Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists in Austin, TX

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Elizabeth Welwood
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Therefore, mindfulness and self-compassion are at the core of my practice.
I am licensed to counsel individuals who reside in Texas, Tennessee, and Colorado. I enjoy working with adults of all ages, particularly those who are self-motivated and eager to change. My counseling style is warm and non-judgmental. I am skilled in helping individuals work through anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, negative body image, codependent tendencies, and relationship stressors. In order to help you make changes, find relief, and heal emotional wounds, I will expect a willingness to self-reflect.
Therefore, mindfulness and self-compassion are at the core of my practice.
I am licensed to counsel individuals who reside in Texas, Tennessee, and Colorado. I enjoy working with adults of all ages, particularly those who are self-motivated and eager to change. My counseling style is warm and non-judgmental. I am skilled in helping individuals work through anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, negative body image, codependent tendencies, and relationship stressors. In order to help you make changes, find relief, and heal emotional wounds, I will expect a willingness to self-reflect.
(512) 387-3168 View (512) 387-3168
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Kai Rockwell
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I'm an LMSW with a passion for social work, currently on the journey towards my doctorate. My expertise lies in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness therapeutic interventions, and somatic processing.
I'm an LMSW with a passion for social work, currently on the journey towards my doctorate. My expertise lies in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness therapeutic interventions, and somatic processing.
(737) 510-4214 View (737) 510-4214
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Lizzy Rand
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
My work is informed by an integrative approach, drawing from mindfulness-based, psychodynamic, CBT, and ACT practices.
There are moments in life when we feel stressed, lost, or overwhelmed. Feeling alone in our struggles can be disheartening. Whether you’ve come to this place because life circumstances have shifted, the day-to-day feels too strenuous to manage, or you’re hurting in some way, we all have unique strengths that can help us navigate these challenges. Therapy is one way to foster those strengths, and when we are given a warm and trusting therapeutic space, we can often find harmony and solutions to our struggles. I focus on helping individuals with anxiety, depression, stress, shame, grief, life transitions, or relationship struggles.
My work is informed by an integrative approach, drawing from mindfulness-based, psychodynamic, CBT, and ACT practices.
There are moments in life when we feel stressed, lost, or overwhelmed. Feeling alone in our struggles can be disheartening. Whether you’ve come to this place because life circumstances have shifted, the day-to-day feels too strenuous to manage, or you’re hurting in some way, we all have unique strengths that can help us navigate these challenges. Therapy is one way to foster those strengths, and when we are given a warm and trusting therapeutic space, we can often find harmony and solutions to our struggles. I focus on helping individuals with anxiety, depression, stress, shame, grief, life transitions, or relationship struggles.
(512) 883-7350 View (512) 883-7350
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Kathryn Bongiovanni
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I incorporate physical movement, reading, mindfulness, & tasks in between session.
Spiraling? To work through pain, chemistry between the therapist and the client matters. What you can expect from me as your therapist: I will be my authentic self in the room & likely drop the F-bomb. I weave pragmatism, warmth and humor into our conversations. I will treat you like an equal person sitting across from me. I work best with clients who want to be their whole selves, too. While it feels like going in circles, you're actually climbing a mountain. Same view- new perspective.
I incorporate physical movement, reading, mindfulness, & tasks in between session.
Spiraling? To work through pain, chemistry between the therapist and the client matters. What you can expect from me as your therapist: I will be my authentic self in the room & likely drop the F-bomb. I weave pragmatism, warmth and humor into our conversations. I will treat you like an equal person sitting across from me. I work best with clients who want to be their whole selves, too. While it feels like going in circles, you're actually climbing a mountain. Same view- new perspective.
(512) 772-5154 View (512) 772-5154
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Wild Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Waitlist for new clients
I work with clients using a variety of methods such as: relational & somatic processing, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, acceptance & self-compassion.
