of working with clients from all walks of life, with a Client-centered approach. It’s an honor to journey alongside our Clients who trust us with their most vulnerable thoughts, feelings and experiences. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a United States Veteran. I have a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from South University. I specialize in Addiction Counseling with a national Masters Addiction Counselor certification. At Core Counseling we work with Adult Individuals & their Family Members.
Our Clients are taught Mindfulness Techniques to help slow-down & be present, to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-trauma, & other issues.
Hello, I'm Iesha, Founding Clinical Director of Core Counseling. My Team and I, have the amazing privilege of working with clients from all walks of life, with a Client-centered approach. It’s an honor to journey alongside our Clients who trust us with their most vulnerable thoughts, feelings and experiences. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a United States Veteran. I have a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from South University. I specialize in Addiction Counseling with a national Masters Addiction Counselor certification. At Core Counseling we work with Adult Individuals & their Family Members.
(502) 206-0273 View (502) 206-0273
Photo of Haley Bosemer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Louisville, KY
Haley Bosemer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40218
Waitlist for new clients
I use trauma-informed therapy, EMDR- in training, TFCBT, solution-focused, Cognitive Processing CBT therapy, AFCBT, play therapy, mindfulness, person-centered therapy, that are culturally sensitive with the goal to empower my clients and meet their goals.
Life can be hard, sometimes we need a little support to meet our full potential. Having someone who can get you there may be the missing piece. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, ptsd, unresolved trauma, substance use, family conflict or maybe you just need someone to support your journey, I can assist you. You do not have do this alone. I use evidence based practices to enhance your strengths and help decrease your barriers. We will modify a treatment plan together to cater to your specific needs and work towards meeting your goals. You can do this!
I use trauma-informed therapy, EMDR- in training, TFCBT, solution-focused, Cognitive Processing CBT therapy, AFCBT, play therapy, mindfulness, person-centered therapy, that are culturally sensitive with the goal to empower my clients and meet their goals.
Life can be hard, sometimes we need a little support to meet our full potential. Having someone who can get you there may be the missing piece. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, ptsd, unresolved trauma, substance use, family conflict or maybe you just need someone to support your journey, I can assist you. You do not have do this alone. I use evidence based practices to enhance your strengths and help decrease your barriers. We will modify a treatment plan together to cater to your specific needs and work towards meeting your goals. You can do this!
(502) 383-5594 View (502) 383-5594

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.