It’s not just a fad. For thousands of years, people have been using mindfulness to ease suffering and enhance well-being. We have therapists trained in mindfulness therapy techniques to help you be fully present and live with greater courage, connection, and happiness.
Sometimes anxieties or comparison scenarios take over.
We’re human. If it happens, we try to address things and move on.
The problem is when they become recurring negative patterns and you feel like you’re getting sucked into a downward spiral.
Free yourself from negative thoughts
There’s a lot of buzz around mindfulness therapy and for very good reasons. Scientists have discovered that our brains have a remarkable ability to adapt and grow. Neuroplasticity allows us to break unhealthy neural pathways by strengthening healthy neural connections. This means you can learn to recognize and focus on your strengths and basic goodness.
Reframe your story
We have therapists trained in a variety of mindfulness approaches, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Contemplative Psychotherapy, and many others. Whatever the approach, we teach people to observe negative thoughts without labeling or judging them. By practicing mindfulness meditation, you can observe your thoughts without being lost in them. These therapies can help you more effectively navigate obstacles and have been shown to:
Relieve depression and anxiety.
Improve concentration and focus.
Reduce physical pain, increase energy, improve immune system
“I’ve meditated before, but I’m not good at it. It didn’t help.”
We hear that a lot.
Lots of folks have dabbled in meditation. We live in an age where there are endless guided meditations available on the internet. Although the instruction for meditation is quite simple, most people find the application is quite hard. Not only that, but many people are surprised to initially find that meditation does not lead to a sense of peace, perhaps the opposite. Meditation can frequently have the side-effect of stirring up the pot. Mindfulness-based psychotherapy can be a great place to address that stuff.
Mindfulness-based therapy builds upon insights gained during meditation and are incorporated into your day-to-day life. You still have thoughts and feelings but aren’t distracted by them. You learn to be in the moment with openness and flexibility. Be present.
Customize your sessions to support interests and goals
We have therapists who specialize in using mindfulness techniques. It can be used alone or in combination with traditional counseling or psychotherapy. We tailor our sessions based on your needs.
- Curious about how meditation could enhance your current therapy.
- If you meditate regularly, you may want to incorporate mindfulness techniques into your current treatment.
- You understand meditation but continue to struggle with painful thoughts or feelings.
Onsite & Online Therapy
Psychotherapy Associates of Chicago provides onsite & HIPAA-compliant teletherapy sessions. Although in-person sessions are generally preferable, an online therapist can be a great option when this is not possible. Contact us for more information.
Why PAC for Mindfulness Psychotherapy?
We don’t use clinical jargon or write for academic journals; we are here to help people. Our approach doesn’t work for everyone, nor should it. It just needs to work for you. Your concerns guide our therapeutic approach. We each have diverse specialties so you can choose one of our licensed therapists that fits you. Sometimes you instantly click with a mental health counselor. Other times, you don’t. We get that and work to find you the best match.
Our Chicago community has counted on our psychotherapy practice for over 20 years. The on-site & online therapy services we provide range from individual therapy, couples therapy, mindfulness and child therapy. It’s a true privilege knowing that we have created a highly respected resource for our neighbors. We are an inclusive practice serving individuals, couples and families of all ages, genders, sexual orientations and ethnicities. All are welcome.