Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists in Portland, OR

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May Han
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97229
Using my specialty in attachment theory, mindfulness and neuroscience, I facilitate mutual emotional attentiveness within you and your loved one, while engaging myself to reflect, be with, and gently challenge you towards exploration and transformation.
I love what I do. I enjoy assisting you and your loved ones working through pains to a deeply connected, authentic, and satisfying life for yourself and with each other. I am equipped to help you with a wide range of struggles including emotional turmoil, traditional or non traditional relationship issues, sexual difficulties, and self esteem issues. I believe we have the strength within ourselves to heal, and I strive to help you and you significant other get into contact with that innate resiliency for a more nourishing life. I do so in a collaborative way, with cultural sensitivity, and sharp wit.
Using my specialty in attachment theory, mindfulness and neuroscience, I facilitate mutual emotional attentiveness within you and your loved one, while engaging myself to reflect, be with, and gently challenge you towards exploration and transformation.
I love what I do. I enjoy assisting you and your loved ones working through pains to a deeply connected, authentic, and satisfying life for yourself and with each other. I am equipped to help you with a wide range of struggles including emotional turmoil, traditional or non traditional relationship issues, sexual difficulties, and self esteem issues. I believe we have the strength within ourselves to heal, and I strive to help you and you significant other get into contact with that innate resiliency for a more nourishing life. I do so in a collaborative way, with cultural sensitivity, and sharp wit.
(503) 461-7793 View (503) 461-7793
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Leah Haas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
I incorporate body-centered psychotherapy (somatic therapy) and mindfulness into my practice.
My approach to therapy is collaborative, creative, and compassionate. My goal is to create a safe and warm space, so each client feels comfortable sharing what's on their mind and in their heart. This may include diving into trauma, grief, and other challenging life experiences that prevent a person from feeling at peace and operating at their highest potential. The philosophy that guides my work is that everyone has the inner wisdom needed to thrive. My role is to help clients access this inner wisdom so they can heal, grow and live the fulfilling life they are seeking.
I incorporate body-centered psychotherapy (somatic therapy) and mindfulness into my practice.
My approach to therapy is collaborative, creative, and compassionate. My goal is to create a safe and warm space, so each client feels comfortable sharing what's on their mind and in their heart. This may include diving into trauma, grief, and other challenging life experiences that prevent a person from feeling at peace and operating at their highest potential. The philosophy that guides my work is that everyone has the inner wisdom needed to thrive. My role is to help clients access this inner wisdom so they can heal, grow and live the fulfilling life they are seeking.
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Sarah Chiartas
Professional Counselor Associate
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97232
Waitlist for new clients
To best suit your specific needs, I incorporate various techniques that included mindfulness, somatic movement, EMDR, among others.
I work with individuals and families of all backgrounds, facing various life challenges. I hope to facilitate an inclusive, non-judgmental, and nurturing space that allows you to feel heard and empowered to move toward your goals.
To best suit your specific needs, I incorporate various techniques that included mindfulness, somatic movement, EMDR, among others.
I work with individuals and families of all backgrounds, facing various life challenges. I hope to facilitate an inclusive, non-judgmental, and nurturing space that allows you to feel heard and empowered to move toward your goals.
(971) 253-7433 View (971) 253-7433
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Simply Queer Therapy
Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97202  (Online Only)
I practice from a somatic (body focused) perspective, drawing from attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology and mindfulness practices.
I work with individuals (14+) struggling with issues related to ADHD, gender identity exploration, trauma, racial identity exploration and going from surviving to thriving while living in systems of oppression. I also offer relationship counseling for adults struggling with issues of connection, trust, and sexual intimacy.
I practice from a somatic (body focused) perspective, drawing from attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology and mindfulness practices.
I work with individuals (14+) struggling with issues related to ADHD, gender identity exploration, trauma, racial identity exploration and going from surviving to thriving while living in systems of oppression. I also offer relationship counseling for adults struggling with issues of connection, trust, and sexual intimacy.
(503) 461-9742 View (503) 461-9742
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Jonathan Joebgen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97206  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! I am a licensed therapist and I'm skilled at helping others to navigate an array of challenges by cultivating growth, building skills, deepening insight and awareness, and fostering meaningful relationships. My approach is rooted in mindfulness to build awareness and insight into one's thoughts, feelings, actions, and personal experience. With increased awareness you will be able to "slow down" and better understand what is happening so you can respond effectively to challenges rather than react in old, unhelpful ways. I will also teach you skills to help you relate to yourself and others with kindness.
