Mindful Heart Counseling Center

Therapy for Adults & Couples


641 Higuera Street #202

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401


  Services also available ONLINE

(805) 835-1222 (call or text)

                                                                                                                                                         


How does it work?


Through tools such as self-exploration, inquiry, reflection, mindfulness and meditation, we will uncover the cause of suffering and unveil the apparent barriers to happiness and peace.  In doing so, symptoms of depression, anxiety and relationship distress often naturally dissipate. You may also discover that beneath the experience of unhappiness and discontent,  you are inherently well-and at ease.

  • Are you feeling unhappy, sad, or discontent?
  • Is your level of stress and anxiety overwhelming you and interfering with your quality of life?
  • Are you feeling distressed or unsatisfied with your personal or romantic relationships?
  • Do you find yourself seeking a deeper, more meaningful experience of life?

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leading teacher and researcher in the field of Mindfulness,  mindfulness is  paying attention to the present moment without judgement.

Essentially, mindfulness is a practice that helps us develop awareness of our internal world of thoughts, feelings and sensations and teaches us how to observe these with openness. This is a subtle, but powerful awareness and helps us to create space between thought-impulse and reaction.

You don't have to live a life of suffering.....

 Mindfulness Based Therapy

can help

This video offers a brief introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leading teacher and researcher in the field of Mindfulness,  mindfulness is  paying attention to the present moment without judgement.

Essentially, mindfulness is a practice that helps us develop awareness of our internal world of thoughts, feelings and sensations and teaches us how to observe these with openness. This is a subtle, but powerful awareness and helps us to create space between thought-impulse and reaction.

Mindfulness based therapies often teach meditation as a basic skill for cultivating compassion within yourself and to learn to move through life’s challenges and transitions with grace and ease.

Individual Adult Therapy


Mindfulness gives us the option to push the pause button (rather than the reactivity button) and respond from a place of calm and clarity.

To schedule a counseling appointment,  call or text

Denan Burke, LMFT#43415
(805) 835-1222

or email

MindfulHeartCounseling@gmail.com


Office Location:

641 Higuera Street #202

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401



Mindful Heart Counseling Center serves the online community, as well as communities in Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Avila beach, Baywood park, Buellton, Cambria, Camp Roberts, Cayucos, Creston, Grover reach, Guadalupe, Harmony, Lompoc, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Oceano, Orcutt, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, San Miguel, San Simeon, Santa Margarita, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Shell Beach, Solvang and Templeton.  Services offered by Denan Burke, LMFT, include marriage counseling, relationship therapy, couples counseling, premarital counseling, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), counseling for affairs and cheating, as well as help with dating, love and communication, Individual counseling for anxiety, stress, depression and relationship difficulties, mindfulness skills, meditation, expressive art therapy and other services based upon your needs.

What is Mindfulness Based Therapy?

A mindfulness based approach to therapy effectively redirects one's focus away from fearful or anxious thinking towards a natural acceptance of the present moment Through learning and practicing highly effective skills, cultivating this type of awareness of the present moment allows you to observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance rather than feeling pulled into a reactive or habitual response. This provides the space and clarity to truly delve in, explore and resolve current issues and distress. 

There are many Benefits of mindful meditation including:

Less stress

Improved mood

Increased self-awareness

Strengthened immune system

Reduced anxiety

Improved pain management

Better sleep

And an overall sense of well-being and contentment



Clients who have integrated mindfulness into their daily lives often report feeling a great decrease in worry, anxiety, stress and negative thinking and increased openness,  lightness, contentment and joy.   The capacity to calm the mind and accept whatever life hands over, can be profoundly life-changing.

Many clients find that a mindfulness approach is also very helpful in exploring questions regarding individual purpose, the deeper meaning of existence and their own spirituality.   All spiritual paths (including no spiritual path) are welcome. 

Mindfulness based therapy can be helpful for:


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Worries regarding career, parenting, finances, etc.
  • Spiritual Exploration/Existential Concerns
  • Relationship distress
  • Overwhelm with decision making
  • Emotional Well-Being


Through this process, there is the opportunity to:












What is Mindfulness?

  • Become aware of negative, habitual thinking patterns such as guilt,  judgement, criticism and regret, how they create suffering and how to feel better.


  • Discover how to experience a deep sense of joy and peace regardless of outside circumstances.


  • Learn how to decrease reactivity and negative communication patterns in relationships and increase closeness, understanding and connection. 


  • Transform feelings of shame, blame and resentment into forgiveness and acceptance.