Around my mid 20s I found myself feeling very lost in life. I had graduated college, but I didn’t know what to do with my degree, so I bounced from one meaningless job to another. While I was trying to figure out my purpose and direction, tragedy struck and in 2010 I lost my father to suicide, with no warning at all. In order to make peace with what happened, a few months later I applied to graduate school with the intention of getting into a field where I could help and possibly prevent people from having to experience what I experienced. I also realized I wanted to help people like my dad, who didn’t know how to ask for help.
I work with clients using a variety of methods such as: relational & somatic processing, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, acceptance & self-compassion.
Around my mid 20s I found myself feeling very lost in life. I had graduated college, but I didn’t know what to do with my degree, so I bounced from one meaningless job to another. While I was trying to figure out my purpose and direction, tragedy struck and in 2010 I lost my father to suicide, with no warning at all. In order to make peace with what happened, a few months later I applied to graduate school with the intention of getting into a field where I could help and possibly prevent people from having to experience what I experienced. I also realized I wanted to help people like my dad, who didn’t know how to ask for help.
(512) 768-9780 View (512) 768-9780
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Sharin Duffy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78757
Some of the techniques I use include elements of CBT, mindfulness, trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and somatic therapy.
Hi there, my name is Sharin. First off, I’d like to say I am glad you are here. Deciding to explore options for talking with a counselor can be a big step. If you feel like where you are at right now is not where you would like to be, or maybe there are just so many feelings happening all at once, I can support you in finding a pathway to achieving your goals. Sometimes it is hard to even know what your goals are and I can help you to figure out what it is that you would like to accomplish.
Some of the techniques I use include elements of CBT, mindfulness, trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and somatic therapy.
Hi there, my name is Sharin. First off, I’d like to say I am glad you are here. Deciding to explore options for talking with a counselor can be a big step. If you feel like where you are at right now is not where you would like to be, or maybe there are just so many feelings happening all at once, I can support you in finding a pathway to achieving your goals. Sometimes it is hard to even know what your goals are and I can help you to figure out what it is that you would like to accomplish.
(737) 345-2842 x1 View (737) 345-2842 x1
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Nancy Ngo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Nancy believes that showing up as you are is the first step to healing and recovery. She is passionate about accompanying others on the journey inward. Life comes with so many things that are uncontrollable. It is essential to recognize and own what you can control and view life from a renewed perspective. Nancy is an active listener, and she utilizes evidence-based therapeutic practices such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Activation, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Solution-focused Therapy.
Nancy believes that showing up as you are is the first step to healing and recovery. She is passionate about accompanying others on the journey inward. Life comes with so many things that are uncontrollable. It is essential to recognize and own what you can control and view life from a renewed perspective. Nancy is an active listener, and she utilizes evidence-based therapeutic practices such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Activation, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Solution-focused Therapy.
(737) 727-4146 View (737) 727-4146
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Krystal Klein
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78752  (Online Only)
My therapeutic style is warm and understanding. I believe in meeting my clients where they're at and allowing them to move at their own pace while simultaneously challenging them to work towards their treatment goals. My approach combines solution-focus, dialectical and cognitive-behavioral, with a heavy dose of mindfulness.
My therapeutic style is warm and understanding. I believe in meeting my clients where they're at and allowing them to move at their own pace while simultaneously challenging them to work towards their treatment goals. My approach combines solution-focus, dialectical and cognitive-behavioral, with a heavy dose of mindfulness.
(737) 302-5693 x1 View (737) 302-5693 x1
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Jacqueline Robbins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78753  (Online Only)
I am passionate about mindfulness, the mind-body connection, working with the nervous system, and health at every size promoting weight inclusivity, eating for well-being, respectful care, life-enhancing movement, and divestment from diet culture and weight stigma.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about supporting individuals with disordered eating/eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety, depression, identity development, low self-esteem, and life transitions. I believe in the importance of relationships and creating a safe therapeutic environment that allows clients to be their authentic selves and utilize their unique strengths to drive the change process. I welcome people from all backgrounds, identities, and experiences with an open mind and curiosity to understand individuals as a whole person.
