Wellness Matters – EP 14: How Mindfulness Eases Toxic Stress, trauma, And Our Brains w/ Laurie Cousins

On this episode of the Wellness Matters podcast, we are honored to have a discussion with Mindfulness-based Teacher and Nonviolent Parent Educator- Laurie Cousins! Her very extensive bio can be found on her website, some excerpts from that bio is also found further down in this description.

Hope and Laurie discuss the difference between toxic stress vs challenging stress, what trauma is and does to the brain, and how grounding and perspective can affect all of the above.

Laurie has a B.A. in Psychology, is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, a trained Mindfulness-based Interventionist of Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention, and a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher through UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness. Laurie specializes in trauma and has completed levels 1 & 2 through the Trauma Resource Institute, and has certification for Advanced Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness by Dr. David Treleaven, and is a Certified Echo Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Parent Educator.

For several years she worked as a research associate at UCLA’s Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Program facilitating Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy groups for research studies with teens and college students. Laurie is the co-creator and facilitator, along with Dr. Danielle Denenny, of the Mindful Parenting Support Study program that offers psycho-educational resources and mindfulness-based practices for parents of children with mood disorders.

Since 2015, Laurie has the honor of being the in house Mindful Parenting Facilitator for Campbell Hall School in Studio City, where she leads a weekly mindful parenting group for their families throughout the school year.

Thank you for listening! – Hope Zionts @wellness.matters.pod