Renée Burgard, LCSW
Psychotherapy, Classes, Workshops, Training, Writing, Consultation
Renée Burgard, LCSW
300 Plaza South
Los Altos, CA 94022

BBSE License #08952

Serving the areas of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, Portola Valley, Woodside, Los Altos, Mountain View, Los Gatos, and surrounding areas in California.

Specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, and stress reduction, with a mind-body approach, breathing awareness training, and self-soothing through breathing and body sensation awareness. Working with people experiencing difficulty with anxiety, breathing difficulties, depression, bipolar conditions, obsessive-compulsive conditions, chronic medical conditions -including pain, psychosomatic conditions, and physical disability.

Mindfulness Teaching Sites:

PAMF MBSR Class Information

PAMF MBSR Classes and Retreats Calendar - 2015


Blog Posts

Expert Contributor at

Aware of Awareness: Mindful Acknowledging of "Things as They Are" Changes Brain for Better Health and Well-Being

What is Mindfulness? What is "Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction"?

Untying Knots in the Body to Untie Knots in the Mind and Heart

Renee Burgard, LCSW Therapist in Palo Alto Therapist
MBSR Week 1



Required Materials for gMBSR classes



Required Home Practice

Practice recommended = total of 20 to 45 minutes/day



Formal Practice


Body Scan 45’ (at least once this week)
Body Scan 20’ (5 or 6 days)
Progressive Muscle Awareness Scan 18’
(precursor or occasional alternative to body scan)

Informal Practice


Stop Practice 1.5’ (3 times a day)
Stop/Notice/Breathe/Release 2’

Attitudinal Practices (by Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Introduction to the Attitudes of Mindfulness 3’

Non-Judging Awareness_4.25’


Home Practice Logs

Queries for Reflecting on My Practice


Helpful Practice Guides

Booklets with content related to each mindfulness practice - to use if there’s time after daily formal practice



Supporting Materials

optional for now



The Moment; Anam Cara


Chaos or Calm: Re-wiring the Stress Response


This is Your Body on Stress


“Don’t believe everything you think!”


“Between stimulus and response, there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”  

Viktor E. Frankl


The Science of Mindfulness and MBSR by Dan Siegel MD


Eight Weeks to a Better Brain


Mindfulness Research Monthly Online Monthly Research Roundup


The Story of Jon Kabat-Zinn and MBSR


The Mindful Revolution


Insight Timer


Mindfulness Self-Assessment Tools


Assessing Mindfulness: Review


Try one or two now, and repeat after the course ends




Perceived Stress Scale



5-Facet Mindfulness


Emotional Intelligence



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Renée Burgard LCSW, Mindfulness & Health . 300 Plaza South, Los Altos, CA 94022 . (650) 269-4807 . .