About Dr. Heineman

Individual Psychotherapy

Defining Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Classes (MSBR)

Mindfulness Resources

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For many years, people who are a lot like you have chosen
to become active participants in their own health and
well-being through the practice of Mindfulness.

Now, you can, too ...



There are no classes currently scheduled

An "Awareness" Approach
to Improving the Quality of Your Life
We live in stressful times. The pace of life is fast and intense for most of us -- uncertainty, endless change, and a very high number of demands now seem to be the norm in families, relationships, classrooms and workplaces. These persistent everyday challenges can and often do adversely affect our psychological and physical health and well-being.

In this course you are invited to learn to be active in counteracting the effects of this. A powerful body of research indicates that individuals who complete this kind of course report:

An ability to cope more effectively with
both short and long-term stress
An increased ability to relax
Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
Lasting decreases in both psychological and
physical symptoms

Excerpts from Class Evaluations

When you enroll, you will learn:

How to face change and difficulties with greater ease
Methods for being physically and mentally relaxed and at ease
Gentle, full-body exercises to strengthen
your body and release muscular tension
Practical coping skills to improve your
ability to handle stressful situations
How to become more aware of the
relationship between mind and body
in managing your well-being

This stress reduction program is modeled after the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. It includes 30 hours of class, 4 practice cd's, a textbook, a workbook, and individual orientation and exit interviews. The class sessions include 8 weekly 2-hour sessions, plus one all-day session on a Saturday.

The class is grounded in experiential learning, including the practices of Body Scan, several forms of Meditation (Sitting, Walking, Lying Down), and gentle simple hatha yoga movements. I suggest that you wear practical clothing such as sweats or workout clothes that are comfortable and allow the body to move and breathe without restriction. In order to respect the possibility of allergies in the group, please do not wear fragrances of any kind.

This course is both challenging and life-affirming. It requires a commitment to yourself and to your classmates to attend regularly and to engage the practices daily for 45-60 minutes.

For more information on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, please visit the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Stress Reduction page.

This class is designed for adults age 18 and up.

For more information about the program, or to enroll,
please contact Dr. Heineman at 269.345.7101.
Classes form on a regular basis in Spring and Fall.

The cost of the program is $395, and can be paid by cash or check. Scholarships are sometimes available.

Carolyn Heineman is a licensed psychologist in private practice. She has practiced various forms of meditation and other contemplative practices for over 20 years, and has completed a 7-day professional training program in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction under the direction of Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. She has been teaching this material individually and in groups for over ten years.

Dr. Heineman currently specializes in the integration of meditative techniques into her work as an individual and relationship therapist. She also has over 25 years of experience in the high stress world of corporate business.



There are no classes currently scheduled

To register for the class, or to get more information, please phone me at 269.345.7101. An orientation interview is required prior to the first class session, so please begin the registration process at least three weeks prior to the start date of the class.
Classes often fill early, so don't delay.

... and remember to breathe ...


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