Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists in New York, NY

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Adi Avivi
Psychologist, PsyD, CGP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
My therapeutic orientation is psychodynamic and trauma informed, and I use elements of AEDP, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, and Art Therapy as needed.
Welcome. I’m glad you are here and taking an important step toward finding the right therapist. Perhaps you have been facing significant challenges for a while, are unsure how to cope with certain life stressors, or just want to know yourself better. Either way, you do not have to walk this path alone. Our work will focus on your experience and creating ways to navigate the world more effectively. I do this by creating a safe and supportive therapeutic environment through listening without judgment and working collaboratively. My therapeutic style is integrative and warm.
My therapeutic orientation is psychodynamic and trauma informed, and I use elements of AEDP, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, and Art Therapy as needed.
Welcome. I’m glad you are here and taking an important step toward finding the right therapist. Perhaps you have been facing significant challenges for a while, are unsure how to cope with certain life stressors, or just want to know yourself better. Either way, you do not have to walk this path alone. Our work will focus on your experience and creating ways to navigate the world more effectively. I do this by creating a safe and supportive therapeutic environment through listening without judgment and working collaboratively. My therapeutic style is integrative and warm.
(332) 263-3549 View (332) 263-3549
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Karen E Shaw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
This mindfulness based approach promotes a relaxed experience of one's self which allows for more freedom in interactions with others.
Psychotherapy is a practice of deep listening and understanding. I help people develop insight into their troubles and look into habitual patterns that may create obstacles to their life goals. Together, we identify these patterns, explore feelings, and put effective coping skills into practice. When working with children, my approach invites the family in. Parent coaching, which involves a neurobiological understanding, and psychodynamic insight are integral. Through play therapy I help children discover ways to communicate their experience. The purpose is to establish a connection that encourages growth and the sense that children have a positive impact in their world.
This mindfulness based approach promotes a relaxed experience of one's self which allows for more freedom in interactions with others.
Psychotherapy is a practice of deep listening and understanding. I help people develop insight into their troubles and look into habitual patterns that may create obstacles to their life goals. Together, we identify these patterns, explore feelings, and put effective coping skills into practice. When working with children, my approach invites the family in. Parent coaching, which involves a neurobiological understanding, and psychodynamic insight are integral. Through play therapy I help children discover ways to communicate their experience. The purpose is to establish a connection that encourages growth and the sense that children have a positive impact in their world.
(917) 512-5764 View (917) 512-5764
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Anthi Lourou
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
I incorporate CBT and mindfulness techniques to give you tangible relief in a short amount of time.
Perhaps you are having trouble controlling your anxiety or feelings of sadness. Maybe you are struggling in your relationships or you second-guess yourself. Perhaps you are going through changes in your professional or personal life that cause additional stress. Psychotherapy can help in meaningful ways. Many of us feel only those with severe problems can benefit from counseling. It is not a sign of weakness to seek out therapy but a strength to enlist experts in overcoming the impediments to a more fulfilling life.
I incorporate CBT and mindfulness techniques to give you tangible relief in a short amount of time.
Perhaps you are having trouble controlling your anxiety or feelings of sadness. Maybe you are struggling in your relationships or you second-guess yourself. Perhaps you are going through changes in your professional or personal life that cause additional stress. Psychotherapy can help in meaningful ways. Many of us feel only those with severe problems can benefit from counseling. It is not a sign of weakness to seek out therapy but a strength to enlist experts in overcoming the impediments to a more fulfilling life.
(929) 255-3771 View (929) 255-3771
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Liana Sideri
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, MS
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10128
We incorporate mindfulness, guided imagery and meditative techniques when appropriate.
People usually seek therapy when they experience unhappiness. Reaching out for help when that occurs takes courage. With compassion, respect and care, we will work together to address your challenges, focusing on your feelings, thoughts and desires. We will explore how you function in the world and help you to connect insightfully to that part of your self in need of attention and support. Identifying and exploring patterns in your life, you can learn to manage emotional/behavioral barriers. We will be doing all this in a safe and comforting place.
