In this group I will introduce the concepts behind the transformative power of Mindfulness Meditation and will provide direct experience with Mindfulness Practice. Any person interested in cultivating a practice in Mindfulness Meditation or who simply has curiosity about how Mindfulness may help them to grow a greater sense of inner peace and equanimity is welcome. This is not a therapy group but will provide participants with some introductory methods of settling the mind and slowing the cascade of unhelpful thoughts that contribute to stress and anxiety.
Phone screening will be necessary prior to the start of the group (deadline for this will be February 11, 2020). The group will start only if there are 4 people or more.
Laurie Sherwood is a highly seasoned Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker bringing over forty years of experience to private practice in Newton, MA. Laurie uses a mindfulness-based approach to depression, anxiety, substance use, relationship challenges, insomnia, and couples counseling. Laurie applies her vast skill set to attend to the client as a whole person, creating a safe and productive environment for emotional healing.
Laurie provides compassionate care to a wide range of clients. A major focus of her practice is work with couples, including balancing the relationship and one's own needs within the context of parenting, transitioning to an empty nest, and maintaining sexual connection and intimacy. With a background in addiction work, Laurie also sees clients with challenges related to sex addiction, binge eating, gambling, alcohol, and illicit substance use.
Laurie is dedicated to continually building on her therapeutic experience and is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, a skills-based approach to sleep challenges. She helps provide relief to individuals suffering from sleep deprivation, fears, and anxiety.
Laurie identifies herself as a consultant to her clients, helping them to fully realize their goals and potential with a focus on each individual's strengths. Laurie brings a clinically adept, nonjudgemental, and empathetic approach to every unique situation.