Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCBT)

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What Is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCBT)?

Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy in New York City offers MBCBT to help people who may be experiencing recurring issues with depression or anxiety or who may be struggling with general feelings of sadness. This form of therapy combines mindfulness techniques such as meditation, body scans, etc., with proven strategies found in cognitive behavioral therapy. Ultimately, we aim to help clients lessen the effects of depression or anxiety and achieve a greater sense of wellbeing.

MBCBT has two key components: mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. First, the mindfulness portion allows you to observe and identify your emotions and feelings in the moment. Then, using cognitive behavioral therapy, our therapists guide you using specific tools and strategies to identify the negative thoughts and emotions and to replace them with more positive ones.

At Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy, we use mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients reduce depression, anxiety, stress, etc., and begin to live the lives they dream of.

If negative thoughts and emotions are not fully processed they can often return when other triggers (emotional, physical, social, cultural, etc.) can bring them back to the surface. This trauma, if left unresolved and unprocessed, becomes circular — a repetitive pattern throughout our lives. MBCBT with Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy can help.

MBCBT can help by interrupting the patterns of negative thinking and replacing those patterns with more positive thoughts, strategies, and responses.

We help clients develop the ability to see their thoughts and moods and emotions as separate from themselves. This is key. By learning to see yourself as separate from your thoughts and emotions, you become somewhat of a neutral observer. By observing these thoughts, feelings, and emotions as they occur, we can see them objectively and zero in more clearly on what they mean, where they originated from, and most importantly, what to do next. This process allows clients to experience these so-called negative emotions, thoughts, and feelings and come up with a plan for response, rather than be overcome by them.

A key component of MBCBT is that there is no judgment. At Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy, we offer a welcoming, judgment-free environment where clients can be free to express thoughts and feelings. Our aim is to help clients become mindful, or more aware, of their thoughts feelings and emotions as they occur or as they come up during a therapy session. And then to channel that awareness into observation. By creating more space between the moment a negative or troubling thought, feeling or emotion occurs and any default reaction that follow, we allow room for non-judgmental observation.

MBCBT is rooted in traditional cognitive behavioral therapy; however, it expands upon cognitive behavioral therapy with the addition of mindfulness techniques and mindfulness based stress reduction.

Our team of highly trained clinicians will work with clients to understand their reason for entering into therapy and they will take a deep dive into the client’s personal history to better understand the role trauma may have played. This trauma-informed lens through which we approach our work lays a solid foundation for every therapy session.

Depending on the client’s needs and objectives for entering into therapy, as well as the therapist’s professional assessment, we may engage in several different mindfulness techniques.

One technique is mini-meditations. One of our therapists may guide you through a mini-mediation while sitting in your chair. The objective is to help quiet the mind and simply observe what thoughts, feelings, or emotions emerge. Even if you’ve never meditated before, one of our professional therapists from Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy can guide you through this mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy.

Another proven technique is to what’s called a body scan exercise. This technique, by its very nature, directs the client’s focus to the present moment while zeroing in on different sections or areas of the body. With the guidance of a therapist, scanning the body can identify areas of stress or pain or tightness which the client may not have even realized. The goal here is to quiet the mind, listen to the signals the body is giving, and strengthen the ability to focus attention on the present moment.

Yet another technique is the use of yoga. Yoga is a very natural fit in MBCBT. It includes specific breathing techniques as well as various stretches and poses to invite a deeper connection to the body and to strengthen the focus of the mind on the present. Many of our therapists at Kathryn Groom & Associates Psychotherapy are regular practitioners of yoga and they often incorporate various yoga techniques into their practice. By incorporating some basic stretches and gentle postures, they can help clients bring their focus to their bodies and their minds.

Focusing on the present moment helps clients move the focus away from the external and back to the present moment.

The professional team of clinicians at Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy uses MBCBT to help people cope with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, negative thoughts or emotions associated with past or current trauma, and more.

We’re Here To Help

If you’re looking for help to reduce depression, anxiety, stress, trauma-related thoughts and behaviors, as well as general sadness, the team of therapists at Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy can help. We are here to offer a safe place to land and a safe place to process past traumas in ways that are healthy and sustainable. We help clients better understand their emotions and feelings, particularly those prompted by past trauma or stress. Once clients reach this understanding, we then help them adopt and adapt positive responses and coping skills to help them achieve happiness and a greater sense of wellbeing.

Our goal always is to provide steady and professional strategies to serve every client.


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Payment can be cash, check or credit card. (Please note: there is a surcharge of $2.50 per invoice.) Payment is expected at the time of each session. We are an out-of-network provider with all insurance companies. On a monthly basis we will be happy to provide receipts and/or completed insurance forms for you to submit for out of network reimbursement.
We request that you provide no less than 3 days (72 hours) notification to cancel appointments. We will make every effort to reschedule cancelled sessions within the same week, at no additional fee. If you cancel within the 72 hour period, and we are not able to reschedule within that time frame, you will be responsible for paying the full amount of our session. Note: this cannot be submitted to insurance for reimbursement.

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