I am passionate about mindfulness, the mind-body connection, working with the nervous system, and health at every size promoting weight inclusivity, eating for well-being, respectful care, life-enhancing movement, and divestment from diet culture and weight stigma.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about supporting individuals with disordered eating/eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety, depression, identity development, low self-esteem, and life transitions. I believe in the importance of relationships and creating a safe therapeutic environment that allows clients to be their authentic selves and utilize their unique strengths to drive the change process. I welcome people from all backgrounds, identities, and experiences with an open mind and curiosity to understand individuals as a whole person.
(512) 900-3953 x1005 View (512) 900-3953 x1005
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Jennifer Scardino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78745
I integrate healing modalities that include mind, body and spiritual practices per your preference such as mindfulness, somatic experiencing and EMDR.
We all have an inner wisdom to heal. A reed, much like the story of the lotus flower, begins within murky environments and grows toward the sun through strength and flexibility to weather the storms. My intention within sessions is to build a safe, supported space to attune to any needs you have in your current journey. I welcome children, adolescents, adults, elders and couples. I am passionate about cultivating a collaborative, trauma informed and safe therapeutic space that is culturally responsive and attuned to your needs in this current journey.
I integrate healing modalities that include mind, body and spiritual practices per your preference such as mindfulness, somatic experiencing and EMDR.
We all have an inner wisdom to heal. A reed, much like the story of the lotus flower, begins within murky environments and grows toward the sun through strength and flexibility to weather the storms. My intention within sessions is to build a safe, supported space to attune to any needs you have in your current journey. I welcome children, adolescents, adults, elders and couples. I am passionate about cultivating a collaborative, trauma informed and safe therapeutic space that is culturally responsive and attuned to your needs in this current journey.
(726) 224-4588 View (726) 224-4588
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Jack Reed
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAHS, LPC, MAC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78735
distress can take many forms, depression, excessive use of drugs and alcohol, anxiety or troubled relationships. Usually, we can make the necessary adjustments and carry on with well adjusted lives and careers. Sometimes, try as we might, things will not fall in to place; and that might be time to get some help. I offer EMDR, Hypnosis, Mindfulness and family of origin based therapies, as well as Addiction and relapse management therapies.
distress can take many forms, depression, excessive use of drugs and alcohol, anxiety or troubled relationships. Usually, we can make the necessary adjustments and carry on with well adjusted lives and careers. Sometimes, try as we might, things will not fall in to place; and that might be time to get some help. I offer EMDR, Hypnosis, Mindfulness and family of origin based therapies, as well as Addiction and relapse management therapies.
(512) 746-7289 View (512) 746-7289
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Yanieke Gayle
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78752  (Online Only)
Yanieke Gayle is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas and the State of Florida. I am trained as Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, offering Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Are you feeling anxious, depressed or stuck? Are you facing changes that you are having problems maneuvering? My specialization is working with women to manage and overcome symptoms of Anxiety and Depression. Psychotherapy provides incredible benefits, including emotional support, improved mental health, increased self-awareness, enhanced coping skills and personal growth and self-development.
Yanieke Gayle is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas and the State of Florida. I am trained as Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, offering Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Are you feeling anxious, depressed or stuck? Are you facing changes that you are having problems maneuvering? My specialization is working with women to manage and overcome symptoms of Anxiety and Depression. Psychotherapy provides incredible benefits, including emotional support, improved mental health, increased self-awareness, enhanced coping skills and personal growth and self-development.
(512) 308-3556 View (512) 308-3556
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Red Apple Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
My name is Faith and I work with individuals and couples facing a range of concerns to include depression, trauma, abuse, PTSD, ADHD, relationship issues, sex related issues, sexuality, and other life issues. I will work to meet you where you are in your journey. Red Apple Therapy offers alternative therapies for those searching for a holistic and eclectic approach to counseling, including ecotherapy and mindfulness practices. Our goal is to assist you in meeting your goal by providing a safe, authentic and compassionate clinical setting with an individualized therapy experience.
