Patrice A. Alvarado, Ph.D. - Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Mindfulness for Therapists: Part I and Part II (Dates and Times TBA)

Experience, practice, and learn Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy by participating in these MBCT classes geared for clinicians. These experiential workshop programs comprise the first and second halves of the eight-week MBCT program developed by Teasdale, Williams, Segal and others to treat depression and anxiety. In these 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.

For an email flyer about the previously held Part I program click here.

***These programs are approved for 10 Continuing Education Credits. These CE credits are provided by Commonwealth Education Seminars, for the following professions: Social Workers (ASWB), Psychologists (APA), and Marriage & Family Therapists. (see below) 

Call 571-248-2145 for more information.

More about 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.

Professional Seminars:
In addition to individual and family psychotherapy services, I conduct seminars and trainings for mental health professionals on a variety of topics, including: 
  • The integration of mindfulness into psychotherapy - mindfulness-based psychotherapies
  • Cultural competence, awareness, and sensitivity for mental health practitioners and supervisors
  • Clinical supervision
I also offer individual psychotherapy supervision to psychologists and other mental health practitioners. 

Recent Professional Presentations:
Alvarado, P. (2017). Integrating Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) into Psychotherapy. Continuing Education Program. American School for Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Northern Virginia.

Alvarado, P. (2015). Integrating Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) into Psychotherapy. Continuing Education Program. Aspire Counseling Center, Gaithersburg, MD.

Alvarado, P. (2013). Cultural Competence: How is it related to empathy and how do we integrate it into our work with clients? Continuing Education Program, Springfield Hospital Center, MD.
Alvarado, P. (2013). Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Continuing Education Program, Spring Grove Hospital Center, MD.
Alvarado, P. (2012). Integrating multicultural awareness in supervision: Creating a mindful space. Continuing Education program, Springfield Hospital Center, MD.
Alvarado, P. (2012). Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Continuing Education Program, Springfield Hospital Center, MD.
Alvarado, P. (2012). Enhancing multicultural sensitivity and empathy in students and supervisors, via mindfulness. CE presentation. Society for the Exploration of  Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). 28 Annual Conference. Evanston, Illinois.   
Part of a panel of papers presentation on: Mindfulness integration research: Issues and implications for clinical training. (Alvarado, P., Sexton, J., Shearin, E., Pancholi, N., and Sheehan, B.)

*** Continuing Education credit (for MBCT for Therapists: Part I) 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. 
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