We incorporate mindfulness, guided imagery and meditative techniques when appropriate.
People usually seek therapy when they experience unhappiness. Reaching out for help when that occurs takes courage. With compassion, respect and care, we will work together to address your challenges, focusing on your feelings, thoughts and desires. We will explore how you function in the world and help you to connect insightfully to that part of your self in need of attention and support. Identifying and exploring patterns in your life, you can learn to manage emotional/behavioral barriers. We will be doing all this in a safe and comforting place.
(917) 809-7430 View (917) 809-7430
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Alison Mann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
I draw from modalities such as CBT, CBT-E (for eating disorders), DBT, psychodynamic and mindfulness.
My focus as a therapist is to guide people towards their authentic confidence while helping you identify patterns that are holding you back from a value-aligned life. I specialize in working with adolescents and adults who are navigating issues with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, body focused repetitive behaviors (skin picking/hair pulling), body image and ADHD. I am also particularly passionate about working with athletes and those who experience visible differences, such as hair loss. Together we will navigate how you can show up authentically in a world where being yourself can feel like a rebellious act.
I draw from modalities such as CBT, CBT-E (for eating disorders), DBT, psychodynamic and mindfulness.
My focus as a therapist is to guide people towards their authentic confidence while helping you identify patterns that are holding you back from a value-aligned life. I specialize in working with adolescents and adults who are navigating issues with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, body focused repetitive behaviors (skin picking/hair pulling), body image and ADHD. I am also particularly passionate about working with athletes and those who experience visible differences, such as hair loss. Together we will navigate how you can show up authentically in a world where being yourself can feel like a rebellious act.
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John Burke
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
As your therapist I'll help you express and explore your emotions and thoughts, so you can understand the difficulties that you're facing, and can find new, more effective ways of coping with life's challenges and pursuing your goals. I am a psychodynamic therapist, but I also incorporate other approaches such as mindfulness to meet clients' needs. Some issues I can work with you to address include depression, anxiety, relationship problems, self-criticism, inhibition, trauma, dissatisfaction at work, disconnection or low emotional awareness, isolation, and feeling stuck, frustrated or unfulfilled.
As your therapist I'll help you express and explore your emotions and thoughts, so you can understand the difficulties that you're facing, and can find new, more effective ways of coping with life's challenges and pursuing your goals. I am a psychodynamic therapist, but I also incorporate other approaches such as mindfulness to meet clients' needs. Some issues I can work with you to address include depression, anxiety, relationship problems, self-criticism, inhibition, trauma, dissatisfaction at work, disconnection or low emotional awareness, isolation, and feeling stuck, frustrated or unfulfilled.
(929) 284-7865 View (929) 284-7865
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Jane Horowitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10128  (Online Only)
I use trauma-informed therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness.
We all have our own negative thought patterns that impact our confidence, self-esteem, and mental health. What ideas and beliefs do you have about yourself? Perhaps those beliefs are causing you to be stressed, anxious, or depressed. Together, we can discover your unique thought patterns, become aware of their impact, and start to replace them with more motivating and positive self-talk. We can also begin to understand how your emotions show up in your body and how they might be impacting different areas of your life.
I use trauma-informed therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness.
We all have our own negative thought patterns that impact our confidence, self-esteem, and mental health. What ideas and beliefs do you have about yourself? Perhaps those beliefs are causing you to be stressed, anxious, or depressed. Together, we can discover your unique thought patterns, become aware of their impact, and start to replace them with more motivating and positive self-talk. We can also begin to understand how your emotions show up in your body and how they might be impacting different areas of your life.
(347) 732-1598 View (347) 732-1598
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Lindsay Lustgarten
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I incorporate a combination of therapies and mindfulness techniques to provide treatment that will allow you to reach your goals and deepen the understanding of your symptoms.
At some point in our lives, we all experience feelings such as sadness, anger, grief, loneliness and disappointment. For some, these feelings can last longer than expected and start to interfere with daily life. Shame, guilt and fear of being judged often prevent people from reaching out for help. My hope is to create a safe and non judgmental environment for you to process difficult emotions and explore how to overcome obstacles.
