[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.
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.
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, 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.
Moline Whitson, CYT (Certified Yoga Teacher), Certified TRE® Provider
Moline is the general manager of Pine Street Sangha, a Supporting Reflective Meditation teacher and serves on the board. She also teaches yoga and has owned Harmony Yoga in Portland’s Hollywood neighborhood since 2004. She is a Certified TRE® (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) provider and long-time martial artist, holding a third-degree black belt in Mo Duk Pai Kung Fu. Her journey with Reflective Meditation began in 2010 and continues to inform her life today.
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