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Joanna Cortes-Agnello, LMHC © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

As a  therapist, I believe it is crucial to have a moment-to-moment awareness as a therapeutic mechanism that transcends diagnosis, addresses underlying causes of suffering, and serves as an active ingredient in most psychotherapies. The clinical value of mindfulness techniques has been demonstrated for various mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, insomnia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

As an eclectic therapist who utilizes psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and EMDR therapeutic approaches, mindfulness is tailored to meet each of my clients' unique needs. 

Mindfulness can enhance our emotional well-being, helping us develop beneficial qualities such as acceptance, attention, compassion presence and a deeper connection with our mind and body.  

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose in the present moment and non judgmentally to things as they are.  This means paying attention to things as they really are in any given moment not what we want them to be.  

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear” - Ram Doss

“Awareness at the present moment, with acceptance” - Chris Germer

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With Our thoughts we make the world." - Kornfield

"The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment."  - Jon Kabat-Zinn

“When we suffer, caring for ourselves as we would care for someone we truly love.  Self-compassion includes self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindfulness." - Kristin Neff

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