De-stress and develop your clinical skills at the same time. 
Earn CE Credits. 
Register Now for Class starting June 7.
Four Week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) class for Therapists
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 - 12:00-2:30 
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Patrice A. Alvarado, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Are you interested in learning more about mindfulness? Would you like to integrate mindfulness-based psychotherapy into your work with clients? Would you like to become more mindful and less stressed?


I am happy to tell you about a new workshop series: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Therapists: Part I.

This experiential workshop comprises the first half of the groundbreaking eight-week MBCT program developed by Teasdale, Williams, Segal and others to treat depression and anxiety. In this workshop therapists will fully participate in the MBCT program, which combines cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness meditation practices, with additional time built in to address how therapists can integrate these mindfulness concepts and practices into their work with clients. 

This program is designed to enhance both personal well-being and professional development. It is experiential and involves in-class as well as home practice. If you are interested in this program send me an email letting me know of your interest or register online.

This group will be held on Sundays from 12:00-2:30 at my office suite in Manassas, Virginia, starting on June 7.  The cost for this four week program is $200 ($240 if you wish to receive CE credit). Students and first two year professionals should contact me directly for a student discount.

I hope you can join us for MBCT for Therapists: Part I. **

Warmest regards,
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Experience, practice, and learn  mindfuln ess
by participating in this four session Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group/class geared for therapists

T his program has been approved for 10 Continuing Education credits. *** 


By the end of this four part workshop series you will be able to:
  • Describe the difference between automatic pilot (reactive) modes of mind and non-judgmental awareness (mindful) modes of being.
  • Assist your clients to bring mindful awareness to their thoughts and emotions.
  • Relate to aversive emotional states in a new way, with less avoidance and rumination.
  • Facilitate clients' contact with avoided and difficult experience with non-judgmental mindful awareness.
  • Describe and employ mindfulness practices to increase mindful awareness.
  • Bring mindful awareness into your work with clients.
  • Identify essential concepts and practices of MBCT and explain the theoretical underpinnings of them.
  • Begin to integrate MBCT concepts into your work with clients. 

** Part II will be held in early Fall and will consist of more in-depth learning regarding the integration of mindfulness in psychotherapy, using the second half of the MBCT program. The format for this program will be 10 hours over one (or two) weekend(s).
*** Continuing Education credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions. Attendees completing this program are  awarded 10.0 hours of continuing education credit.
Social Workers:
CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: October 6, 2012 - October 5, 2015. Social Workers should contact their regularity board to determine course approval. 
Social Workers participating in this course will receive 10.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

CES is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for Psychologists. Psychologists completing this program receive 10.0 Continuing Education Hours credit. CES maintains responsibility for this program.

Marriage & Family Therapists: The following Marriage and Family Therapy Boards accept programs offered by NBCC, ASWB, or APA approved providers (of which we are approved): AL, AR, AZ, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, KS, LA, MD, ME, MN, MS, MT, NC, NE, HH, NJ, NM, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, WA, and WI. In addition, we are approved for CA MFTs. Marriage & Family Therapists receive 10.0 CE hours credit for this program.
If you are interested in this program please register by May 1, 2015
Call or email me with any questions. 

More about MBCT
What is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy?

MBCT is a clinically researched therapy approach that teaches a different relationship with one's thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. It involves mindful awareness and self-compassion to reduce distress and promote coping and well-being. MBCT for depression was originally developed by Williams, Segal, and Teasdale, as a group program, based on Jon Kabat Zinn's Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR). Like MBSR, MBCT groups meet for 2 hours each week, for eight weeks. Subsequently several researchers have developed MBCT for anxiety and other sources of distress. All integrate cognitive therapy and CBT with mindfulness-based concepts and practices to bring about changes in thinking, emotion regulation, and overall engagement in life. 

To learn more about MBCT click here. 

Dr. Patrice Alvarado is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Manassas, VA. She works with adults, children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Alvarado also runs MBCT groups for adults and teens with depression and anxiety. She is an adjunct professor (formerly full-time), speaker, and consultant who has been teaching and practicing mindfulness, and the integration of mindfulness into psychotherapy, for more than two decades. To learn more about Dr. Alvarado and her practice click  here.
Center for Well-being
9246-B Mosby St., Manassas, VA 20110

Patrice Alvarado PhD | (571) 248-2145 | | 9246-B Mosby St.
Manassas, VA 20110