Sounds True Presents

Meditation and Psychotherapy

An Online Training Course for Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice

Tara Brach is your guide in this in-depth program for mental health professionals, their clients, and anyone interested in using the core techniques, practices, and insights from Buddhist psychology for emotional healing and greater awareness.

Includes two live Q&A sessions with Tara.

We begin August 17, 2020.

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An Invitation from Tara Brach

Healing is a process of coming home to the truth and fullness of who we are—to the loving awareness that gets covered by veils of obsessive thinking, painful emotions, and limiting beliefs. As a clinical psychologist and meditation instructor for more than 35 years, I have seen firsthand how, through the practice of mindfulness and the power of our hearts, we can begin to transcend our layers of unhealthy attitudes, view our situations with greater objectivity and acceptance, and open to the loving presence that we really are. Mindfulness can strengthen our attention, awaken compassion and empathy, expand our acceptance of our own inner states, help us navigate trauma, and so much more we’re still discovering.

"Healing is a process of coming home to the truth and fullness of who we are."

The Meditation and Psychotherapy online course includes a variety of tools to support your learning and help you directly experience the transformative power of mindfulness practice. In the nine-session curriculum, I’ll be leading you through more than eight hours of video instruction wherein we’ll cover the essentials of integrating mindful awareness into your personal and professional life. Your course also comes with three bonus audio-learning programs to deepen your journey—The Roots of Buddhist Psychology (with Jack Kornfield), Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (with Thich Nhat Hanh), and one of my own programs, Mindfulness Meditation.

I hope you’ll join me in this heartfelt training for discovering and sharing the fruits of mindfulness practice, for the healing and benefit of everyone we serve.


Tara Brach

About Your Teacher

Tara Brach, PhD

Tara Brach has been teaching meditation since 1975, as well as leading workshops and meditation retreats at centers throughout North America and Europe. She has a PhD in clinical psychology, is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and is the author of Radical Acceptance, True Refuge, and Radical Compassion. Along with her colleague Jack Kornfield, Tara offers a certification program for mindfulness teachers with participants from more than 50 countries. Tara’s weekly podcasts of talks and meditations are downloaded over two million times each month.

Your In-Depth Training Features:

9 Video Sessions
+ 3 Bonus Audios

Your primary course content and 3 bonus programs bring you more than 22 hours of teachings.

with Tara Brach

Join Tara and your classmates for two live Q&A sessions addressing course participant inquiries.

Complete Lifetime Access

Go at your own pace, revisit sessions—it's all yours to download and keep.

Earn up to 9 CECs

Upon completion of the course, you'll be eligible to earn 9 Continuing Education Credits.

Meet with Tara during 2 LIVE Q&A Sessions, included with your course

    • Twice during the course, you can ask Tara your most pressing questions
    • Gain insights into the most common challenges therapists encounter when teaching mindfulness practices
    • Connect with your fellow course participants and hear even more perspectives

Bring your professional practice to the next level. We begin August 17, 2020

The Meditation and Psychotherapy Course Curriculum

Session One: Homecoming: Realizing Our True Nature

Suffering comes when we forget who we are in our essence: a loving presence. In this session, we begin to build our understanding of mindfulness and the valuable role it can play in helping us realize our true self. We’ll gain insights on how to bring the intention of mindfulness into a clinical setting and how this method can enhance our own professional skills. A guided reflection exercise will help us connect to our aspirations and motivations—an essential process for discovery and growth.


    • The essence of mindfulness and a guided practice for exploring it
    • Common pitfalls and traps that keep you from being in the here and now
    • How to recognize the roots of suffering in your life

Break the pattern of a wandering mind

Session Two: The RAIN Practice

Looking at our busy modern lives, it’s easy to see how we can get lost in thought. The result is often an exclusive identification with our false self, and a life void of the fullness and aliveness that the present moment offers. In this session, we’ll delve more deeply into the challenges of staying present, and begin learning about the RAIN technique, a liberating four-part process for using mindful attention to work through “stuck situations” in life. A special focus will be given to the first two aspects of the process, Recognizing and Allowing.


