Biography

BIOGRAPHY

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Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy Services. Susan Hurd, MA, CAGS, LMHC -Licensed Psychotherapist

Susan Hurd, MA, CAGS, LMHC is the owner of the Mindful Living Center. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC. She has 20 years of psychotherapy counseling expertise. She has over 30 years in teaching Mindfulness-based Meditation and Stress Reduction, MBMSR, Programs. She is very Compassionate, Non-Judgemental, Wise, Resourceful & Skilled in treating clients. She has a kind, calming and gentle manner. She is also known for having a deep personal, solid, inner strength and faith that will be an anchor in holding you steady through difficult and confusing times. She is gifted with having a soothing voice that will help put you at ease, feel comfortable and safe. She has extensive expertise with Anxiety, Depression, Medical Trauma and Complex Medical Conditions, Disability Issues, Work and Life Transitions, Grief and Loss and other common mental health issues.

Susan has a Masters Degree and post Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, CAGS, in Holistic Mental Health Counseling from Salve Regina University. She did her 3500 hours of clinical training with APA approved health psychologists at the Healing Choices integrative medical pain clinic located at the Rehabilitation Hospital of RI. She worked at the Rehabilitation Hospital of RI from 2003-2014. She then opened her own private practice, the Mindful Living Center in 2014 located on the East Side of Providence.

Susan has Professional and also Personal expertise with living with her own complex medical conditions. She is a Role Model and Success Story in Turning her own Lemons into Lemonade. She also models well that Living a Green, Healthy and Mindful Lifestyle works in having a better quality of life despite much medical complexity.

Susan’s BA degree in Mass Communications: Video, TV, Film has helped her to be very comfortable in offering virtual Telemedicine Therapy Appointments.

Living Green, Healthy and Mindful with Susan Hurd, LMHC

Susan Hurd, MA, CAGS, LMHC, has extensive expertise with teaching Mindfulness Meditation. She started studying Eastern and Buddhist Meditation practices 40 years ago. For over 30 years she has been consistently teaching Mindfulness-based Meditation to groups and individuals. Since 2005, Susan has been integrating mindfulness meditation and mind-body-emotions awareness training techniques into her private Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy practice.

Susan has been fortunate to study and practice with some of the finest Buddhist and Mindfulness Meditation teachers, including Jon Kabbat Zinn, Ph.D, Thich Nhat Hahn, The Dalai Lama, Chris Germer, Ph.D, Joseph Goldstein, Lama John Makransky, Jack Kornfield, Ph.D, Sylvia Boorstein, Ph. D, James Baraz, Ph.D,and Tulku Chagdud Rinpoche, along with many others. She has been very fortunate to do many meditation workshops and retreats. In 1996, Susan did a 3 month retreat at the private Oregon Summer retreat with the renowned Tibetan Yogi, Tulku Chagdud Rinpoche.

Susan taught Environmental Education for 13 years, which gave her a solid foundation in living a Green, Healthy and Mindful Living Lifestyle. Her Environmental Education expertise parallels much with Mindfulness teachings, including being Present, understanding that everything is interconnected and interdependent. She used to teach children how to walk quietly in the woods. Later on she learned to apply the same principles in teaching Mindfulness Walking Meditation. She would teach children how to sit still, communing peacefully in nature. Later, she learned that sitting still like a clear forest pool as taught in Zen Meditation is similar to what she taught in Environmental education to children . She also led vision quests and hiking camping trips to young teens, which was very similar to leading meditation retreats.

In the early 1990’s Susan lived simply by choice in a rustic solar powered home on a 400 acre sheep ranch community in Northern California. Susan has been fortunate to do extensive traveling, camping and hiking. She has learned much about natural healing, diet and nutrition for health and well-being. Susan lives with complex and disabling medical conditions. She is a Success Story and a Role Model due to living a Green, Healthy and Mindful Lifestyle, along with implementing integrative medical treatments and practicing daily Mindfulness Meditation. She enjoys organic gardening and cooking healthy, organic, whole foods meals. Her wealth of life experience and extensive Mindfulness Meditation practice has made Susan a very wise, compassionate, knowledgeable and a skilled psychotherapist and meditation teacher.