Mindfulness Aloud® isn't therapy, nor is it meditation.
So, what is it? Mindfulness Aloud® is a body-based process of turning toward what's challenging and relating to it in a curious, warm and welcoming way so that tension eases, wounds heal, vitality returns and a connection to oneself deepens and expands.
Change is possible.
My nervous system was shaped by a combination of developmental trauma and shock traumas; as a result, I lived with chronic anxiety, amped-up urgency, heightened sensitivity, heavy depression, and full body tension. Unfortunately, all of that helped reinforce what I once held as a core belief - I am bad, broken and wrong. Sound familiar?
If what I just shared resonates with you, then let me say right from the start there is nothing bad, broken or wrong with you. The patterns and habits we perceive as "bad," "wrong" or “in the way” are often healthy responses to an unhealthy environment and/or a traumatic experience(s). They're here for some good reason!
In other words, anxiety isn't bad or wrong ... it's functional! Maybe the conditions in your environment required you to be on alert and quick to anticipate the moves and needs of others. Or, perhaps you had to check out and live more in your head because what you were experiencing ... what you were feeling in your body was simply too much. For others, maybe your environment required you to please and appease as a way of avoiding conflict and maintaining connection. And for some, lashing out may have been your way of trying to protect yourself and reinforcing boundaries that were repeatedly violated. Often, we developed a mix of necessary adaptive strategies.
I get it. I know how frustrating it feels when the patterns you needed back then are the ones holding you back and keeping you stuck in the here-and-now. I’ve been there. And, change is possible!
Do you feel like your past is still too close? Are you wanting to live more freely and fully?
Wouldn't it feel great to live with more steadiness, clarity and ease?
I'd love to share with you a process that will enable you to live in a way that feels more authentic and true to who you are and what you want.
Lauren Taub Cohen
Click here to learn more about how Mindfulness Aloud® differs from therapy, guided meditation and life coaching.
When people say "This is a safe space," I bristle. I know they mean well, but my body responds with an I'll be the judge of that. I believe we feel safe when we have repeated experiences of feeling safe.
That's why I created the Mindfulness Aloud® Client Bill of Rights. Click here to read it.
What People Are Saying
"I have done various kinds of therapy, in addition to a whole range of somatic work. Of course, each approach had its plusses. However, I really had a breakthrough when I worked with Lauren. Her soothing presence and gift of weaving together Inner Relationship Focusing and Somatic Experiencing has had a transformative impact on me."
- Marjaneh Halati, UK
"I reached out to Lauren because I was experiencing so much anxiety from a situation at work. It felt totally out of my control and I was getting scared since I love and value my job tremendously. Throughout the session, I experienced such an opening and transformation. By the end of my time with Lauren, I had a plan, an action step, and felt so much relief."
- Jennifer, New Jersey
"I found traditional therapy harsh and full of judgment. I didn't like how therapists would try to fix me and how they tried to solve an issue they perceived as my problem. I often felt unheard and, at times, was frustrated when my sessions turned in a direction I found unhelpful or off track. I usually left my sessions feeling upset, foggy and wondering if I got anything out of them.
During my first session with Lauren, I felt completely heard and left my session feeling relaxed, energized and dare I say happy! It was as if a burden was lifted off my shoulders, heart and mind. I've continued working with Lauren and am in awe of this process. It's so effective, subtle and gentle! I've gone from feeling paralyzed by overwhelm, anxiety and self-doubt to feeling much more happy and relaxed. I'm now able to move forward and toward my goals."
- Theresa, North Carolina
"I really enjoyed working with Lauren, as she held the space in a very supportive and empathic manner. At the start of my session I was feeling a bit confused and overwhelmed and after my session ended I definitely felt a lot calmer and more open. Lauren has the capacity to be very gentle and unobtrusive, yet fully present whilst facilitating sessions. In fact something in me is in awe of her abilities."
- Adam, London
"When I saw Lauren for the first time I was in a very stressful season of life that involved a lot of change. A move across states, a career transition, and a breakup and I had lost access to many of my sources of grounding. The amount of big changes in quick succession landed me in a state of almost constant fight/flight and nothing seemed to be helping. I have seen Lauren many times since our first session and continue to be surprised by how she guides me to my own internal wisdom. I'm so very grateful for her process and feel it's been much more impactful for me than my decades long work with talk therapy."
- Ashley Paul, New York
“I’m often yearning to go deeper, to get unstuck, and to find my heart, but it’s challenging to connect with my emotions on my own. However, Lauren’s ability to facilitate a deceptively simple process with such warmth and sturdiness has helped me connect with myself and go deeper. Meaningful shifts have arisen - tension has released, expansion has increased, and I am able to take my space.”
- Carol J Turner, Edd Retired Counseling Psychologist, New Jersey
"I sought out Lauren, because I was immersed in an important life transition and I wanted to live more freely and present within it. In an unhurried, respectful and authentic way, Lauren helped me explore, acknowledge and stay with old feelings about a new situation in ways that naturally brought about healing, integration and deep respect for my earlier experience. A younger me felt seen, heard and understood by myself and by Lauren. There is something about this kind of deep listening, witnessing presence which is so transformative, especially in a 50 minute session.
When I am with Lauren, I do not feel like me or my life is a project that needs fixing. I am seen and accompanied as I am and that brings about inner change that lasts."
- Kayley, Canada
“I went through FOUR major life events so far this year, and it’s only September! Overwhelmed and exhausted, Lauren’s steady voice and intuitive process helped me get curious about, rather than judge, those parts of myself I’d rather ignore. I was immediately able to see why I’d been holding on to that which is already gone. Talk about freeing! That realization provided the deepest breath, creating space and such peace. I’m now more understanding and loving towards myself. Energized too. A win/win!”
- Jen, New Jersey
What do Mindfulness Aloud sessions look like?
Together we'll bring a curious, warm and welcoming attention to a stressful experience, challenging life situation or habitual way of being that’s interfering with your quality of life.
To help facilitate the process, I'll offer suggestions rooted in my Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner training as well as my Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) training. IRF is an experiential, body-oriented process of self-awareness and emotional healing developed by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin. And, Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and stress disorders developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine.
When working together, it’s important we respect your nervous system and its protective care as we create the conditions for the shifts you seek and the change you want. My motto is always - nothing too much, too fast, too soon. And, the dynamic is never I lead, you follow. While I’ll be facilitating your session and supporting you throughout your session, anything I offer is always a suggestion.
Some of the reasons why people have sought my support include struggles with:
overwhelm, stress, anxiety
experiencing/ allowing ease, joy, happiness
having to make a decision
creative blocks/ stagnation
feeling stuck and/or lost
self-criticism, judgment, doubt
addictive behaviors and habits
heartache, loss, grief
injuries, chronic pain
falling asleep, resting, pausing
unwanted/ unexpected change
upcoming surgery/ post-surgery
Sessions are 50-minutes long and conducted over Zoom.
First Session - $85
Future Sessions - $125
Package of 5 Sessions - $500
*A sliding scale is available. I don't want the cost of sessions to hinder access to the support you seek. So, please reach out and we can discuss options.
Contact me for a free, 20-minute consultation where we can talk and see if my services meet your needs.
* Please note, being guided through a Mindfulness Aloud® session by MetaMinds® is not psychotherapy or a substitute for psychotherapy. MetaMinds® is not diagnosing, prescribing for or treating any physical or mental ailments or conditions.