Mindfulness-based Teacher & Mind-body Practioner
Laurie has a B.A. in Psychology, is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and a trained Mindfulness-based Interventionist for Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention and Mindful Self-Compassion through UCSD Center for Mindfulness. She has completed the Trauma Resiliency Model training through the Trauma Resource Institute and is in the process of completing her hours for certification.
She is a research associate at UCLA Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Program facilitating Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy groups for research studies with Teens and College Students. Laurie is the co-creator, 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, to children, teens, teachers, and administrators in K-12 public and private schools. Laurie created the Unplug Kids program at Unplug Meditation Studio, teaching classes and private sessions that are based on the IK's curriculum.
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 practices and parent-focused educational tools for each family to best serve their unique needs and interests. As the Family Programming Advisor at the La Maida Institute in Los Angeles, along with her private practice, she enjoys fulfilling her passion by serving families through programs 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 facilitated Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention and Self-compassion groups at multiple Addiction Treatment Centers throughout Los Angeles and worked with clients individually to process unresolved trauma through somatic-based interventions. Laurie created the Find Freedom mindfulness-based addictive behaviors class series at the La Maida Institute and has over 30 years of continuous recovery, as well as specializing in working with adolescence and adults dealing with addiction & addictive behaviors.
Laurie is a teacher of Evenflow, a next generation mindfulness & meditation App. The psychology behind the curriculum helps people dig deeper into their own behaviors, allowing to make more conscious choices, and bringing mindfulness to stressful areas of their lives and integrate real change. You can also find her on Meditation Studio App.