How You Can Benefit From Psychotherapy and Mindfulness?

  • Become aware of the working of your mind
  • Learn to recognize patterns
  • Learn to stay steady, but also to stand back a little
  • Recognize that you have choices rather than slipping back to old patterns

  • Take a kinder, gentler attitude toward self
  • Recognize warning signals and take helpful action
  • Learn to put less effort into ‘fixing’ things
  • Learn to focus on the here and now


What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is talk therapy.  It mean talking to an impartial person about those things that scare you, and are holding you in sadness, anger, or resentment.  It allows you to say out loud those  things your fell that no one, not even yourself, can understand.

Psychotherapy allows the individual to look at what is affecting their life now.  It allows the individual to wake from ‘automatic pilot’ and to truly start to experience life.  Therapy uses compassion and understanding.  It teaches us how to have compassion for ourselves and stop judging so harshly.  “Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.” ― Nathaniel Branden

How could you benefit from psychotherapy?

  • Recognize your destructive patterns
  • Gain self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • Recognize and gain empathy and compassion towards your suffering
  • Let go of self-judgment and expectations to be perfect
  • Freedom from guilt and shame
  • Enjoy others for who they are rather than who you think they should be

When you should seek a therapist:

  • You feel an overwhelming, prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness
  • Your problems don’t seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends
  • You find it difficult to concentrate or to carry out everyday activities
  • You worry excessively, expect the worst or are constantly on edge
  • Your actions, such as drinking too much alcohol, using drugs or being aggressive, are harming you or others
  • You have a sense that something is just off – there should be more to experiencing life
  • Your relationships are turbulent and often filled with drama, or you walk on eggshells trying to please everyone

What is mindfulness? – It is a lifelong practice. 


This type of focus has been around for thousands of years; million of people use these techniques to slow down, breathe, and check into what is really going on within.

Mindfulness helps break the cycle of habitual reaction and regret, by not letting us get caught up in society’s expectations of what should make us happy.  Instead, consciously and with intention, we respond to ourselves and the people around us, take responsibility for our won choices, and ultimately stop sleepwalking through life.

We have roughly 50,000 thoughts per day.  Which ones do we pay attention to? which ones are helpful?  Which ones are old and abusive and get in the way?

Imagine being free from anxiety, depression, worry, comparison, and self-doubt.  These thoughts will still come up, but they don’t need to have the power to control our moods and actions.  They are merely thoughts and habits; they pass.

We need the strength and guidance to truly be with the parts of ourselves we don’t like, the parts of our history we don’t like.  This is not easy work.  it is a lifetime commitment with the reward of becoming friends with all of who we are.

‘Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy’

A mouthful, I know.  However it is aptly named to reflect two very different but equally effective traditions:

‘Mindfulness’ is a growing catchphrase which simply means: developing awareness. We all experience moments when we’re suddenly aware; the vividness of details and the potential richness of our lives comes right into focus. Unfortunately, we spend an extraordinary amount of time ‘mindlessly’ planning for the future or dwelling in the past. Meditation – a 2600-year old practice, cultivated all over the world – fosters a sense of balance and emotional stability, and restores the present moment, regardless of what may be happening in our live

‘Cognitive therapy,’ in a nutshell, is traditional psychotherapy. It takes a skill-building approach whereby you and a therapist work together to question your daily assumptions, and explore more flexible ways to think and respond. Modifying distorted beliefs can create drastic changes in your relationship with yourself and others, eventually giving you greater agency so that you can adapt a new way of being.

Meditation and traditional therapy, when combined together, can produce profound transformation and open a world of possibility. MBCT can be applied to depression, anxiety, excessive worry, irritability, addiction, and stress-related physical issues, and is particularly
helpful for those who experience mood spirals, getting stuck, and tend to put immense pressure on themselves to achieve.

Perhaps Zindel Segal, a pioneer in the use of mindfulness meditation in the area of psychiatry, explains it best:

As you increase your awareness about thinking itself, you can develop an entirely different
relationship with your thoughts. You don’t need to fight your thoughts, you don’t need to
struggle, and you don’t need to dispute your thinking.
You can develop a more spacious way of holding [your thinking]. And what you’ll find is that it
can really change, in important ways that can reduce suffering.
Developing a practice of mindfulness takes effort, it takes discipline, it takes a certain
commitment, but it has tremendous dividends. People are left with a mosaic of self-care that
involves setting time aside to focus on awareness, on allowing and accepting experience.

Therapy is hard work.  I have a huge admiration for anyone who can open themselves up to a stranger in order to heal the wounds that have been holding them back.  It is a vulnerable place to be.  Do your homework.  Find a therapist who is right for you.  There are lot of great teachers and guides out there.  Check credentials and personal practices.  The benefits of mindfulness can truly change your life.  It is not a quick fix and an experienced practitioner can make the work both liberating and rewarding.

Therapy services can be provided in a 1:1 setting, via Skype, or Telephone sessions.

Psychotherapy is now covered under most workplace insurance providers.  Please check with your company.

There are a limited number of subsidized appointments available.

Learn more about becoming mindful

Contact Cindy Owen to book a complimentary 15 minute phone session to see if therapy is right for you.


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