My name is Faith and I work with individuals and couples facing a range of concerns to include depression, trauma, abuse, PTSD, ADHD, relationship issues, sex related issues, sexuality, and other life issues. I will work to meet you where you are in your journey. Red Apple Therapy offers alternative therapies for those searching for a holistic and eclectic approach to counseling, including ecotherapy and mindfulness practices. Our goal is to assist you in meeting your goal by providing a safe, authentic and compassionate clinical setting with an individualized therapy experience.
(512) 980-1226 View (512) 980-1226
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Elissa Shaw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, LCSW
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
Waitlist for new clients
I take an active approach to therapy and draw upon my training in CBT, Mindfulness, Family Systems Theory, and Psychodynamics to facilitate insight into thoughts, emotions, behaviors and relationship patterns.
How do you find meaning and create a life worth living? How do you create a more vital connection with yourself? What gets in the way of you achieving your goals? As an integrative holistic therapist, my goal is to create a safe relationship to help you uncover your true potential and understand the negative stories that create barriers for you. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span therapy for depression, anxiety, family support, and beyond. In a supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to your individual needs.
I take an active approach to therapy and draw upon my training in CBT, Mindfulness, Family Systems Theory, and Psychodynamics to facilitate insight into thoughts, emotions, behaviors and relationship patterns.
How do you find meaning and create a life worth living? How do you create a more vital connection with yourself? What gets in the way of you achieving your goals? As an integrative holistic therapist, my goal is to create a safe relationship to help you uncover your true potential and understand the negative stories that create barriers for you. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span therapy for depression, anxiety, family support, and beyond. In a supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to your individual needs.
(512) 649-9423 View (512) 649-9423
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Kate Czar
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I employ evidence-based approaches, primarily cognitive-behavioral (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness, all couched within the important context of our relationship.
If you're ready to leave behind the overwhelm of all that's not serving you and move instead toward relief and a more value-driven life, let's get started. I'm here to support your quest toward improved mood, sense of self, psychological sturdiness, and active self-nourishment. I'm a strengths-based therapist specializing in working with concerns such as anxiety, self-esteem/relationship to self, burnout, and stressful life transitions. I approach emotional health from a holistic lens with an understanding of the mind-body connection and earnest attention paid to cultural and identity factors.
I employ evidence-based approaches, primarily cognitive-behavioral (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness, all couched within the important context of our relationship.
If you're ready to leave behind the overwhelm of all that's not serving you and move instead toward relief and a more value-driven life, let's get started. I'm here to support your quest toward improved mood, sense of self, psychological sturdiness, and active self-nourishment. I'm a strengths-based therapist specializing in working with concerns such as anxiety, self-esteem/relationship to self, burnout, and stressful life transitions. I approach emotional health from a holistic lens with an understanding of the mind-body connection and earnest attention paid to cultural and identity factors.
(737) 373-2368 View (737) 373-2368
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Dr. K. Olivia Trone
PsyD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Waitlist for new clients
I tend to focus on insight-building, mindfulness, and aiding recognition of maladaptive patterns as a means to transform your experience.
I value a holistic approach when working with clients, and I aim to co-create a space where we can walk through your personhood and experience together. In therapy, I utilize a blend of CBT, interpersonal, and psychodynamic intervention methods when best suited for my clients, taking into consideration their specific situation and goals. I have high regard for the information we receive through non-ordinary states of consciousness is for processing and integration (e.g.: unconscious material brought forth through psychedelic experiences, meditative states, synchronicities, dreams, and visions).
I tend to focus on insight-building, mindfulness, and aiding recognition of maladaptive patterns as a means to transform your experience.
I value a holistic approach when working with clients, and I aim to co-create a space where we can walk through your personhood and experience together. In therapy, I utilize a blend of CBT, interpersonal, and psychodynamic intervention methods when best suited for my clients, taking into consideration their specific situation and goals. I have high regard for the information we receive through non-ordinary states of consciousness is for processing and integration (e.g.: unconscious material brought forth through psychedelic experiences, meditative states, synchronicities, dreams, and visions).
(512) 980-9531 View (512) 980-9531
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Sara Bratcher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
In addition to EMDR, I utilize a solution focused approach to help individuals retrain their brain to look for positives and I incorporate mindfulness techniques to help clients find a calm, centered mind.
