Therapy for Adults + Adolescents
Are you needing to speak with someone, but wanting therapy that offers more than just talking? Are you looking for counseling that integrates mindfulness with scientifically validated therapy practices? Do you want a therapy that allows the use of both mind and body? Are you looking for therapy that is able to include your sense of spirituality?
The fast-paced, modern world we live in is not always conducive to being in the moment. We do not always have the time to pay close attention to how we feel, or to be in relationship with a supportive person. From this perspective, doing this kind of therapy is a revolutionary act of self-care. And if you are considering it, I salute you.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness, to put it simply, is paying attention to what is happening now. Neuroscience has brought us strong evidence of the many benefits of mindfulness, which meditators have known for thousands of years. Mindfulness has been shown to be effective in helping treat many psychological issues, making this form of therapy especially helpful for:
Addiction (substances or behaviors)
Spiritual Emergence(y) and/or Problems with Spiritual Practice
How Can Mindfulness-Based Counseling Help?
Using mindfulness in therapy aids in decreasing fear and stress hormones, so you are increasingly able to feel challenging emotions and work with challenging thoughts. In this way, mindfulness-based counseling allows you to get to the root of problems quicker than you might with standard talk therapy.
My counseling combines mindfulness with somatic (body-based) techniques, shown to further calm the nervous system and aid in inner exploration. Paying attention to the body can accelerate the process of finding the core issue driving our symptoms and healing it.
What to Expect
In this form of therapy, the talking normally associated with counseling is occasionally halted when the topic of discussion has brought up difficult emotions or bodily sensations. With my help, you will learn to hold your attention longer and longer on these emotions and sensations to search for their original cause. And what is often found when we attend to these original causes is that they communicate to us exactly what is needed to heal them.
You Don’t Need to be a Meditator
Fortunately, you do not need to have a lengthy history with meditation or yoga to do this type of therapy. It is my job to guide you in this process, and make it as gentle and accessible as possible, no matter your relationship with mindfulness.
Research shows, and I have personally seen, this type of therapy helps people calm their nervous systems, create lasting changes in behavior and feelings, and ultimately come to a greater understanding of themselves.
Chris Cannon, MA, CAS
Chris holds a master's degree in Mindfulness-Based Clinical Counseling and is a Certified Addiction Specialist in Colorado. He is also formally trained in Somatic Experiencing and attachment theory. He enjoys digging for records, hiking, and watching Little Women, over and over.