Mindfulness-based Educator & Mind-body Practitioner
Laurie has a B.A. in Psychology, is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, a trained Mindfulness-based Interventionist of Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention, and a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher through UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness. She specializes in trauma and has completed levels 1 & 2 through the Trauma Resource Institute and is a Certified Echo Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Parent Educator.
For several years she worked as a research associate at UCLA’s Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Program facilitating Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy groups for research studies with teens and college students. Laurie is the co-creator and facilitator, along with Dr. Danielle Denenny, of the Mindful Parenting Support Study program that offers psychoeducational resources and mindfulness-based practices for parents of children with mood disorders.
Laurie is mentored by Susan Kaiser Greenland, founder of the Inner Kids program, and is one of her lead teachers bringing mindful awareness and compassion into education in a secular way. She teaches the IK's curriculum - ABC’s of Mindfulness, for youth, teachers, and administrators in K-12 public and private schools throughout Los Angeles. Laurie created the Unplug Kids program at Unplug Meditation Studio where she works with kids, families, and parents through workshops and private sessions.
Since Mindful Parenting is a true passion and specialty for Laurie, she is honored to be the Mindful Parenting Facilitator for schools such as, Campbell Hall and Carpenter Community Charter, where she leads weekly and monthly groups for their parents and caregivers throughout the school year.
As a Family Mindfulness Practitioner, Laurie provides effective strategies and support for families dealing with attentional, behavioral, and emotional challenges, while cultivating a more connected and peaceful home. She creates a customized support plan that includes mindfulness-based trauma informed practices and parent-focused educational tools for each family to best serve their unique needs and interests. Laurie is on the clinical team of Hope Integrative Psychiatry at the La Maida Institute in NoHo and where she has her private practice. As the family program advisor at La Maida, she enjoys serving families through programs, workshops, and classes that are rooted in integrative health, mindfulness, resiliency, and communal support.
For more than two decades, Laurie has been working with clients who suffer from physical addictions to various substances and psychological dependence such as codependence, love addiction, anger, eating disorders, and untreated trauma. She draws from over 30 years of continuous recovery and spent many years facilitating Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention and Self-compassion groups at multiple addiction treatment centers throughout Los Angeles. Laurie created the signature program called Finding Freedom - a mindfulness-based class series for teens and adults dealing with addictive behavior for the La Maida Institute.