Hello! I am a licensed therapist and I'm skilled at helping others to navigate an array of challenges by cultivating growth, building skills, deepening insight and awareness, and fostering meaningful relationships. My approach is rooted in mindfulness to build awareness and insight into one's thoughts, feelings, actions, and personal experience. With increased awareness you will be able to "slow down" and better understand what is happening so you can respond effectively to challenges rather than react in old, unhelpful ways. I will also teach you skills to help you relate to yourself and others with kindness.
(503) 506-2799 View (503) 506-2799
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Britt Deely
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, CSWA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97223  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I incorporate mindfulness, DBT, EMDR, and somatic experiencing in my work with clients.
Do you have an interest in targeting anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship issues? The desire to heal from distressing experiences or trauma that have had an impact on your relationships, employment, health, and wellness? We will work together utilizing a variety of treatment modalities to move beyond your past so you can start living each day with a renewed sense of purpose and harmony.
I incorporate mindfulness, DBT, EMDR, and somatic experiencing in my work with clients.
Do you have an interest in targeting anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship issues? The desire to heal from distressing experiences or trauma that have had an impact on your relationships, employment, health, and wellness? We will work together utilizing a variety of treatment modalities to move beyond your past so you can start living each day with a renewed sense of purpose and harmony.
(971) 306-5131 View (971) 306-5131
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Ryn Rising
Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPCA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97202  (Online Only)
Sessions typically involve Socratic questioning, mindfulness exercises, and creative interventions.
Trans and Queer folks deserve affirming care from counselors with lived experience. I am passionate about holding a collaborative and empowering space for folks who are in LGBTQIA+ community and also their families. I have experience with various identities, backgrounds, and difficulties including autism (and the unmasking process), ADHD, non-traditional relationships, people coping with chronic pain, or really anyone who seeks help understanding themselves, finding compassion and acceptance for themselves, and discovering more fulfilling ways to live.
Sessions typically involve Socratic questioning, mindfulness exercises, and creative interventions.
Trans and Queer folks deserve affirming care from counselors with lived experience. I am passionate about holding a collaborative and empowering space for folks who are in LGBTQIA+ community and also their families. I have experience with various identities, backgrounds, and difficulties including autism (and the unmasking process), ADHD, non-traditional relationships, people coping with chronic pain, or really anyone who seeks help understanding themselves, finding compassion and acceptance for themselves, and discovering more fulfilling ways to live.
(971) 308-5837 View (971) 308-5837
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G Joji Yoshimura
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97202
One strategy (called mindfulness) that I particularly encourage involves learning to become focused on the present moment, not judging ourselves so harshly, and treating ourselves and others with compassion.
Leadership Skills, Performance Enhancement and Life Coaching. I am confident in the ability of the individual to change. We all face many difficult challenges in life, but these can become opportunities for growth and personal development. Most of us have never really learned the optimal skills and strategies to deal with these challenges. After 30 years working with individuals from a great variety of economic, educational and cultural backgrounds, I have found that identifying and letting go of our old, unproductive coping strategies, and replacing them with new ways of engaging with the world, allows us to live in a more rewarding and productive fashion.
One strategy (called mindfulness) that I particularly encourage involves learning to become focused on the present moment, not judging ourselves so harshly, and treating ourselves and others with compassion.
Leadership Skills, Performance Enhancement and Life Coaching. I am confident in the ability of the individual to change. We all face many difficult challenges in life, but these can become opportunities for growth and personal development. Most of us have never really learned the optimal skills and strategies to deal with these challenges. After 30 years working with individuals from a great variety of economic, educational and cultural backgrounds, I have found that identifying and letting go of our old, unproductive coping strategies, and replacing them with new ways of engaging with the world, allows us to live in a more rewarding and productive fashion.
(650) 557-2292 View (650) 557-2292
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Anat Luce LeBlanc
MA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212
Combining years as an interfaith hospital chaplain with potent personal experience, a deeply empathic heart and skills from neuroscience, mindfulness and meditative practice, I honor the holistic impact of loss and the process of personal transformation.
