~ Mary has been so patient, kind and inspirational. She has such a passion for her work and has helped me understand so much in a short period of time. I hope everyone would be able to take this time for themselves, because it is so enriching.
~ Mary is a great guide, kind, loving, insightful and real.
~ Thank you Mary, you have given my husband and me a lifetime lesson and gift for our marriage and communication.
About the MBCT course
~ This course has been such a pleasant surprise. I came with no expectations and learned so much about myself and the mind. Although it isn’t necessarily an easy course, because it forced me to look deeply into my thoughts, it has given me a sense of freedom I never imagined possible. I’ve learned to accept all feelings in order to let them pass instead of allowing self-hate to take over.
~ As someone who has had life-long clinical depression, with a major episode three years ago, this was invaluable. I am extremely motivated to not have a relapse, and so to be given a program and tools that specifically address that has been very useful. I found your teaching style to be clear, accessible, and especially compassionate, allowing me to have deeper compassion for myself (not a depressive’s strong suit). This program has also helped me to start building stronger internal abilities to challenge the inner (mostly negative) voices and not be so affected by them, and not believe them so readily. Thanks a ton, Mary!
~ I no longer have to rely on drugs or other coping mechanism to make me feel numb, but relying on mindfulness and being more able to face my fears and diffuse them in the most constructive matter possible.
~ This course has been a wonderful way for me to develop a real and strong sense of comfort and home-ness in my body. This is work, but it is well-worth-it work.
~ The practice itself is extraordinary. I’ve learned some amazing tools – the three minute breathing space being the most important – that have helped me in times of crisis. Even now, as I write this, I’m aware that there’s a sweet contentment resting in my body where, just under 30 minutes ago, I felt like I was starting to sink in the mire. I liked the group format and the openness and candidness with which everybody, including Mary, shared. I’m especially grateful for having a safe space to have shared, especially during the time I broke down and cried. That was a pinnacle moment. I could’ve hid away in shame, tried to suck it in, or hold in back. But instead, I sat with it and felt safe and supported here. I’m beginning to learn how to do that now even when I’m by myself. Thank you.
~ The class breaks down the practices to manageable size. It fosters a non-judgmental attitude toward the self and others and makes it easier to rest comfortably during episodes of illness or distress of other kinds, to regain strength and calm confidence.
~ I came into this program hoping to find tools to help me not to relapse into depression. At first I had some reservations in regard to meditation, asking myself: How could this possibly help me? Well, today I leave this group a different person. I’ve not been depressed for about 3-4 months. This is the longest time without depression that I can remember in my adult life. I have what I need; it’s up to me to use the tools. I try to keep it simple, and it works. I’m living in the present now, not the past. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
~ I took the MBCT workshop myself and have since recommended it to clients who have taken it. The structure of the program, the homework and the discussions give the client tools that help them navigate difficult feelings. I work with mindfulness in my sessions, but individual therapy sessions need to involve many different things, so it can be difficult to really have them practice mindfulness and integrate it. Because the focus of each class and homework is the practice of mindfulness, the learning is experiential and so the integration is faster. Over the eight-week period, they are able to assimilate many of the new skills into their nervous systems.
It also seems to me that the work in the group (seeing others’ pain) helps the client acknowledge and be present with their own suffering and speeds up the process of self-acceptance. While having a therapist telling them to be gentle with themselves is very helpful, it is even more powerful to see classmates with similar feelings bringing them to light and working through them.
I would also like to add that I have even referred very sensitive clients to Mary, because I trust her gentle and steady hold. I know she will help me create an environment in which they can learn to feel safe, develop non-judgmental awareness, and increase their capacity to acknowledge what is going on with them.
Because of its benefit to my clients and our work together, I will continue to refer clients to the MBCT program.
Ashley Walker, www.EastVillageHolisticTherapies.com
~ As an MFT clinician in training I received the great privilege of taking this course through my practice, and gained so much, both personally and professionally. I not only was able to add tools to my own therapeutic skill set, but was able to find deeper healing in my own personal journey.
Mary creates an almost instant container of safety for the group, no matter where they are in the journey of healing. Mary not only clearly and skillfully teaches the concepts of MBCT, she embodies its kind and gentle nature. It is evident that Mary puts her heart and soul into her work, and truly loves what she does. It was amazing to witness the transformation of myself and some of the group members in a very short period of time. Mary provides concrete, easy to learn, and adaptable tools for managing the uncomfortable emotions that life can sometimes bring. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is suffering from depression, anxiety, or just the challenges presented by life itself!
Allison Lefkowitz, LMFT, www.MidtownMFT.com