FAQs

We get a lot of questions about our counseling and mindfulness services. Here are some quick answers to the common ones. If you don’t find an answer to your question, please reach out. We’d love to chat with you.

If you need free or reduced fee counseling services, OpenCounseling provides contact information for individual clinicians and organizations that offer these services on a sliding scale or, in some cases, at no charge. Scroll down and select the button below to connect to a list of such providers in the Lincoln area.

Participating in MBSR classes can benefit those who have been meditating for years or those who are just beginning their mindfulness journey.

Group Mindfulness Classes are offered at Into Balance for adults 18 and over. They occur multiple times per year and last 8 weeks. They are on Mondays from 3 PM to 4 PM. If you are interested in practicing mindfulness to retrain your brain, reduce stress, manage emotional reactivity, and increase general wellbeing, leading to a more harmonious life, then these classes are for you.

We also offer Business/Organization MBSR Classes for groups of 8-24. Participating in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes can benefit teams, clubs, businesses, and other organizations.

Additionally, Healthcare Professional MBSR CE Classes are available for California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs, Psychologists, and Nurses. Healthcare professionals may be able to earn continuing education credit for their participation in Into Balance MBSR classes.

To learn more or register, visit our Mindfulness Classes page.

While it’s best to commit to being present at all 8 classes and the retreat day, sometimes life happens. In MBSR classes, we learn to roll with the punches. The experiences can’t be made up but we’ll do our best to help you catch up if a class is missed. If you know you will have to miss two or more of the eight classes or the retreat day, we recommend postponing your participation to another MBSR session that better fits your schedule. Register or learn more about our MBSR Classes.

It is a tradition in many mindfulness communities to generously offer teachings free of charge. In a gesture of gratitude, it is also traditional for those receiving them to offer generosity, known as Dana, to support the teacher. To be consistent with these values and to make the class available to as many people as possible, a minimal materials and space maintenance fee of $100 will be collected prior to the start of classes. This fee does not compensate the teacher. At the conclusion of the eighth class, participants will be invited but not obligated to show generosity to the teacher by offering an amount of their choosing. To learn more or register online.

Health insurance typically does not cover MBSR classes, however, some Flexible Spending Plans, Health Savings Accounts, and Employer-based Wellness Programs may reimburse part or all of the costs. Check to see if this applies to you when registering for classes.

Into Balance has partnered with the University of California – San Diego Center for Mindfulness to offer Continuing Education contact hours for selected health care professionals that complete our MBSR classes. Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Nurses, see further information below. If your profession is not listed here, check with your licensing board to determine if this program meets their requirements.

8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

Continuing Education Credit

Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 27.0 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 27.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 32.0 contact hours.

Objectives

  1. Articulate the key aspects of mindfulness as it relates to stress reduction, coping with pain and illness and enhancing well-being
  2. Differentiate MBSR from relaxation and other distraction techniques that may seem similar but are fundamentally and theoretically quite different in contending with difficulty and enhancing quality of life
  3. Apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of both settings
  4. Integrate mindfulness into social interaction with patients, colleagues, supervisors, family and friends to facilitate more effective and mindful communication
  5. Articulate the potential benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction (and mindfulness in general) to educate patients and their families about the benefits of such programs in their own lives
  6. Implement brief mindfulness practices with patients and family members as a means of contending with acute pain, anxiety and distress.

Emergency Disclaimer

If you or another individual is in danger and need urgent assistance, please go to your nearest emergency room or call 911. You can also reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (800-237-TALK).

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Generosity

Traditionally, mindfulness teachings are offered at no cost. Tradition also holds that those who receive the teachings practice gratitude for them and generosity, known as Dana, toward the teacher in whatever form they deem appropriate. If you have participated in any of the free-of-charge mindfulness services offered through Into Balance, and if you are moved to generosity, you may offer Dana to your teacher below by clicking on the Dana Donation button. If you would like to donate to a fund that subsidizes the enrollment in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes for those who cannot afford the full enrollment fee, please select the MBSR Scholarship Fund button below. In either case, please know that your generosity is received with humble thanks.

Open Counseling/Free or Reduced Fee

If you need free or reduced fee counseling services, OpenCounseling

provides contact information for individual clinicians and organizations that offer these services on a sliding scale or, in some cases, at no charge. Click the button below to connect to a list of such providers in the Lincoln area.