Are you being broken open by a new diagnosis or significant life event, revisiting an ancient wound or tending to a fresh loss? Grief and loss are initiations that take us deep into the roots, the shadowlands of being where they work a wild alchemy there. I offer heart-centered and empathic support for those experiencing bereavement, grief and loss, chronic and terminal illness and major life transitions. I recognize the privilege it is to journey with you through the most tender places and commit to hold a warm and safe space for your journey of exploration and healing - however that takes form.
Combining years as an interfaith hospital chaplain with potent personal experience, a deeply empathic heart and skills from neuroscience, mindfulness and meditative practice, I honor the holistic impact of loss and the process of personal transformation.
Are you being broken open by a new diagnosis or significant life event, revisiting an ancient wound or tending to a fresh loss? Grief and loss are initiations that take us deep into the roots, the shadowlands of being where they work a wild alchemy there. I offer heart-centered and empathic support for those experiencing bereavement, grief and loss, chronic and terminal illness and major life transitions. I recognize the privilege it is to journey with you through the most tender places and commit to hold a warm and safe space for your journey of exploration and healing - however that takes form.
(971) 265-9551 View (971) 265-9551
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Mindful Therapy Pacific NW, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LPCA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97219
Each of our practitioners has their own specialization and training, but they all utilize the practice of mindfulness, which is a particular state of mind or vulnerability.
Mindful Therapy Pacific NW, LLC was formed to help meet the ever-growing need for high-quality therapy that is both accessible and affordable to Oregon and Washington residents. We are a group of highly trained compassionate clinicians. Our clients are seeking support as they face and navigate life's challenges, as well as those who are simply ready to move in a new direction in their lives. We believe that mental health involves the whole person: not only the mind, but our bodies, spirit, unique personal history, occupation, environment and personal relationships.
Each of our practitioners has their own specialization and training, but they all utilize the practice of mindfulness, which is a particular state of mind or vulnerability.
Mindful Therapy Pacific NW, LLC was formed to help meet the ever-growing need for high-quality therapy that is both accessible and affordable to Oregon and Washington residents. We are a group of highly trained compassionate clinicians. Our clients are seeking support as they face and navigate life's challenges, as well as those who are simply ready to move in a new direction in their lives. We believe that mental health involves the whole person: not only the mind, but our bodies, spirit, unique personal history, occupation, environment and personal relationships.
(503) 470-2512 View (503) 470-2512
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Dan Rubin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy is based on mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness teaches us how to be present and self-compassion teaches how to be a friend and ally to ourselves no matter what. I offer a warm and safe relationship, good old fashioned listening, and skills to improve effective communication, managing and learning from emotions, self-acceptance, compassion, and connecting with and living your values. Mindfulness-based therapy is practical, evidence-based, and it works. You don't have to be stuck, overwhelmed, or feel disconnected from your life. You can make positive changes, heal, grow, and thrive.
My approach to therapy is based on mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness teaches us how to be present and self-compassion teaches how to be a friend and ally to ourselves no matter what. I offer a warm and safe relationship, good old fashioned listening, and skills to improve effective communication, managing and learning from emotions, self-acceptance, compassion, and connecting with and living your values. Mindfulness-based therapy is practical, evidence-based, and it works. You don't have to be stuck, overwhelmed, or feel disconnected from your life. You can make positive changes, heal, grow, and thrive.
(503) 894-3068 View (503) 894-3068
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Lisa Pace
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97219
Therapy is helpful! Deciding to engage in therapy may not be an easy decision; I assure that you will be met with warmth, compassion and respect. I incorporate a mindfulness approach to treatment and utilize acceptance and change strategies to help you reach your goals. My approach is collaborative, welcoming and non-judgmental. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have been working in the field since 2007. I have experience working in varied settings including community mental health center's, hospital/ER settings, Portland DBT Institute, Inc and private practice.
Therapy is helpful! Deciding to engage in therapy may not be an easy decision; I assure that you will be met with warmth, compassion and respect. I incorporate a mindfulness approach to treatment and utilize acceptance and change strategies to help you reach your goals. My approach is collaborative, welcoming and non-judgmental. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have been working in the field since 2007. I have experience working in varied settings including community mental health center's, hospital/ER settings, Portland DBT Institute, Inc and private practice.
(503) 406-6254 View (503) 406-6254
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Craig Parton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
I will also use more somatically-based tools such as mindfulness meditation and body awareness.
