Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction/Mindful Approach to Living

We are rooted in mindfulness practice at Wholeness Healing Center.  We have many different programs that you can attend to learn this practice as well as learning it in individual therapy. Check out our programs.  We have our MBSR Course, Mindful Approach to Living Course for adults which is offered several times a year.  We also have ongoing Mindfulness groups for children and adolescents.  Also offered is Dialectical Behavior therapy groups for men, women and adolescents.

Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose to what is going on in this moment in a nonjudging, compassionate way.  Learning and practicing how to be mindful is life changing. Developing the practice of nonjudgmental awareness of one’s thoughts and emotions increases the ability to confront and cope with difficult emotions and experiences and handle those moments with choices of responding rather than reacting. Life still happens with its ebb and flow but through mindfulness practice one can learn to maintain a quiet sense of groundedness in the midst of it all.  As we develop mindfulness practice we may find ourselves aware of being uncomfortable, whether it is from a situation, an emotion or chronic pain and also find ourselves being able to lean into the uncomfortableness with a new sense of empowerment to handle life.

Mindful Approach to Living Course (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction- MBSR)

The Mindful Approach to Living is a MBSR course. MBSR is a program where you learn how to cultivate awareness and reduce stress and suffering in your life. Through learning and practicing mindfulness you develop the capacity to be awake and present during your moments and manage your stress, pain, illness and your life. Mindfulness is being present in your moment by “paying attention on purpose while cultivating an attitude of non-judgmental acceptance”. The focus is on learning how to be mindful by becoming aware of thoughts, feelings, your body, habitual patterns and responding rather than reacting in your life. Initially, Jon Kabat Zinn developed this program for people with chronic pain. It is now taught worldwide for all populations wanting to manage their life in a more effective, responsive way. It is through the practice and cultivation of mindfulness that you learn how to lean into being uncomfortable in the moment and how to manage that uncomfortableness. This ultimately teaches you how to manage life during times of pain, suffering and/or stress.

The central focus of the program is intensive training in formal and informal mindfulness practice and its integration into everyday life. Mindfulness is taught through embodiment of the experience and practice.

Janie Pfeifer Watson has been trained and certified in MBSR through the Center for Mindfulness in UMASS. All of our therapists teaching mindfulness have been through the eight-week course of learning how to implement formal practice into her life.

Adults - Mindful Approach to Living (GI)

January 30, 2023 to February 27, 2023,  5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. THIS IS AN ONLINE/LIVE CLASS.

In this course, participants will be engaged in mindfulness practices that will begin to develop and cultivate a habit of mindfulness (formal and informal) practices.

Participants will learn to cultivate non-judgmental awareness in the present moments and develop a holistic approach to living in a stress-filled world.  This class is set up to help you develop and implement mindfulness into your daily life through practice.

  • Five classes (1.75 hr)
  • A half-day home retreat on a weekend day
  • Instruction in formal and informal mindfulness practice
  • Personalized guidance, peer support, and group process
  • Daily home practice assignments
  • Home practice materials
  • A workbook and audio files
  • Tuition is $350.  Early bird registration before January 16, 2023, is $300.00 if registered and paid.
Teens and Children’s Groups – Mindful Approach to Living (GI)

Currently there are no groups for this population being offered.  Please call our office to inquire


This course is based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  In this 9-week course participants will learn a specific way of paying attention to the breath, body, thoughts, feelings and the world around them.  Through this practice, participants will learn that they can choose what they want to say and how to act (responding versus reacting).  They can learn how to focus their attention, improve their schoolwork and test taking, improve athletic performances, increase creativity, and better their relationships.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group

DBT is a comprehensive cognitive behavioral treatment that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment.  This treatment focuses on problem solving and acceptance-based strategies within a framework of dialectical methods. DBT works within four modalities of skill development – distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

DBT is applicable and effective for people living with a range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, addictions, bi-polar and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Practicing mindfulness alone helps people with or without mental health conditions.  It helps to improve well-being, attention to the present moment, and increase positive emotional experiences while decreasing negative emotions and distress.

Women's DBT Group
  • Mondays 10:00 – 11:30
  • In-Person
  • Starting January 9, 2023
  • This is an open-ended group, so you can join at any time.
The Mindful Living Children's group (offered in Broken Bow)

This group is not being offered at this time.


60 minutes through a contract with the Super Kids Club After School and Summer Program. This group is an 8-12-week program (depending upon the time of year). This mindfulness group is for students going into 3rd through 5th grades. The group is free to participants. Students participating in this group learn valuable life lessons regarding relationships, self-esteem, personal perception and viewing things from other’s perspective, emotional regulation, dealing with bullying and unfair life situations as well as language development, art, social skills, science and brain development and education on how the brain works and operates on a daily basis as well as under stress and high emotion. Students will learn to ground themselves, improve memory and focus as well as enhance their inner being and core strength.  Call the office at 308-382-5297 Ext 110 to register.

Men’s DBT Group
  • No groups are being offered at this time.  Please call to put your name on a list if you are interested in this group.
Adolescent DBT Group

Adolescent DBT Life Skill group starting January 10, 2023, from 4:30 – 6:00.  This is done on zoom and will be a free group with a Counseling intern facilitating the group.  Call our office at 308.382.5297 to register for this group.

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