I incorporate a combination of therapies and mindfulness techniques to provide treatment that will allow you to reach your goals and deepen the understanding of your symptoms.
At some point in our lives, we all experience feelings such as sadness, anger, grief, loneliness and disappointment. For some, these feelings can last longer than expected and start to interfere with daily life. Shame, guilt and fear of being judged often prevent people from reaching out for help. My hope is to create a safe and non judgmental environment for you to process difficult emotions and explore how to overcome obstacles.
(516) 614-6822 View (516) 614-6822
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Yudi Xia
Licensed Master Social Worker, LSW, ASW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10013
I also incorporate mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork to encourage embodied values and flexibility.
Desires drive our lives—what we want, when, and how. Our efforts are focused on moving towards what we desire and away from what we do not want. The more inflexible or rigid our desires become, the more disappointment and anger we feel when faced with undesired outcomes. Frequently, in our pursuit of fulfilling these desires, we may drift away from aligning with our values or becoming the person we aspire to be. And that can be painful. Anxiety and fear often become ingrained habits aimed at avoiding undesired outcomes—”a need for control to achieve what I want or to ensure I don’t get what I fear.”
I also incorporate mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork to encourage embodied values and flexibility.
Desires drive our lives—what we want, when, and how. Our efforts are focused on moving towards what we desire and away from what we do not want. The more inflexible or rigid our desires become, the more disappointment and anger we feel when faced with undesired outcomes. Frequently, in our pursuit of fulfilling these desires, we may drift away from aligning with our values or becoming the person we aspire to be. And that can be painful. Anxiety and fear often become ingrained habits aimed at avoiding undesired outcomes—”a need for control to achieve what I want or to ensure I don’t get what I fear.”
(347) 244-7496 View (347) 244-7496
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Rachel Kurland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I’m a holistic psychotherapist trained to provide high quality, compassionate support to children, teens, and young adults navigating challenges of anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, stress, self esteem, and disordered eating. I have a particular passion for serving the LGBTQ+ community and work from a gender- and sexuality-affirming perspective. My experience in a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, and Mindfulness, allows me to tailor my therapeutic approach to your unique goals and needs.
I’m a holistic psychotherapist trained to provide high quality, compassionate support to children, teens, and young adults navigating challenges of anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, stress, self esteem, and disordered eating. I have a particular passion for serving the LGBTQ+ community and work from a gender- and sexuality-affirming perspective. My experience in a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, and Mindfulness, allows me to tailor my therapeutic approach to your unique goals and needs.
(332) 249-8471 View (332) 249-8471
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Ben Velez
MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I combine an eclectic, compassionate and humanistic / psychodynamic approach that incorporates mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral strategies, spirituality and life skills into personal strategies co-designed organically with you with the end purpose being your empowerment to lead the healthiest, most productive and balanced life possible.
As a firm believer in a mind-body-spirit approach to psychological health, I incorporate a long history of multi-disciplinary spiritual practice and investigation with my graduate training in relationship / family therapy into a holistic perspective that utilizes transitions and crises as opportunities to deepen insight and life skills that better navigate and manage them. In terms of couples work, I help with communications, developing conflict resolution strategies, healing from infidelities, addiction/codependency, and other sexual issues by examining your familial/relational histories and teaching a variety of guideposts to help you be your best selves, together and individually.
I combine an eclectic, compassionate and humanistic / psychodynamic approach that incorporates mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral strategies, spirituality and life skills into personal strategies co-designed organically with you with the end purpose being your empowerment to lead the healthiest, most productive and balanced life possible.
As a firm believer in a mind-body-spirit approach to psychological health, I incorporate a long history of multi-disciplinary spiritual practice and investigation with my graduate training in relationship / family therapy into a holistic perspective that utilizes transitions and crises as opportunities to deepen insight and life skills that better navigate and manage them. In terms of couples work, I help with communications, developing conflict resolution strategies, healing from infidelities, addiction/codependency, and other sexual issues by examining your familial/relational histories and teaching a variety of guideposts to help you be your best selves, together and individually.