It is often during difficult times that people come to psychotherapy. These times may feel overwhelming. Either way, we come because we hope that feelings, motivations, relationships or circumstances can be different. My approach to therapy comes out of my training in Somatic Psychology, which is based on the premise that the mind and body are interconnected. Somatic Psychotherapy is experientially-focused, with the underlying assumption that you don’t need fixing, that you are already enough as you are. Note: I am licensed in Oregon and California.
I will also use more somatically-based tools such as mindfulness meditation and body awareness.
It is often during difficult times that people come to psychotherapy. These times may feel overwhelming. Either way, we come because we hope that feelings, motivations, relationships or circumstances can be different. My approach to therapy comes out of my training in Somatic Psychology, which is based on the premise that the mind and body are interconnected. Somatic Psychotherapy is experientially-focused, with the underlying assumption that you don’t need fixing, that you are already enough as you are. Note: I am licensed in Oregon and California.
(503) 483-2500 View (503) 483-2500
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Annie Louise Pippert
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212  (Online Only)
In my work, I utilize treatment modalities including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness-based practices, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and The Gottman Method for couples.
I work with a variety of concerns including couples and family conflict, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, emotional distress, and the struggle to find purpose and meaning in life. I believe in highlighting the uniqueness of the individual, while understanding that we all function as part of a multitude of larger systems. The relationships we create with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us, can both transform and challenge us. Through this approach, I help individuals, couples, and families find peace and harmony. I will support you while you heal, transcend, and build the life you want.
In my work, I utilize treatment modalities including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness-based practices, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and The Gottman Method for couples.
I work with a variety of concerns including couples and family conflict, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, emotional distress, and the struggle to find purpose and meaning in life. I believe in highlighting the uniqueness of the individual, while understanding that we all function as part of a multitude of larger systems. The relationships we create with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us, can both transform and challenge us. Through this approach, I help individuals, couples, and families find peace and harmony. I will support you while you heal, transcend, and build the life you want.
(971) 232-3458 View (971) 232-3458
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William Hamel
Professional Counselor Associate, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
I use direct communication to identify unhelpful behavior patterns and offer opportunities for growth through immediacy, mindfulness, and creativity.
I work with people who may be struggling to feel present in their life, or feel unable to enact their values for immediate and long term goals. Often, these struggles stem from things outside our control like past traumatic experiences and systematic oppression. In my collaborative approach to therapy, we will refocus on the experiences, decisions, and actions within your control to move your life in the direction you want it to go. My experiences includes working with symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, anger, addictions, and life transitions.
I use direct communication to identify unhelpful behavior patterns and offer opportunities for growth through immediacy, mindfulness, and creativity.
I work with people who may be struggling to feel present in their life, or feel unable to enact their values for immediate and long term goals. Often, these struggles stem from things outside our control like past traumatic experiences and systematic oppression. In my collaborative approach to therapy, we will refocus on the experiences, decisions, and actions within your control to move your life in the direction you want it to go. My experiences includes working with symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, anger, addictions, and life transitions.
(971) 290-1138 View (971) 290-1138
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Fran Miller, Ph.D.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229
I provide therapy within an eclectic perspective including cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, transpersonal, self-psychological, mindfulness based, and supportive, theories and techniques.
I am currently providing mostly telehealth services via the HIPPA compliant website, doxy.me. I believe psychotherapy is an extremely unique and special endeavor, and I find providing psychotherapy is both rewarding and a privilege. I am a warm, supportive, verbal, interactive therapist, and I care about my clients well being and development. If you plan to call for a therapy appointment, please be sure to include your insurance company and reasons for therapy, There is further and more extensive information on at my website: www.heartmind.com.
I provide therapy within an eclectic perspective including cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, transpersonal, self-psychological, mindfulness based, and supportive, theories and techniques.
I am currently providing mostly telehealth services via the HIPPA compliant website, doxy.me. I believe psychotherapy is an extremely unique and special endeavor, and I find providing psychotherapy is both rewarding and a privilege. I am a warm, supportive, verbal, interactive therapist, and I care about my clients well being and development. If you plan to call for a therapy appointment, please be sure to include your insurance company and reasons for therapy, There is further and more extensive information on at my website: www.heartmind.com.
(503) 883-8880 View (503) 883-8880
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Brittany England
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97211  (Online Only)
I will help you get to the heart of the matter, the root of what is causing suffering in your life, and we will work together to create the changes you seek. I work from a mind-body-spirit lens with a focus on nervous system regulation, somatic interventions, NLP, parts work, mindfulness, and EFT meridian tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques). We work together to help unstick the parts of yourself and your life that are stuck. We will work together to create a different relationship with these parts so you can have the experience of being happy, healthy, well, and fulfilled in you life.
