FAQs - Portland Mindfulness Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mindfulness ?Mindfulness is the ability to be present, to be fully engaged with whatever is happening right now. It is a skill that involves paying attention to each experience in a non-judgmental, non-reactive, and gentle way. Doing so allows one to “keep doing what works, and stop doing what doesn’t work” in order to live a full and vibrant life.

Do you accept insurance?
We accept several forms of insurance. We provide detailed receipts to clients who wish to use their insurance on an out-of-network basis. We also accept self-pay and are able to offer a sliding scale fee and low fee psychotherapy for those who qualify. Contact us at 503-222-2361 for more details.

What are your classes like?
Our classes are designed to de-mystify the practices of meditation and mindfulness.Mindfulness is something we all have access to. Our classes are beneficial for beginners and experienced alike to respond with wisdom to the practical realities of life.Mindfulness and meditation practices, many of which have roots in various spiritual traditions, are well-researched and are presented here from a scientific and evidence-based perspective.
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What should I expect to happen in therapy?
In contrast to seeing a medical doctor, where the treatment involves taking medicine, therapy is based on communication. This is why therapy and counseling is sometimes called “talk therapy.” In the context of a supportive relationship with the therapist, you will learn skills to respond differently to stress and to function more effectively.

What kinds of problems does mindfulness-based therapy help with?
Mindfulness-based therapy is helpful for problems with emotions and mood, relationships, stress, chronic pain, grief, life transitions, problem behaviors, and drug abuse.

What evidence is there in support of mindfulness-based therapy?
There have been numerous well-designed clinical studies supporting various forms of mindfulness-based therapy. Click here for links to summaries of these studies.

How do you work with people from diverse backgrounds?
Our therapists and class instructors are experienced and trained to provide sensitive, appropriate, and effective therapy that considers each person’s culture, ethnic background, religious and spiritual beliefs, gender, sexual identity, age, and socioeconomic status, as well as issues of disability, mental or physical illness, or discrimination. We value diversity and believe that all people have the right to be free from discrimination and oppression. We also recognize that we are not “experts” at every existing culture or subgroup, and take time to educate ourselves and learn what we need to in order to serve each client.

We will update this FAQs page from time-to-time, so be aware of changes in the future.