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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.



Personalized Programs

Whether you want individual support in cultivating a mindfulness practice in your everyday life or your small business or corporation wants mindfulness meditation training to meet specific goals, Denette offers personalized programs to meet your unique needs. Denette’s clients include individuals, as well as a range of diverse companies, from small sized businesses to larger organizations such as the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Denette’s programs will help you to:                   

  • Improve communication skills/ Empathetic listening
  • Cultivate a stronger sense of connection to your own creativity
  • Understand biological reactions to stress in the brain and body
  • Experience and practice  mindfulness meditation techniques


One-on-one Consultation

Current research on mindfulness suggests that the following are benefits derived from consistent mindfulness practice:

  • Physical Benefits: Reduced blood pressure, Increased function of immune system and improved quality of sleep
  • Emotional Benefits: Increased emotional awareness, decreased emotional reactivity, reduced levels of anxiety

Denette will partner with you to discuss your needs, help you to establish your goals, and design an individualized meditation program to meet your needs. 

Custom Business Programs

Current research on mindfulness suggests that businesses which instill a mindfulness practice into the workplace yield the following outcomes:

  • Improved performance and productivity
  • Stronger work relationships/professional alignment
  • Increased concentration, memory, and focus

Denette will design an individualized meditation training program tailor made to the needs, goals, and nature of your business. Denette offers on-site workshops, seminars, and retreats. She will partner with you to identify and establish goals, then customize a course to fit your needs.

Current Programs:

Find out more about current programs around Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) for adults here.

Find out more about current offerings of Making Friends With Yourself customized for teens and young adults here

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in happiness.
— Denette Mann, M.Ed.