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Contemplative Psychotherapy

Develop greater self-awareness and a more compassionate attitude toward yourself and others.

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What is Contemplative Psychotherapy?

If you’ve been feeling emotionally overwhelmed and it’s affecting your sleep, work, or relationships, it may be time to reach out for some additional support from an experienced therapist.

We specialize in contemplative psychotherapy, an approach that integrates reflective psychotherapy techniques with contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises within each therapy session.

Contemplative psychotherapy is a powerful approach to mental and emotional well-being, particularly if you are interested in developing greater self-awareness and a more compassionate attitude toward yourself and others.

Our Approach

Our approach focuses on helping you develop healthier ways of coping with stress by learning how to work with your emotions and calm the mind so you can get out of the spiral of overthinking and second-guessing yourself with the help of a supportive guide.

Working with us, you will learn to:

  • Overcome worrying and anxious thoughts
  • Renew your self-confidence
  • Restore your mental clarity
  • Feel more fulfilled in all areas of your life

Maybe you’re thinking, but I’m just stressed and should be able to figure this out, I don’t know if I need therapy…

If you find yourself constantly worrying and struggling to cope with stress or anxiety, you’re not alone. Millions of people worldwide suffer from stress and anxiety every day.

Stress can be caused by various factors such as work, relationships, finances, or health issues and because it is initiated by a situation or circumstances, it generally passes when a situation is over or shortly thereafter.

Anxiety on the other hand, is not necessarily related to a specific situation or event. Sometimes what starts as stress in response to a particular situation, if not managed, can spread beyond the original stressor and turn into a persistent feeling of worry or anxiety that interferes with your plans and can lead to additional health problems.

Effects on the body and mind include physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, and fatigue, and psychological symptoms such as excessive worry, difficulty concentrating, and feelings of apprehension or dread.

However, it is possible to manage stress and anxiety effectively with the right strategies and techniques.

Potential Benefits of Contemplative Psychotherapy

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Improved relationships
  • Increased emotional regulation
  • Increased sense of meaning and purpose
  • Increased resilience


How can contemplative practices improve mental health?

Research on the health benefits of meditation, yoga, and other mind-body practices continues to increase.

The evidence demonstrates that for many people, these practices can be more effective than traditional mental health interventions, particularly when tailored to your needs in a comprehensive framework of mental well-being.

At the Contemplative Practice Lab, we take a holistic approach to health and wellness because traditional talk therapy is often insufficient for the people we work with.

Incorporating contemplative practices into treatment sessions creates an opportunity to learn how to calm the mind, release tension in the body, and ultimately transform your mental health.

Moreover, contemplative practices can be easily added to your daily routine to help you decrease stress and anxiety and increase overall well-being and happiness.

Why Work With Michelle?

At Contemplative Practice Lab, we believe that healthcare should do more than attempt to cure illness or disorders. We’re committed to helping you optimize well-being and flourish in daily life! Michelle’s expertise in the use of contemplative practices for improving overall well-being guides all of our programming. Steeped in the scientific study of contemplative research and having conducted ethnographic research on contemplative practices in Himalayan regions, Michelle’s cutting-edge process takes the guess work out of helping clients transform their minds and relieve mental health challenges using holistic, powerful approaches.

A Holistic Approach to Wellness

Our holistic approach begins by identifying what areas of your life feel out of balance so we can create a personalized plan to help you cultivate emotional wellness in daily life. Taking an individualized approach to address your particular needs, we’ll incorporate various evidence-based tools, including meditation and mind-body practices, cognitive-behavioral and acceptance techniques to work with thought patterns and limiting beliefs, interpersonal skills, and lifestyle interventions to bring more ease and balance to daily living.

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