I am passionate about helping individuals see and value the good in themselves. Oftentimes our minds can fool us into believing that we are not worthy, not enough, or unloveable. These are generalized falsehoods that are usually rooted in trauma. I work to create a safe space for you to begin to confront such negative core beliefs - to stare them down - in order to begin to challenge, dismantle, and replace them with new, positive beliefs.
In addition to EMDR, I utilize a solution focused approach to help individuals retrain their brain to look for positives and I incorporate mindfulness techniques to help clients find a calm, centered mind.
I am passionate about helping individuals see and value the good in themselves. Oftentimes our minds can fool us into believing that we are not worthy, not enough, or unloveable. These are generalized falsehoods that are usually rooted in trauma. I work to create a safe space for you to begin to confront such negative core beliefs - to stare them down - in order to begin to challenge, dismantle, and replace them with new, positive beliefs.
(512) 866-1178 View (512) 866-1178
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Marcia Louise Sherrod
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in applying mindfulness and attachment theory to anxiety, attention issues, depression, grief, and life transitions.
I would be delighted to explore with you whatever brings you to therapy at this time in your life. If you are struggling with a life transition, stress, or symptoms of depression or anxiety, we can work together with curiosity and compassion to help you develop the skills necessary to tolerate difficult emotions and situations in the present moment while helping you reconnect to your own vitality. If you are feeling stuck and unsure how the future will unfold, I would be honored to help you learn to embrace uncertainty while creating a meaningful, authentic life.
I specialize in applying mindfulness and attachment theory to anxiety, attention issues, depression, grief, and life transitions.
I would be delighted to explore with you whatever brings you to therapy at this time in your life. If you are struggling with a life transition, stress, or symptoms of depression or anxiety, we can work together with curiosity and compassion to help you develop the skills necessary to tolerate difficult emotions and situations in the present moment while helping you reconnect to your own vitality. If you are feeling stuck and unsure how the future will unfold, I would be honored to help you learn to embrace uncertainty while creating a meaningful, authentic life.
(512) 598-5816 View (512) 598-5816
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Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78757
Anxiety protects you from harm and motivates you to succeed. Anxiety is problematic, however, when it becomes out of proportion to the situation and interferes with your life. Often the strategies you use to cope with your anxiety--such as avoidance--make it worse. The treatment that we provide is geared toward interrupting this vicious cycle by helping you gradually face your fears and build your confidence in a collaborative and supportive environment. We utilize a flexible cognitive-behavioral approach which incorporates mindfulness, cognitive techniques, and exposure-based interventions.
Anxiety protects you from harm and motivates you to succeed. Anxiety is problematic, however, when it becomes out of proportion to the situation and interferes with your life. Often the strategies you use to cope with your anxiety--such as avoidance--make it worse. The treatment that we provide is geared toward interrupting this vicious cycle by helping you gradually face your fears and build your confidence in a collaborative and supportive environment. We utilize a flexible cognitive-behavioral approach which incorporates mindfulness, cognitive techniques, and exposure-based interventions.
(512) 649-0027 View (512) 649-0027
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Brandy Banks
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
I utilize CBT and mindfulness-based therapy to give clients the skills to manage the more difficult times that life brings.
Fear and a misunderstanding of what psychotherapy is, is often what keeps many people from getting the help they so desperately need. I have worked with adolescents, adults, seniors, and the LGBTQ community. I have experienced working with clients in private practice, inpatient and forensic settings whom have struggled with trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and various personality disorders. Clients are often thankful for the help and support that they experience and wonder why they didn’t get the help sooner.
I utilize CBT and mindfulness-based therapy to give clients the skills to manage the more difficult times that life brings.
Fear and a misunderstanding of what psychotherapy is, is often what keeps many people from getting the help they so desperately need. I have worked with adolescents, adults, seniors, and the LGBTQ community. I have experienced working with clients in private practice, inpatient and forensic settings whom have struggled with trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and various personality disorders. Clients are often thankful for the help and support that they experience and wonder why they didn’t get the help sooner.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
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.