Laurence M. Magro, MBA, MS
Founder, Mindful Living NY
Laurence Magro is a psychotherapist, educator, and practitioner of Mindfulness. She is the founder of Mindful Living NY, which offers counseling, training and consulting to individuals, groups and professional organizations. Laurence’s approach to counseling and mindfulness training draws on eastern contemplative traditions as well as western research in behavioral health and neuroscience. She is passionate about inspiring people to take an active role in enhancing their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Laurence has been practicing and exploring Mindfulness for more than 20 years. After earning a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and practicing as a traditional psychotherapist, Laurence pursued extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and received Certification from the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, in recognition of her in-depth understanding and skillful delivery of the MBSR curriculum.
With an early career in finance, she brings to her teaching both corporate and clinical experience and has gained first hand understanding of the need for sustainable tools to improve leadership, job performance, and career satisfaction.
Laurence has developed a dedication to introducing mindfulness tools to educators and healthcare professionals where enhanced focus, presence and compassion can benefit a wide circle of students and patients. She also has a deep interest in sharing the transformative practice of mindfulness with young people at the inception of their professional lives.
An active member of the National Counseling Association and the Association pour le Development de la Mindfulness (ADA) in France, Laurence is trilingual in English, French and Spanish. She is married with three daughters and, in addition to her personal practice of meditation and yoga, enjoys swimming, biking and travel.
ACHIEVEMENTS & CERTIFICATIONS
More than 20 years practicing and exploring Mindfulness
Extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) methodologies pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center of Mindfulness of the University of Massachusetts Medical School culminating in full Certification as an MBSR teacher
Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pace University
Years practicing as traditional psychotherapist
MBA from the University of Chicago and early career in corporate finance
Active member of the National Counseling Association and the Association pour le Development de la Mindfulness (ADA) in France
Co-author of a paper published in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology: Helping the Helpers: Mindfulness Training for Burnout Prevention in Pediatric Oncology−−A Pilot Program (October 2013)
Led more than 35 MBSR programs as well as workshops for professional organizations including: Montefiore Medical Center pediatric oncology unit, the American Dental Association 9th district, Riverdale Country School and Hackley School faculties, Portigon AG NYC , the New York State Judicial Institute
Training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) under the tutelage of Zindel Segal at the University of Toronto Centre for Addictive and Mental Health