Mindful Practice Inc.
Mindful Magazine defines mindfulness as, “The basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” Mindfulness helps us to live more in line with our values.
Mindful Practice Inc. specializes in providing mindfulness-based psychotherapy, teaching/coaching in mindfulness practices, and performance coaching.
Whatever it is that stops you from living a full life, we can help. Using a holistic approach to treatment, we focus on embodied mindfulness practices for growth, healing, and wellness. When people are embodied, connected, and balanced in body, mind, heart, and spirit they thrive.
We offer a broad range of mindfulness-based services to help you better cope with difficulties (the challenges of stress, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship disruptions, poor attention and concentration, lack of focus, and chronic pain) in daily life.
But it’s not just stopping the difficult; it’s bringing in the positive. We place emphasis on skills to cultivate positive emotions for a happier, healthier, more peaceful life; more satisfying, connected relationships; and enhanced performance coupled with authentic purpose.
And embodied mindfulness practices improve attention, concentration, and focus. We teach embodied mindfulness practices to help people improve their focus; achieve their goals, both personal and professional; and enhance their performance. Living your best life ultimately means discovering and living consistent with your values (finding your authentic purpose and doing your best).
Individual Therapy or Coaching Sessions $150 hour
Performance Enhancement $150 hour
Embodied mindfulness practices to help people improve their focus; achieve their goals, both personal and professional; and enhance their performance in school and work. We teach enhanced body awareness to help people with authentic expression, believability, and to find comfort in themselves as they prepare, execute, and complete a performance or action in performing arts, public speaking, or life. (Based on the work by Peter Levine, Ph.D.)
Groups (All group programs can be offered individually or as family sessions)
Mindful Practice for Health and Wellbeing $389 per person
Mindful Practice for Health and Wellbeing is an eight-week introductory program for adults interested in learning simple, yet effective mindfulness practices.
Adults will learn basic mindfulness skills that they can apply in real world situations. These skills can be applied to work and family relationships, as well as utilized to improve overall health and wellbeing. Brain imaging studies show that mindfulness results in brain changes that improve attention, mood, relationships, and health.
Family life can be chaotic and messy in our technological and fast-paced world we can become disconnected from ourselves, our families, and our heritage . If we, as parents, aren’t present with our children, they can easily become more connected to their peers or digital devices in negative ways—getting their values from peer culture and social media rather than parents and ancestors. This also happens to parents. This disconnection undermines family wellbeing, and is what modern science calls the main risk factor for our children. Mindful Families is a journey about connection and protection for all ages. When families are mindful together they stay connected, they have a greater sense of wellbeing, and they are happier. Through mindfulness practices, storytelling and improv, personal anecdotes, and nature activities families learn processes to cultivate family joy, family peacemaking, and optimal family rhythm. Throughout the journey there are four cornerstones of connection that are easily lost in modern society. These include connection to each other, ancestors, community, and nature. These cornerstones of connection are integral to happiness and wellbeing, and reawaken healthy instinctual knowledge.
Mindful Families 10-week parent course $485 per person
Ten 2-hour sessions for parents to apply Mindful Family practices to their entire family.
Mindful Families Workshops 10 stand alone workshops $89 per adult/ $50 per child/session
Three-hour mindful family workshops for the whole family. Complements lessons learned in Mindful Families parent course but families can attend with no prior experience.
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (Stressed Teens)
$389 per person
Stressed Teens helps 13-18-year-olds simple, yet effective mindfulness practices. The objective of practicing mindfulness is to develop and strengthen one’s ability to pay attention, to be aware of the consequence of feelings and behavior, to choose better behaviors, and to form better connections. During the 8-week course, teens will use mindfulness practices to intentionally focus their attention on their emotions, behaviors, and experiences. The awareness that arises from these mindfulness practice can lead to better choices, improved relationships, enhanced performance, and wellbeing.
Mindfulness for Kids: ABC’s of MINDFULNESS (Attention Balance Compassion) $389 per person
Mindfulness Practice for Kidsteaches 5-6 and 7-11 year olds simple, yet effective mindfulness practices in an eight week program. Mindful Practice for Kids combines elements from Susan Kaiser Greenland’sInner Kidsand Mindfulness in Schools(based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) programs. Mindfulness in Schools life skills include feeling happier, calmer, and more fulfilled; getting along better with others; improving concentration and learning; better coping with stress and anxiety; and performing better in performing arts and sports.
BEAT THE ODDS $369 per person
Programs for Kidsteaches 8-12 and 13-17 year olds; and stand-alone for families.
Social and emotional skill building for kids delivered in a framework of drumming.
UCLA researchers have shown that Beat the Odds can significantly reduce behavior problems in children such as inattention, withdrawal/depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, attention, oppositional behavior, and sluggishness.
Beat the Odds integrates activities from contemporary drum circles and group counseling to teach skills such as focusing and listening, team building, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy, and gratitude. It is inclusive, culturally relevant, and does not bear the stigma of therapy. Active music making engages large areas of the brain, which crowds out stress, grief, and pain. It also keeps us in the present moment. (Tramo, 2001) Rhythmic synchrony (a form of empathy) stimulates a reward center of the brain and leads to positive behavior. (Kokal, Engle, Kirschner, & Keysers, 2011). Drumming offers a non-verbal means of self-expression and engagement that can be useful in addressing trauma. (van der Kolk, 2014).
Storytelling Cultural Strengthening Program
40 week program, which can be delivered in individual stand alone topic sessions with Luke Madrigal and Dr. Renda Dionne Madrigal.
1) Know Who You Are (MIND) (Vision and Intention, Understand impact of historical trauma, oppression, and current colonization, Strength in Indigenous Knowledge, Connection with self, Bird singing.)
2) Connection and Community (HEART) (Decolonizing-lateral oppression, Connection to self, family, tribe, Connection to other, Storytelling, Mask Making.)
3) Native Leadership: Be Who You Are (SPIRIT) (History of the people, Genealogy, Reclaiming Real Power, Being Substance Free, Giveaway, Connection to larger universe-ancestors)
ABOUT THE COURSE INSTRUCTOR Renda Dionne Madrigal, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, Certified with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, Certified in Stressed Teens; trained in the Inner Kids and Mindfulness in Schools .b programs; the UCLA Beat the Odds program, and with Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing. She is the president of Mindful Practice Incorporated, was featured on the cover of the February 2018 edition of Mindful Magazine. Dr. Dionne has been a Psychologist for over twenty years. She combines mindfulness, somatic (body-based) therapies, and storytelling in her work.