I will help you get to the heart of the matter, the root of what is causing suffering in your life, and we will work together to create the changes you seek. I work from a mind-body-spirit lens with a focus on nervous system regulation, somatic interventions, NLP, parts work, mindfulness, and EFT meridian tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques). We work together to help unstick the parts of yourself and your life that are stuck. We will work together to create a different relationship with these parts so you can have the experience of being happy, healthy, well, and fulfilled in you life.
(971) 257-1632 View (971) 257-1632
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Michael Unger
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
I utilize approaches with strong research support and often integrate mindfulness-based practices to help you to increase self-awareness and cultivate self-acceptance.
Accepting new clients. Are you ready to break free from unhelpful thinking styles and behaviors that are holding you back from living a more fulfilling life? During times of stress do you tend to be too hard on yourself rather than attending to your own needs? Would you like to feel more empowered with effective strategies to better manage worry, low mood, irritability or self-criticism? Coping with mental health challenges while also attending to work, relationship or health related concerns can be overwhelming. You deserve a safe and compassionate space to openly process your thoughts and feelings.
I utilize approaches with strong research support and often integrate mindfulness-based practices to help you to increase self-awareness and cultivate self-acceptance.
Accepting new clients. Are you ready to break free from unhelpful thinking styles and behaviors that are holding you back from living a more fulfilling life? During times of stress do you tend to be too hard on yourself rather than attending to your own needs? Would you like to feel more empowered with effective strategies to better manage worry, low mood, irritability or self-criticism? Coping with mental health challenges while also attending to work, relationship or health related concerns can be overwhelming. You deserve a safe and compassionate space to openly process your thoughts and feelings.
(503) 461-1556 View (503) 461-1556
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Julia Perretta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97206  (Online Only)
Utilizing mindfulness-based emotion and solution focused approaches, our therapy will call upon your strengths to help create a deeper sense of meaning and well-being within your own life, and in the context of your valued relationships.
I specialize in providing emotion focused therapy for couples who are interested in working on issues related to communication, trust, infidelity, connection, and intimacy. I also work with individuals who are looking to heal their relationship with food, body image, stress, anxiety, substance use, depression, and manage responses to complex trauma. I welcome folx of all types, including LGBTQI and poly/ENM identifying individuals and couples. People who work with me enjoy integrating mindfulness and humor into the therapeutic tableau.
Utilizing mindfulness-based emotion and solution focused approaches, our therapy will call upon your strengths to help create a deeper sense of meaning and well-being within your own life, and in the context of your valued relationships.
I specialize in providing emotion focused therapy for couples who are interested in working on issues related to communication, trust, infidelity, connection, and intimacy. I also work with individuals who are looking to heal their relationship with food, body image, stress, anxiety, substance use, depression, and manage responses to complex trauma. I welcome folx of all types, including LGBTQI and poly/ENM identifying individuals and couples. People who work with me enjoy integrating mindfulness and humor into the therapeutic tableau.
(503) 213-6255 View (503) 213-6255
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Elissa Barbee
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CADCI
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
My therapy approach is trauma-informed, utilizing clients' strength, acceptance and commitment therapy and a mix of spiritual and mindfulness practices geared towards enhancing the client experience while creating an enriched growth potential.
"Being human is not about being any one particular way; it is about being as life creates you-with your own particular strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges, quirks and oddities." Here, Kristin Neff gently reminds us that the gift of life is experienced through the journey of coming in to your own being. As a healing professional, I would be honored to accompany you on your journey of exploring the unique aspects of your humanness that cause you to get stuck and limit your access to abundance.
My therapy approach is trauma-informed, utilizing clients' strength, acceptance and commitment therapy and a mix of spiritual and mindfulness practices geared towards enhancing the client experience while creating an enriched growth potential.
"Being human is not about being any one particular way; it is about being as life creates you-with your own particular strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges, quirks and oddities." Here, Kristin Neff gently reminds us that the gift of life is experienced through the journey of coming in to your own being. As a healing professional, I would be honored to accompany you on your journey of exploring the unique aspects of your humanness that cause you to get stuck and limit your access to abundance.
(503) 610-8905 View (503) 610-8905
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.