Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart

M.A. Licensed Psychologist

I started out in the 1970s, training in family systems therapy with pioneers Virginia Satir and Carl Whitaker. I can’t believe how time has flown–by now, I’ve been a psychotherapist, retreat leader, and meditation teacher for more than 35 years.

Those years have given me a wealth of experience (and hopefully wisdom) about working with people. My clients are primarily adult children from alcoholic families and people in recovery from addictions, typically suffering from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, or relationship issues. During the past decade, I’ve integrated this first love of mine—seeing how we learned to be who we are in the context of our growing up—with a second love: mindfulness practice. Both approaches give us deeper understanding and compassion for ourselves, always a prelude to lasting change.

The practice of mindfulness meditation has made a huge difference in my own life and offers great benefit to my clients. I worked on corporate projects with the esteemed Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, and learned from him the effects of meditation on the workings of the brain. Fascinating stuff! And, convincing in its efficacy to help our health and emotional wellbeing. I now incorporate mindfulness into my approach to psychotherapy.

I’ve found that mindfulness, with its emphasis on dis-identifying with our mental narratives combined with living in the present moment, is immensely helpful to people. I’ve seen first hand how mindfulness affects the brain for the better, how it helps relapse prevention for people in recovery from addictions and co-dependency, and how it develops a kinder voice toward ourselves and others. A client asked me the other day, “Why do you do this work?” I said, “Because I believe in it.” And, I do.

You don’t need to suffer with old patterns that prevent your happiness. I am happy to work with you if you are willing to do deep, meaningful work to awaken your true self and be present in your life.

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