Mindfulness Classes

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 

Teacher: Matthew Silverstein, PhD 

Tuesdays, October 10 – December 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Day-Long Retreat on December 3.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the basics of cognitive therapy, such as awareness of distortions in thinking, with ancient mindfulness practices. This combination helps us to see upsetting, automatic thoughts as simply moment-to-moment events rather than as solid facts, and allows us to disengage from them and return to the reality of the present moment. We come to recognize our automatic reactions toward situations, people, and things, and this awareness gives us more choice as to how we might respond to them. In this way, we are changing how we relate to thoughts and situations, which, in turn, decreases our depression and anxiety.

This skills-building course is designed for individuals who have suffered from recurring depression and anxiety. Classes include guided mindfulness practices, gentle movement, in-class exercises, and discussion. Read More

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Mindful Self-Compassion 

Teacher: Natalie Bell, PT, CMF 

Wednesdays, October 18 – December 13 from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. Half Day Retreat on November 5.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Kristin Neff, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion and the author of Self-Compassion: The Power of Being Kind to Yourself and Leave Insecurity Behind; and Christopher Germer, a clinical psychologist who specializes in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy and the author of many books including A Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

The 8-week course consists of eight weekly, 2 1/2 – hour sessions, along with a ½ day retreat. Each weekly class offers a lively blend of instruction, group discussion, meditation practice and class exercises – all in a supportive and nourishing environment. Participants will learn “home” self-compassion practices that they can easily incorporate into their daily life and that serve as valuable interventions for moments of challenge and distress. Read More

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Mindfulness for Families with Children (6-12 years)  

Teachers: Ashley Graber, MA, LMFT and Laurie Cousins, BA

Coming Soon!

Today’s families are facing unprecedented pressures from the demands of professional careers, high expectations in education, hours of homework, extracurricular activities, living in a congested city and dealing with lots of traffic! Unfortunately, overwhelm and stress is becoming the new normal.

This 4-week introduction to Mindfulness class is designed for all types of families with children ages 6-12, who are seeking practical skills and tools to reduce their stress and create a calmer, happier and more connected home.

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Mindfulness for ADHD 

Teacher: Jason Thomas, LEP 

Coming Soon!

An exciting area of research is showing that mindfulness practice is an effective intervention for the treatment of ADHD and executive functioning challenges. This 6-week mindfulness course, based on the work of Mark Bertin, MD, is designed to teach adults with ADHD and adult caregivers of children with ADHD (parents, teachers, etc.) practical skills to cultivate more calm, reduce stress, and thrive in their lives.

Each participant will be supported in a warm and non-judgmental learning environment. The classes consist of experiential mindfulness practices, class discussions about ADHD specific topics, and an exploration of how mindfulness can help with ADHD care. This will also include exercises participants can implement at home to support what they are learning in each class. Whether you are an adult living with ADHD or a caregiver of someone with ADHD, you will learn valuable skills that will help you live a life of more ease, connection, and intention.

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