[Meditating] was legitimately helpful as I received my own internal wisdom about a difficult situation. Thanks for bringing me back to myself. I enjoyed the openness of the community and leaders’ ability/encouragement to make ourselves feel comfortable and to attend to our own needs.

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Nelly Kaufer
Licensed Professional Counselor

Nelly Kaufer, LPC is a seasoned psychotherapist and the founder of Pine Street Sangha, a meditation center in Portland Oregon. She has been teaching meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist psychology to mental health professionals for over 20 years, continually refining her perspective and approach. Thanks to a grant from a Buddhist foundation, she is creating a one-year, in-depth CE certificate program for mental health professionals which will nurture a meditative and contemplative practice, along with an experiential knowledge of Buddhist psychology – that integrates into their clinical orientation and interventions.

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Judy Butler
Licensed Professional Counselor

Judy Butler, Licensed Professional Counselor, has been teaching workshops for mental health professionals on the use of meditation as part of ethical practice and self-care since 2014. She retired from a long career working in trauma-focused agencies, followed by fifteen years in private practice as a psychotherapist. Since completing the Teacher Training program in Reflective Meditation, she works alongside Nelly Kaufer teaching meditation, mindfulness and Buddhist psychology to other helping professionals.

Pam Crow
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Pam Crow, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a published poet. She has been a meditator with the Pine Street Sangha since 2005, using meditation both in her therapy work and as a practice of self-care. Pam has taught workshops both locally and nationally for the past 30 years to mental health professionals.

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Katrina Gould
Masters of Social Work Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Katrina Gould, LCSW has been in private practice for over 25 years and worked before that with at-risk children and families. A Buddhist meditation practice has supported and deepened her life for most of her adulthood. She turned to Reflective Meditation with Nelly Kaufer in 2013 and was part of a meditation group for therapists for a number of years. She joined the Teacher Training program in the fall of 2018 when she began assisting at the ethics training for mental health professionals at Pine Street Sangha.

Susie Barrios
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Susie Barrios, LCSW, has a long career as a social work educator, a trainer for mental health
professionals and an individual and family therapist. She has been a meditator with Pine Street Sangha since 2014, when she joined a meditation group for therapists and uses meditation both in her social work practice and for self-care. She has continued her Reflective Meditationtraining and practice through the Teacher Training Program and trainings for other helping professionals.

Supporting Teachers

Katrina Gould, LCSW

Arah Gould, LPC

Moline Whitson

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