MMT helps clients: a) clarify life values, and b) gain the ability to experience the moment – including negative emotions and cravings/urges – without feeling compelled to engage in behaviors that can interfere with lives that feel fulfilling.

MMT also targets risk factors for dysregulated behavior, such as lack of pleasurable/fulfilling life experiences, difficulty living according to personal values, and difficulty with relationships. 

MMT includes a strong focus on the therapeutic relationship, with intensive validation by the therapist and a balanced focus on acceptance and change. MMT can be customized to fit each client's specific needs and dysregulated behavior(s).

Clinical trials of MMT have shown significant decreases in:

  • alcohol use
  • drug use 
  • acts of anger/aggression
  • acts of binge eating
  • trichotillomania
  • compulsive checking behavior

MMT has been conducted: 

  • in individual and group formats; 
  • with women and men; 
  • with clients who have co-occurring depression, PTSD, borderline personality disorder (or strong features), social anxiety, and other anxiety disorders. 


Preliminary results also show improvements in: trauma symptoms, depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, anger/hostility, borderline features, smoking, and mindfulness difficulties.