    • Can I be here now? A key question to begin the healing process
    • A guided practice to help break the conditioning of our wandering mind
    • “Inviting the guests,” a Buddhist parable for opening your awareness to difficult situations in your life
    • The Yes Meditation for cultivating the energy of allowing

Free yourself from "the trance of unworthiness"

Session Three: Awakening from the Trance

In being constantly pulled away from the truth of the present moment, we live in a false reality that identifies with the “small self.” We may feel unworthy, insufficient, or not whole—as if something is wrong with us. Our culture, upbringing, or education can cause us to think this way, but fortunately we all possess the potential to awaken from this trance. In this session, we’ll continue to work with the RAIN technique and learn how to identify this trance at work in our lives, and the lives of our clients.


    • How to recognize “false refuges,” or strategies that we use to escape pain
    • What stops you from accepting yourself? Key questions to ask to better understand the beliefs that feed your trance
    • An empowering story of how RAIN worked for one mother
    • A guided practice for connecting to the present moment through the body

Interrupt the cycle of shame through forgiveness and self-compassion

LIVE Q&A #1, Tuesday, September 1

Join Tara Brach in your first live question-and-answer session, addressing specific challenges and other practical considerations shared by course participants.

Session Four: Holding Your Life with Compassion
According to Tara Brach, if we are suffering, we’re believing something limiting about ourselves in the world or believing that we are separate. Our journey of breaking free from the identity of this “small self” continues in this session by bringing heartfelt attention to the places we get stuck and the ways in which we sabotage ourselves from experiencing oneness. We’ll explore two key concepts of this process of growth and dis-identification, including forgiveness and self-compassion. Highlights:
    • The cycle of shame and the subtle ways it can keep us trapped
    • A self-forgiveness practice for healing the layers of past events that we have been unable to let go of
    • How our constant flight from pain and the search for pleasure is actually a sign of love for ourselves
    • A guided practice for cultivating the art of self-compassion

How to apply mindfulness for trauma healing

Session Five: The Power of Thoughts and Beliefs

It is extremely important to bring awareness to our thought processes—but we can’t stop there. In many cases, a deeper examination can also help. In this session, we’ll engage with the “investigating” phase of the RAIN method by examining the roots of the thought patterns at work in our lives. We’ll also discuss the unique challenges that trauma provides in overcoming false beliefs about ourselves and others.


    • Can I be here now? A key question to begin the healing process
    • A guided practice to help break the conditioning of our wandering mind
    • “Inviting the guests,” a Buddhist parable for opening your awareness to difficult situations in your life
    • The Yes Meditation for cultivating the energy of allowing

Tools for reestablishing a sense of safety and belonging

LIVE Q&A #2, Tuesday, September 15

Tara Brach hosts a second live question-and-answer session, offering more insight into the  specific inquiries of our course participants.

Session Six: True Refuge in the Face of Fear

When faced with fear, pain, or other difficult situations, our tendency is to run away or turn toward exterior sources for comfort. In this session, we’ll explore an alternative approach: looking within for refuge. Using the practice of metta, or lovingkindness, we’ll learn how to awaken, open, and soften our hearts to help support us in this process.


    • Feeling a sense of connection, the antidote to fear
    • Prayer redefined: an expression of our desire to belong
    • Seeing the goodness in ourselves and others—and techniques to use when a client can’t see the good within themselves
    • The value of metta meditation to help us cultivate states of wholeness
    • A guided practice for calling upon the sacred space within that offers a sense of safety and belonging

Teachings for awakening the heart in our relationships

Session Seven: The Process of Forgiving

Due to misunderstandings and betrayals, we often create what Tara calls an “unreal other”—an unrealistic image of another person that fails to recognize their humanness. To illuminate how this process may be at work in our own lives, Tara shares real-life examples and describes some of the most common reasons we use this tactic to protect ourselves. This session will also include a discussion of the alchemy of forgiveness, as well as two guided practices that help us move beyond the limits of the unreal other.


    • Transcending the perceived pitfalls of forgiveness
    • Why forgiveness cannot be willed, but takes willingness
    • Lovingkindness and compassion meditations for melting the armor around our heart

Concrete guidance for teaching mindfulness to others in a clinical setting

Session Eight: The Gifts of Natural Presence

In the last stage of RAIN, also known as Non-Identification, we cease to identify with a small sense of self and learn to rest in moments of natural presence. This is the promise that mindfulness practice holds for everyone. Drawing on her experience in sharing mindfulness techniques with her clients and meditation students, Tara offers concrete guidance and tips for teaching mindfulness to others in a professional setting. From answering key questions like “How hard do I try?” to what to do when you or your client feels discouraged in their practice, we’ll explore the intricacies of building and strengthening a practice.


