Faith Brandt, M.Ed., in counseling, and a B.A. in Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University. Faith is trained in Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy, Mindful Eating, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self Compassion, and Yoga. She has found that these trainings guide her personal and professional practices as well as her philosophy in living. She strongly believes in each person’s ability to learn new skills, adopt valuable tools and uncover unique and beneficial strengths. She believes that when given the opportunity to realize our true potential, positive change can emerge. Faith is also passionate about movement, dance, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, communication, connecting with people and animals, self awakening, inner exploration, and encouraging and supporting others to be their most amazing, authentic selves.
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, Ms Ed, LPCC, is an educator, trainer, and counselor. She is experienced in working culturally and intergenerationally diverse populations. Viviane has taught mindfulness practices for groups, organizations, and individuals since 1998. She knows how mindfulness offers many benefits including fostering resilience and well-being in one’s personal and professional life. She enjoys facilitating a variety of mindfulness-based training including to reduce stress, improve workplace climate, enhance leadership, and improve interpersonal effectiveness and happiness. Her experience includes being a leader in the Community for Mindful Living, a trainer for the Center for Council Dialogue, a facilitator for Personal Leadership: Making a World of Difference and a graduate of the Hakomi Institute for mindfulness based psychotherapy.
Jenn Matheson, PhD, LMFT, is a marriage & family therapist who specializes in grief and loss and medical trauma in her private practice, Matheson Therapy, LLC. She loves working with people, families, and groups to help them feel better in their daily lives and heal their emotional wounds. She has practiced mindfulness since 2000 and has also used it successfully with clients and groups to bring a fuller sense of presence and reduce emotional and physical symptoms. She is also a clinical supervisor of new therapists who are working toward licensure. She loves the collaborative nature of this work as well as helping watch therapists develop new skills with a wide variety of clients. She uses mindfulness with supervisees to help them develop clinical skills and achieve a deeper sense of themselves as therapists. In her free time, Jenn loves writing and is working on a book about her 2009 life-threatening illness and prolonged recovery that has led her to a new place in her life and work. To learn more about Jenn, please visit www.mathesontherapy.com.
Mac McGoldrick, M.A., has advanced degrees in Anthropology and Buddhist Studies, and a monastic degree earned while a monk in India, and holds an MBSR teacher certificate. His current research focuses on the nature of asceticism and athletic accomplishment. As a former professional athlete, he researches and implements ways to incorporate mindfulness into athletic training programs. He competes in iron- and half-iron distance triathlons using the principles learned while living with and studying with the Shugendo Yamabushi monks of Japan. He believes that we are all capable of extraordinary accomplishment, both physically and mentally, through the perfection of tsöndrü – a Tibetan term that can be defined as an attitude of heroic effort, gladly engaging in wholesome activities.
Eileen Priya, MS, MA, RYT has studied meditation, yoga and the chakra system for over 25 years. She is currently an LPC Intern supervised by Kalila Homann, and studies medical qui gong and Dance/Movement Therapy in Austin, TX. Eileen specializes in movement and body based therapies for grief and transition, and believes that those difficult times present amazing opportunities for transformation. Eileen is also a yoga teacher who is certified in Hatha,, prenatal and restorative yoga. To learn more about Eileen, please visit www.eileenpriya.com
Paul J. McClure
Paul J. McClure, M.S., LMFT is a marriage and family therapist who specializes in working with couples, families, and individuals to help them improve their relationships, resolve their trauma, and support their spiritual development. Paul has been studying and practicing yoga and meditation since 1999. He practices meditation primarily in the Zen and Vipassana traditions and has been teaching meditation and leading retreats since 2005. He has training in Hakomi Psychotherapy, Emotional Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy). Before becoming a therapist, Paul earned degrees in Physics and Mathematics and worked as a semiconductor engineer for 20+ years. He applies his analytical mind to his spiritual and heart-filled work with his clients and students.