(347) 763-7863 View (347) 763-7863
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Angela Jennings
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy as well as strengths based therapy with a person centered approach while encouraging mindfulness to help you build on your current strengths while unveiling your hidden potential.
Do you find yourself feeling worried and overwhelmed? Stuck in the same thought patterns, facing the same fears and avoiding things? Has life got you down and feeling lost or unsure? I would love to work with you to overcome the challenges you are facing in your life right now. We can work through past hurts and you can become a new, healthier version of the person you wake up wanting to be each day.
I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy as well as strengths based therapy with a person centered approach while encouraging mindfulness to help you build on your current strengths while unveiling your hidden potential.
Do you find yourself feeling worried and overwhelmed? Stuck in the same thought patterns, facing the same fears and avoiding things? Has life got you down and feeling lost or unsure? I would love to work with you to overcome the challenges you are facing in your life right now. We can work through past hurts and you can become a new, healthier version of the person you wake up wanting to be each day.
(607) 325-8563 x100 View (607) 325-8563 x100
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Alexis Carmody
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016
Lexi understands and values the importance of an individualized, collaborative, and client centered counseling approach. She practices with empathy, compassion, honesty, and open communication. Lexi utilizes several counseling techniques including but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and a strengths-based approach to treatment. Opening up to others and deeply reflecting on ourselves can seem daunting, but Lexi's hope is to encourage others to practice self-compassion and self-care, and she gives them an open and safe space to do so.
Lexi understands and values the importance of an individualized, collaborative, and client centered counseling approach. She practices with empathy, compassion, honesty, and open communication. Lexi utilizes several counseling techniques including but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and a strengths-based approach to treatment. Opening up to others and deeply reflecting on ourselves can seem daunting, but Lexi's hope is to encourage others to practice self-compassion and self-care, and she gives them an open and safe space to do so.
(646) 768-8164 View (646) 768-8164
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Mallory Craig
Pre-Licensed Professional, MHC-I
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
As a dedicated mental health professional, I am committed to guiding individuals on a transformative journey towards healing and self-discovery. Employing an integrative approach, I weave together modalities such as CBT, DBT, Person-Centered, and Mindfulness-Based therapy into my practice. Throughout our time together, I place a strong emphasis on your individuality, creating a warm and nonjudgmental space where your unique experiences are valued.
As a dedicated mental health professional, I am committed to guiding individuals on a transformative journey towards healing and self-discovery. Employing an integrative approach, I weave together modalities such as CBT, DBT, Person-Centered, and Mindfulness-Based therapy into my practice. Throughout our time together, I place a strong emphasis on your individuality, creating a warm and nonjudgmental space where your unique experiences are valued.
(646) 693-3981 View (646) 693-3981
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Sabrina Bain
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Sabrina Bain is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. She has over 8 years of experience working as a mental health counselor and over 13 years working in the mental health field. Sabrina believes in person-centered counseling in order to meet the needs of each person. This can include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR, Mindfulness and Solution Focused therapy.
Sabrina Bain is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. She has over 8 years of experience working as a mental health counselor and over 13 years working in the mental health field. Sabrina believes in person-centered counseling in order to meet the needs of each person. This can include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR, Mindfulness and Solution Focused therapy.
(646) 904-4092 View (646) 904-4092
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Lauren J. Hoffman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10019
I specialize in treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and related challenges, including perfectionism, stress, sleep issues, and relationship problems. I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), as well as mindfulness and acceptance-based techniques. I am a licensed psychologist in independent practice, having recently served as Assistant Professor at Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders.
I specialize in treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and related challenges, including perfectionism, stress, sleep issues, and relationship problems. I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), as well as mindfulness and acceptance-based techniques. I am a licensed psychologist in independent practice, having recently served as Assistant Professor at Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders.
