Dr. Howard Blumenfeld
Howard Blumenfeld, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Psychology and is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist. He specializes in treating stress disorders and has been teaching people how to reduce their stress since 1977.
In 1995, he participated in a week long Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training program for healthcare professionals directed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D.
Howard is a long-time meditation student of Shinzen Young, who is the founder of Vipassana Support International (VSI), and has been trained by Shinzen as a Mindfulness meditation facilitators with VSI. In Nov. of 2013 he began participating in a Vipassana 2 year program exploring ageing, illness and death, sponsored by Spirit Rock Retreat Center and the Metta Foundation.
Howard has been offering Mindfulness based training programs through his Valley Village, California private practice and has been teaching Mindfulness meditation on local and international retreats. In 2001 to 2010 he joined the staff of Cri-Help, substance abuse treatment centers, providing Mindfulness meditation training for their staff and residents. From 2005 to 2011, he was affiliated with the UCLA Mindful Living Project research studies as a MBSR teacher. In 2008 he introduced Mindfulness training to the guests of weSPARK Cancer Support Center.
Howards’ mindfulness practice has become part of his daily life, both personally and professionally, and he is grateful to have the opportunity to share this practice and understanding with others. You may see more about him on his web site www.mindfulnesspath.net or contact him at (818) 487-3773 office, cell (818) 625-2673, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Lawler is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#48484) with a specialization in pregnancy, early motherhood and early childhood. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University Northridge, and has worked clinically for the past 10 years building healthy parent-child relationships and supporting secure attachments. During this time, Shannon has also been studying and practicing Mindfulness daily, and has integrated this practice throughout her own pregnancies and journey into motherhood.
Ron Ames is a meditation practitioner who has studied with both Trudy Goodman and Noah Levine. He is currently a member of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner’s Program. Ron serves as a member on InsightLA’s Executive Council. He is a teacher in training with Trudy Goodman in InsightLA’s first teacher training cohort. Ron has a deep interest in the Twelve Steps particularly as they relate to meditation practice. He works in the film industry as a Producer and 1st Assistant Director on feature films.
Dr. Manijeh Motaghy
Co-founder, Executive Director and Teacher
Looking for the truth and peace, Manijeh communed with nature since she was three years old. She started practicing yoga in 1994 and came to Mindfulness in an undergrad class in 2004. Being overjoyed by finally finding a formal practice and teaching that she had all her life sought and intuitively applied, she delved deeply into the experiential Mindfulness practices and other Buddhist teachings that support Mindfulness.
Dr. Motaghy published the COMANDS: Seven Skills/Traits of Effective Leadership, a mindfulness-based leadership model to help leaders shape their skills in an organic way that is realistic, effective and considerate of what their followers need and respond to.
Developed:The Mindful Employees (ME) Program, an employee wellness and performance and engagement enhancement training for organizations……and designed numerous other curricula such as DOUBLE-AIM for adults with ADHD and other curricula for cancer patients and their families. She has trained and taught Mindfulness to hundreds of individuals, executives and staff at corporations such as Health Net, and Motion Picture Fund & Television Hospital.
Dr. Motaghy is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator by the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Board of Behavioral Sciences and an Authorized MAPS Teacher by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. She teaches these courses in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA.
She has provided mindfulness workshops, presentation and training for academic sectors such as the LAUSD and private schools such as Campbell Hall, state-wide professional conferences such as Promising Practices at California State University of Northridge and Girls Scouts of America, local mental health centers such as SFV Community Mental Health Center, and JAS for Social Workers, as well as other health-support organizations such as Leeza’s Place and The Laurel Foundation (AIDS support), Child Development Institute, Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation and WeSpark Cancer Support Center where she has conducted weekly sessions for the past 3 years. She has organized and lead over 45 day-long retreats including Work-Life Balance and continues to lead weekly Mindfulness study groups in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Calabasas and, West Hills. Manijeh is committed to her own personal daily practice and development of Mindfulness.
RELATED TRAINING & EXPERIENCE: Dr. Motaghy continues to study and practice Mindfulness and other Buddhist teachings with teachers at the Abhayagiri Monastery as well as other secular groups. As a dedicated practitioner and teacher, she infuses mindfulness in all her training, consulting and speaking engagements to optimize success and well-being for all involved.
TRAINING RECEIVED AND IN PROGRESS:
2014,15 7 Days Dharma & meditation at Abhayagiri
2014 Studied for a year with Trudy Goodman, the Guiding Teacher at InsightLA, DPG
2014 Day-long Retreat with Venerable Panavati
2014 Authorized UCLA MAPS course teacher
2013 10 Day Silent Dharma and meditation at Angeles Center
2013 7 Day Dharma and meditation at the Abhayagiri
2013 Mindfulness Facilitation Certification from UCLA, Mindful Awareness Center
2012 Day-long Retreat with Rumi Rooms, Palos Verdes, CA
2012 2 day retreat with Will Kabat Zinn, Insight LA
2011 6 months CORE Advanced Buddhist Teachings Class, Daniel Davis, West Hills
2011 Day-long retreat by Thannissaro Bhikkhu, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Day-long Sunlun Retreat
2010 One Year Advance Buddhist Teachings Class, Daniel Davis, West Hills, CA
2009-12 14 Day mindfulness & Dharma practice at the Abhayagiri Monastery
2007-2012 18 Basics of Mindfulness Course – Mindful Valley
2008 10-Day Silent Monastic Retreat – Angela Center, CA
2007 One Day Mindfulness Retreat – Insight LA
2007-2013 Mentored by Daniel Davis on Buddhist teachings
1994-present Yoga, Mindful Living
2013-current MAPS I & II for UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center CA
2012 Facilitates Weekly Meditation Community, West Hills, CA
2012 Designed and Co-Facilitated Work-Life Balance Retreat: Integrating Mindfulness into Accountability, Palos Verdes, CA
