Mindful Psychotherapy Inc.
Helping clients live better and struggle less with painful emotions
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy for Adults
In San Jose, CA and San Diego - as well as telehealth
Mission: Enhance mental health, wellness, and quality of life in a compassionate, client centered manner using therapy approaches that are shown to work.
Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/PTSD, Bipolar
Process Break-ups, Relationship/Couple Problems, Parenting Problems, Family Problems
Weight Issues and Body Image Issues
Alcohol and other Addictions
Academic Challenges and ADHD, Work and Life Challenges
Facilitate Self-Growth and Self-Development, Process Existential Issues, Enhance Self-Image and Self-Esteem
Cope with Chronic Pain and Medical Issues
Minority Issues, Immigrant Issues, Cultural Adjustment : Counselors Fluent in Hindi and Urdu, Spanish, as well as English
Deal with Loss, Grief, and Bereavement Issues
Mindfulness-based approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Also, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Positive Psychology.
What is Mindfulness:
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. From this awareness of the present, comes the ability for effective action. Instead of staying stuck in behaviors that are not working, we can shift to actions that do. This is called psychological flexibility. ACT and CBT both make use of mindfulness and awareness of thoughts to decrease emotional suffering. Motivational Interviewing also makes use of the non-judgmental aspect for increased understanding of the emotional/behavioral/relationship problems.
One of our favorite quotes, is “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional”. We all have pain in our lives because of the inevitable ups and downs of our life situations. We turn pain into suffering by being unwilling to experience pain. We turn to food, work, even alcohol and other substances all because we want to avoid pain.
Mindfulness allows us to experience emotional discomfort with greater poignancy but with less problem. We perceive our pain more acutely but it causes us less trouble.
Mindfulness lets us escape into discomfort instead of escaping from discomfort. We are able to experience the richness of being human and recognize that part of that is uncomfortable – but with mindfulness, the sense of problem and the sense of suffering is diminished.
We help our clients experience their pain mindfully and reduce their suffering.
Try a simple guided mindfulness meditation here.
Research supports the use of mindfulness-based approaches, and non-judgmental awareness to help a lot of problems including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and attention/memory problems. Often these approaches help better than, or at least as much as, medications. Their effects are longer lasting than medications.
Clients improve their well-being for as long as they keep using what they learn from therapy in their lives
Experienced EMDR Therapist
Dr. J (Archana Jajodia) is a certified EMDR therapist with advanced training and extensive experience using EMDR with her clients. EMDR is a research-based short-term therapy approach that works really well for acute stress, anxiety and trauma based conditions (PTSD). EMDR is a wonderful tool to help with trauma and help regulate the emotional brain and reducing amygdala activation.