Welcome to Living Being Mindful the private practice of Laurie Jackson. Laurie knew from the time she was in her late adolescence that she wanted to be in private practice and help others. She deeply wanted to understand human suffering and so she began her journey with the study of Psychology. Laurie attended Emmanuel College in Boston where she completed her Bachelors Degree in 2000. It was around the age of 28, that she found herself facing her own life challenges leading her to discover meditation and Buddhist Psychology. Not long after becoming a mother, she continued with her study at Bridgewater State University (BSU) for graduate training. Once she completed her Masters Degree in 2009 at the nationally accredited counseling program at BSU, she humbly realized that there was still, much to learn about suffering. She continued her training to further understand the impact and treatment of trauma at Simmons College and received a Post-Masters Certificate from their social work program. She began private practice in 2011 upon receiving her license as a Mental Health Counselor. What she found a few years into the work as a psychotherapist was that still, there was much more to understand about how to best support an individual in a counseling relationship. For her, this meant a personal and lifetime committment to understanding the self, what it means to be human, and how to hold the truth that all beings will and do experience suffering in this lifetime. This also meant that she had to accept that she could not “fix” the challenges being faced by her clients as well. Although Laurie personally found meditation and Buddhist Psychology in her late twenties to be helpful to her, she felt further training was needed to help bring a more holistic approach into the therapy room. An approach that had more of a collective focus of mind, body, and heart. With this, she completed a Post-Masters Certificate of training at the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy in 2018. She openly shares the importance of her own individual therapeutic work with a therapist. Not only to ensure her own wellbeing as a provider, but to normalize the counseling-therapeutic relationship in itself. In public talks given in 2016 and 2019 on suffering, well-being and self-compassion, Laurie openly shared about the depressive episode that led her to take well-being and self-care more seriously. Laurie at this time is a Dharma student and teacher in training. This means that she participates in ongoing daily learning, meditation, study, retreat and writing with teachers and spiritual friends, Bill Morgan, PsyD and Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS. Laurie also participates in monthly sangha meetings with other psychotherapists around the state, country and world to discuss the work of psychotherapy and mindfulness practice.