Our goal is to help you decrease anxiety, irritability, anger, depression, and fear as well as constant “spinning” thoughts. The coping skills we teach are specifically designed to calm your body and rewire your brain so you feel more peace and joy. These practical, easy-to-use tools for your toolbox will help you with all of life’s stressors. Now, doesn’t that sound wonderful?!
Our providers work from a mindfulness-based perspective. We operate from an open-minded, non-judgmental frame of mind. Thanks to mindfulness, we are also very observant and aware of things during sessions that often get overlooked. For instance, our non-verbal communication is 70-90% of what we communicate. This means that our tone of voice, volume of voice, facial expressions, body posture, and hand movements communicate much more than our actual words. When we are paying attention to our own non-verbal communication, we are better able to observe how we are feeling and slow ourselves down just enough to choose how we want to respond in any given interaction versus reacting without awareness we feel much more in control and empowered.
Our providers have a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and are Marriage and Family Therapists. The discipline of marriage and family therapy operates from a systemic perspective that sees the interrelatedness of all aspects of a person’s life (the systems in which you belong) – culture, family of origin, education, career, etc. When life is looked at from this holistic perspective, it is hard to pathologize a person, but rather begin to see patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are no longer working and seek new beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that will likely remedy the situation.
Life transitions are everywhere. Whether you’re dealing with the ending of a relationship, getting back into the workforce, moving, a child leaving for college, retirement, or the changing of your relationship after having kids, life has continual stressors. How we perceive and view these stressors matters more than whether or not they happen.
Working together, here’s what we can accomplish:
Communicate and CONNECT effectively
Understand and manage your feelings and emotions as they happen
Set appropriate boundaries with ease
Stop overthinking things
Stop wasting energy on things you can’t control
Experience more JOY, LOVE, and PEACE on a daily basis
Megan Bayles Bartley, MAMFT, LMFT
Entrepreneurs & Business Executives
Life Optimization – Leveling Up
Mindful Business Development
Anxiety & Depression
Family and Couples Relationships
Adoption / Infertility
Military / First Responders
Elizabeth McCormack, MDIV, MAMFT, LMFT
Parenting & Family Harmony
Children & Teens
Couples & Family Relationships
We provide therapy in Lexington and through telehealth to help Keep Kentucky MindfulTM!
Mindfulness is about Awakening the Auto-Pilot. We often go through our lives on auto-pilot, running from one thing to the next not really being conscious of how we are feeling, where our thoughts are, and whether or not we really need to be doing all we’re doing. Oftentimes this leaves us exhausted because we may be overdoing it – over-thinking things we really don’t need to be thinking about (or thinking so much about it) and doing things we might really not need to do.
Mindfulness is becoming aware of the present moment. The awareness of the present moment connects your “monkey mind” or “spinning thoughts” to your body and your experience in each moment. This awareness allows you to be aware of and to choose how you want to think, feel, and act in that moment.
Mindfulness allows you to be aware of where you expend your energy (and choose where you want your energy to go!) instead of mindlessly being on auto-pilot and feeling exhausted.
Mindfulness is true empowerment.