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Mindfulness-Centered CBT: Daily Practices for Managing Stress and Anxiety

Seth Gillihan, PhD
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Jun 04, 2020
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More and more people are seeking effective ways to reduce anxiety and manage overwhelming stress. The Think Act Be approach to mindfulness-centred cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) offers three research-proven ways to cope with these challenges:  

  • Mindful presence (Be) grounds our awareness in the here-and-now and helps us open to reality just as it is, which provides a firm foundation for cognitive and behavioural practices.  
  • Cognitive (Think) techniques allow us to identify and challenge unhelpful thought patterns. 
  • Behavioural (Act) practices help us plan actions that move us toward our valued goals. These approaches are mutually reinforcing, with practice in one area supporting growth in the others.  

This session will begin with a brief overview of the Think Act Be approach and the research to support its effectiveness. It will then describe a method of integrating mindfulness-centred CBT practices into one’s daily routine, from the first moments after awakening until going to bed at night. These straightforward and practical exercises can help to keep stress and anxiety within a manageable range while increasing self-efficacy to handle challenging emotional states.


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Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and creator of the Think Act Be online school. He specializes in evidence-based mindful CBT for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, stress, and insomnia. Seth is a certified therapist and supervisor in Prolonged Exposure therapy for PTSD and a Fellow of the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He served on the faculty of the world-renowned Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety as well as the department of psychiatry, and he also taught full time in the psychology department at Haverford College.

Seth is also best-selling author of several books, including Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Simple Path to Healing, Hope, and Peace (forthcoming); The CBT Deck; The CBT Deck for Anxiety, Rumination, & Worry; The CBT Deck for Kids & Teens (co-author); The CBT Flip Chart; A Mindful Year (co-author). Seth has also co-authored over 40 book chapters and peer-reviewed research articles, and he has presented his research nationally and internationally.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Seth Gillihan maintains a private practice and is a consultant with Bloom Self-Therapy app, Waking Up app, and Everyday Health. He is the host of Think Act Be podcast and receives royalties as a published author. Seth Gillihan receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Seth Gillihan is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the International OCD Foundation.


  1. Appraise the effectiveness of mindfulness-centred CBT for anxiety reduction and stress management.
  2. Apply specific mindfulness-centred CBT interventions for management of stress and reduction of anxiety in clients.
  3.  Utilize mindfulness-centred CBT interventions as a means for helping clients increase their sense of self-efficacy.


The Think Act Be Approach to Managing Anxiety 
  • An overview of the model 
    • Mindful presence (Be) 
    • Cognitive techniques (Think) 
    • Behavioural practices (Act) 
  • Empirical support for the approach 
Think Act Be in Action:  Mindfulness-Centred CBT Interventions 
  • Specific strategies to implement throughout one’s day 
  • Increasing self-efficacy to handle challenging emotional states

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists

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