All photography provided by Jared Chambers



Denette has a life long mission to growth and well being for herself and to help others interested in that journey.  Her path towards a career in counseling started after earning her MBA at University of Texas at Austin, working for Texas Instruments followed by a chapter with a small start-up.

When Denette moved with her husband and infant daughter for a temporary assignment  in Baguio, Philippines, she witnessed first hand the impact on a population struck by poverty, a recent earthquake and volcanic eruption.  For the next three years, she immersed herself into therapeutic work at a local center, which housed children and protected them from abusive parents.  There she worked alongside Dr. Garry Landreth, the world-renowned play therapist and director of the University of North Texas play therapy program.

After returning home to Dallas, she redirected her course in life by earning  a Masters in Education with a focus on Counseling at the University of North Texas. Her ever-present desire for growth led her to train not only in ways that honed her therapy skills but also moved her forward as a compassionate, caring person in the world.

Ten years ago she began a personal meditation practice.  She sought out further education on the topic of meditation by attending an intense one-week training in MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) in New York , led by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli.  She returned to New York and attended a week long seminar on ‘Focusing,’ a gentle form of therapy that depends on the person’s ability to go inside for the answers to life’s problems.  Additionally she has invested in training on Mindfulness Based Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer.

As a result of these experiences and choices, Denette has developed a way of utilizing mindfulness and meditation in her therapeutic work with clients of all ages. For the past three years, she has taught Mindful Self-Compassion through the SMU CAPE program.  She enjoys presenting Mindfulness Self Compassion at conferences throughout Texas.  Please visit our events page and join us at our next workshop for parents or Lunch & Learn for professionals who work with children.


Awareness of the breath is one of the foundational exercises for learning mindfulness meditation. It’s a popular starting point because the breath is something you can always access, and the act of breathing also serves to regulate your physiological state. It serves as a valuable anchor for other mindfulness practices.
— Denette Mann, M.Ed.