2012 Mindfulness workshop, Staff/ Interns, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Clinic Van Nuys CA
2012 Presented Mindfulness workshop for Mental Health professionals at Cal State Univ Northridge, CA
2012 Co-presented Mindfulness for teachers, staff and health care providers at LAUSD, District 1
2012 Presented Mindfulness for Mental Health professionals at The Whole Child, Whittier, CA
2012 Presented Mindful Communication for Toastmaster Learning Institute, Glendale College, CA
2011 Provided Mindfulness of Strengths training for four different departments at Health Net Inc., CA.
2011-present Provide Mindfulness Training for WeSpark Cancer Support Center – Encino, CA
2011 Presented Mindful Communication for the Academy of Bio Science, Peperdine University, CA
2011 Provided Mindfulness Workshops for JAS Recreational Therapists, Malibu, CA
2011 Provided Mindful Time Management Workshop for Girls Scouts of America, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Provided Mindfulness Based Strategic Planning – American Society of Training & Development
2010 Co-presented Mindfulness Meditation – Motion Picture & Television Fund
2010 Co-designed CEU course curriculum for the Board Behavioral Sciences Certification process
2010 Created Mindful Valley’s Advisory Board
2010 Designed and co-taught “Effective Management, Mindfulness Tools & Workshops – Meetup
2010 Coordinated Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course – Mindful Valley
2009-present Coordinated &Co-facilitated over 30 monthly day-long retreats – Mindful Valley
2009 Designed curriculum and taught mindfulness based professional development class “Be The Master of Your Own Livelihood” – Mindful Valley
2008-present Coordinates weekly Sitting Group – Mindful Valley
2014 – Authorized UCLA MAPS course teacher
2013 – Certification of Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA, Mindful Awareness Center
2008 – PsyD. in Organization Management Consulting – Phillips Graduate Institute
2005 – BA in Psychology – Cal State Channel Islands
Sousan Amiri, M.S, LMFT
Families and Children
Sousan Amiri, M.S, LMFT is a licensed Psychotherapist specialized in working with children, individuals, and families integrating psychotherapy and the world of Attachment Focused Therapy which considers the latest advances in the neuro-biology of interpersonal behavior and how this affects relationships and behaviors. Her educational background includes Master of Science in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from California State University, Channel Island. She has received training from different institutes and holds numerous memberships in several honor societies and professional organizations.
In her expertise as a relational therapist, she interweaves her formal training as a psychotherapist with her views on families and parental issues. Relational issues are her focus. She believes whether the conflict is between partners, parents and children, the goal is to mend the relationship and create a functional and a healthy connection. She is dedicated to helping people cope with fears and struggles that hold them back from their full potential. Her work connects the dots and helps one to see the problem and learn how to address it in a loving, healthy and an effective way.
Sousan applies her excellent client rapport and clinical expertise to improve individuals to overcome their struggles with everyday life challenges. Sousan uses a warm, interactive, and collaborative approach along with her professional counseling expertise help parents understand how to be the best mothers and fathers they can be for their children, and how to work together to support them even under difficult circumstances. She works with individuals and couples facing divorce and families and adolescents in conflict and with individual clients with issues resulting from relational, separation, grief, loss, and conflicts.
Some of her strongest qualities include being emotionally empathic, and attune to her clients. As a therapist she is dedicated and deeply committed to support her clients and strive to provide them with the highest level of professional therapeutic services in a safe and nurturing environment.
For additional information, please contact her at (805) 231-9980 or visit http://www.westlakevillage-therapy.com
Jonathan Troen is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, Life Coach and Meditation Leader. However, it was a journey that brought this entrepreneur to his current fortune in life.
Jonathan’s first career was in the entertainment industry. At 17, Jonathan was producing the #1 morning show at #1 radio station in Boston, WBCN-FM. After traveling and working in London, Copenhagen and Seville, Spain, Jonathan returned to the United States and settled in Los Angeles, California, where he launched the legendary online music destination L.A. Live, introducing the first ever ongoing series of live concerts and interviews on the Internet, featuring the biggest pop and rock stars in the world. In addition, he produced some of the most successful online events for major entertainment and technology companies, including Sony, Universal, Warner Bros, VH1 and Microsoft.
After selling L.A. Live, Jonathan moved into television, where he produced unscripted and documentary programs for a variety of networks including Animal Planet, Travel Channel and E! Entertainment. He also continued his work in the digital realm, consulting for companies including AOL, Paramount Pictures and Sony Music. Jonathan has been a featured speaker at many
entertainment and interactive industry conferences, and has been interviewed on various television networks, including CNN and the Discovery Channel.
During this exciting time, he had to undergo a serious surgery. Following a year of physical therapy, his recovery path led him to Iyengar yoga, at first restoring his physical mobility, and over time, creating a new and welcome clarity and calm in his mind. This growth led Jonathan to embark on a new path: having achieved many successes, Jonathan decided it was time to give back, to share his energies, passions and knowledge.
Today his precise yet caring teaching style inspires his students to find new depths within themselves as they strive for alignment both within their body and within their lives. By combining life coaching with meditation and yoga, his practice is aimed at helping individuals overcome personal roadblocks to create their own successful and balanced lives.