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Bela L Rud
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10038
Welcome! I help my clients develop tools to remove obstacles that stand in the way of their happiness and prevent them from tapping into the innate wisdom that each of us possesses. I incorporate Eastern philosophy and meditation with contemporary psychology in creating an open space in which healing can unfold. My process is strongly influenced by mindfulness and cognitive behavioral approaches.
Welcome! I help my clients develop tools to remove obstacles that stand in the way of their happiness and prevent them from tapping into the innate wisdom that each of us possesses. I incorporate Eastern philosophy and meditation with contemporary psychology in creating an open space in which healing can unfold. My process is strongly influenced by mindfulness and cognitive behavioral approaches.
(917) 909-2407 View (917) 909-2407
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Isabel Saez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I am trained in evidence-based approaches, including talk therapy, embodied somatic practices, energy psychology, mindfulness meditation, tapping, and emotionally focused couples therapy.
I offer a safe, warm and professional environment to individuals, couples and family subsets who are looking to understand and heal from the challenges and emotional hardships they face. When we embrace a new understanding of these difficulties without negative judgments, and use skillful tools, we can thrive in ways that have meaning, and embodied freedom. I am here to listen to you, your story, how you see your life, what you feel, and wish for yourself and your relationships. Trained in evidence-based approaches, I offer a range of tools to meet your needs and goals. This is a collaboration designed to unleash your best self.
I am trained in evidence-based approaches, including talk therapy, embodied somatic practices, energy psychology, mindfulness meditation, tapping, and emotionally focused couples therapy.
I offer a safe, warm and professional environment to individuals, couples and family subsets who are looking to understand and heal from the challenges and emotional hardships they face. When we embrace a new understanding of these difficulties without negative judgments, and use skillful tools, we can thrive in ways that have meaning, and embodied freedom. I am here to listen to you, your story, how you see your life, what you feel, and wish for yourself and your relationships. Trained in evidence-based approaches, I offer a range of tools to meet your needs and goals. This is a collaboration designed to unleash your best self.
(646) 362-6911 View (646) 362-6911
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Jessica Y Suzuki
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I may incorporate CBT strategies to scaffold behavioral change and draw on mindfulness and experiential approaches to strengthen self-compassion, insight, and healing.
Let's begin by acknowledging that you have taken a crucial step forward just by beginning to search for a therapist. You are here because there is a part of you that wants to make a change in your life or to understand yourself better. You are hoping to become your best self at work and in your relationships, feeling ready to address a trauma or loss, or looking for help getting through a bout of depression or anxiety so you can feel like yourself again. My job is to support your process of discovering what is getting in your way, and to help you develop the skills, mindset, or insight you need to move forward.
I may incorporate CBT strategies to scaffold behavioral change and draw on mindfulness and experiential approaches to strengthen self-compassion, insight, and healing.
Let's begin by acknowledging that you have taken a crucial step forward just by beginning to search for a therapist. You are here because there is a part of you that wants to make a change in your life or to understand yourself better. You are hoping to become your best self at work and in your relationships, feeling ready to address a trauma or loss, or looking for help getting through a bout of depression or anxiety so you can feel like yourself again. My job is to support your process of discovering what is getting in your way, and to help you develop the skills, mindset, or insight you need to move forward.
(646) 437-8045 View (646) 437-8045
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Ray Zhang
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016
Ray has experience in providing individual and group therapy for individuals of various ages and backgrounds. She utilizes an eclectic approach that integrates Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Person-centered therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and CBT. Ray operates from a multicultural and trauma-informed background, that enables her to meet you where you are. She cultivates a secure environment and therapeutic alliance with warmth and unconditional positive regard.
Ray has experience in providing individual and group therapy for individuals of various ages and backgrounds. She utilizes an eclectic approach that integrates Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Person-centered therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and CBT. Ray operates from a multicultural and trauma-informed background, that enables her to meet you where you are. She cultivates a secure environment and therapeutic alliance with warmth and unconditional positive regard.
(646) 791-1296 View (646) 791-1296
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.