    • Seeing beyond your mask to gain perspective of who you really are
    • The value of community in sustaining a practice
    • The Bodhisattva Vow and how it can help support your practice
    • A guided reflection for helping us touch the energy of natural presence

Building new neural pathways toward wholeness

Session Nine: Opening to the 10,000 Joys and Sorrows

In progressing on the path of mindfulness, we realize that our life is full of beautiful and painful experiences—a term Buddhism describes as the “10,000 joys and sorrows.” In this session, we’ll discuss the importance of grieving and how to identify our reactivity to painful situations. We’ll also discuss the value of recognizing our joys, and how everything in our life can serve in our awakening.


    • Recognizing something as unpleasant—an act that can help break the chain of reactivity
    • How remembering our impermanence can help us stay in touch with what matters
    • What brings you joy? A reflection for helping you build new neural pathways toward wholeness
    • A guided practice for learning how to take refuge in loving presence

Hear From Our Meditation and Psychotherapy Students

Kathleen F
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"There is such dignity, warmth, and wisdom in Tara's teachings … This learning module is helpful on so many levels. On a personal level, it has informed and developed my own meditation practice. On a professional level as a physician, it has provided me invaluable tools for teaching and for sharing mindfulness with others."
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"Funny, interesting, absorbing, and informative. I work as a therapist and I got so much from this for myself in my own life and for my work. I love Tara's voice and her way of teaching. Wonderful!"
Jill K.
Jill K.
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"This has been the most helpful work I have come across—for my own personal journey and work as an addiction counselor. I am so grateful for Tara's wisdom and genuineness, and love the stories. Have already been passing some of them on to clients where helpful."
Kathleen C.
Kathleen C.
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"Excellent presentation. Very inspiring and helpful personally and as a clinician."
Thomas C.
Thomas C.
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"Superior program for psychotherapists looking to incorporate some meditative concepts into their practice."

When you enroll in Tara Brach's upcoming online course, Meditation and Psychotherapy, you'll receive:

9 Video Sessions + 3 Bonuses
Meditation and Psychotherapy plus your 3 bonuses bring you more than 22 hours of life-changing teachings.
2 LIVE Q&As with Tara Brach
Tara Brach leads you and your fellow course participants in two LIVE Q&A sessions to tackle your toughest questions.
Complete Lifetime Access
All of the teachings in the course are yours to download and keep for future reference.
Earn up to 9 CECs
Upon completion of the course, you'll be eligible to earn 9 Continuing Education Credits.

Plus—14 Hours of Bonus Teachings As A Gift to You

The Roots of Buddhist Psychology

Renowned teacher Jack Kornfield shares more than eight hours of insights into Buddhism’s most useful ideas about the inner life and what brings awakening, freedom, and happiness.

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explores how to find and nourish an inner peacefulness, and maintain it through the day. (Note: This program is eligible for three Continuing Education Credits.)

Mindfulness Meditation

Tara Brach presents nine of her most effective guided mindfulness meditation sessions for cultivating a forgiving and caring heart, managing reactivity, working with physical suffering, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

While the program is indeed a professional-level training that qualifies for Continuing Education Credits, the content here is accessible and relevant to anyone and everyone looking to learn more about mindfulness practice and living with greater awareness.

Both live sessions with Tara Brach will be recorded and made available in your digital account as soon as possible after the live event.

Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. We partner with the leading spiritual teachers on the planet to make their teachings accessible through books, audio programs, online learning experiences, and in-person events.

At Sounds True, we have created the world’s largest living library of transformational teachings that support and accelerate spiritual awakening and personal transformation. We make this living library available on multiple media platforms and in multiple languages for people of today and for future generations.

We provide a trustworthy and safe online home for spiritual explorers, where you can show up with authenticity and meet others on the path. We warmly welcome beginners while remaining true to the depth and challenges of the spiritual journey, as we create shifts in consciousness that unlock our greatest human capacities to love and serve.

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The Benefits of Bringing Mindfulness to Your Practice

Emotional well-being

Tools and techniques for learning how to end the suffering caused by unskillfully relating to our emotions and feeling states

Self-acceptance and serenity

How to use mindful awareness and lovingkindness to break free from feelings of unworthiness and shame

Awaken Compassion

Learn a self-forgiveness practice for healing the layers of past events that we have been unable to let go of, and cultivate the art of self-compassion

The joy of living fully

How to practice mindfulness meditation to clear the blockages that prevent us from living our lives to the fullest

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