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Michael Shiffman, Ph.D., is a relational body therapist at the Insight Center in West Los Angeles. He founded LA Dharma in 1999 and co-founded the Insight Center in 2006. Michael has studied with numerous Western Buddhist teachers and currently studies with Rev. Hye Wol Sunim. He has been meditating since 1994 and teaching mindfulness and insight meditation since 2002.
Michael is a certified Neuroaffective Relational Model practitioner (NARM), a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with SE certification and substantial training in the use of touch for trauma resolution and attachment repair. Michael is completing his Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy certification (EMDR), and is training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Visit his website at http://michaelshiffman.com for more details.
Michael has an extensive background working with anxiety, panic, traumatic stress, substance abuse and recovery, relapse prevention, and somatic oriented therapeutic practices. He teaches meditation and somatic therapy. Michael is also a photographer whose work is shown on his website http://shiffmanphotos.com, enjoys cooking and is frequently happy in his life in Encino.
Juliet Soopikian, M.S., is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist (MFT #38746) in private practice in West Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of the Insight Center, and teaches mindfulness meditation and its application to personal and professional lives.
Prior to private practice, Juliet worked as a therapist in both in-patient and outpatient settings, including the Department of Health and Human Services for the City of Long Beach. She was Program Director of an acute outpatient program for Glendale Memorial Hospital, Social Services Coordinator and Counselor for a group home in San Gabriel Valley, Group and Family Therapist for a community clinic, Kaiser outpatient services, and a discharge Planning Coordinator for Kaiser’s inpatient psychiatric hospital.
Juliet is a near-death-experience survivor and lives with a chronic medical condition. These experiences enable her to have a more intuitive and a deeper sense of others’ challenges, and a profound compassion for each person seeking her help. She uses her psychotherapeutic skills and meditative practices to manage her chronic physical illness and pain and has developed a step-by-step approach to help others do the same. Her motto in life: “Helping one heart at a time.”
Joni Lavick, MFT, SEP maintains a private practice in Santa Monica. She is a clinical supervisor at Counseling West, and Antioch University, and works with families coping with addiction at The Canyon Recovery Center.
She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Joni’s philosophy and clinical practice is asset-based, integrates body and mind, and holds that it is the therapeutic relationship that heals. Her Universal Treatment Plan is the distillation of 25 years of training and experience to help clients grow through identifying strengths and enhancing resources.
Joni has been working with HIV positive individuals since 1988. In 2005 she received a National HIV Leadership Award from thebody.com. The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapists Association’s honored her expertise and advocacy in 2000, with their Annual Community Service Award. She is a former Director of Mental Health Services at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. She has over 20 years of experience treating individuals with sexual compulsivity, methamphetamine addiction, alcoholism and other substances, depression and anxiety. Currently she serves on the board of The Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment.
Joni has special training in the scoring and administration of Mary Main’s Adult Attachment Interview, studied Intersubjective Systems Theory with Robert Stolorow, and is certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner by Peter Levine’s Foundation for Human Enrichment.
Her publications include “Trauma and HIV: Frozen Moments, Frozen Lives” BETA, Spring 2008 and “Conquering Anxiety; Living with HIV” BETA, Winter 2007. An experienced public speaker she has presented at many national conferences, university classrooms, and community based organizations.
Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY8853) in private practice in Santa Monica. She is a Visiting Professor at Italian Universita Niccolo Cusano London and a Research Associate at the Institute for Fractal Research in Kassel Germany. She is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where as Community Outreach Co-Chair, she co-created and curates an annual exhibition of visual and performance arts, “Mirrors of the Mind: The Psychotherapist as Artist.” Dr. Marks-Tarlow is a member of the Insight Center teaching faculty.
Dr. Marks-Tarlow has authored and co-edited numerous books, including Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy (2018, Norton), Truly Mindful Coloring (2016, PESI), Awakening Clinical Intuition (2014, Norton), and Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy (2012, Norton), andPsyche’s Veil (2008, Routledge), all of which she has illustrated herself. Dr. Marks-Tarlow has presented workshops and seminars internationally and nationally, including a 2012 a conference at the Tavistock Institute in London relating to her second book, Psyches Veil, on nonlinear dynamics, and the 2015 UCLA Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference.
Dr. Marks-Tarlow embodies the balance of life between play, imagination and creativity through her dance, art and yoga. Her creativity also has been expressed musically, through writing opera librettos with Juilliard teacher and composer Jonathan Dawe. Her first opera, “Cracked Orlando”, premiered in New York City in 2010 with a ballet. Her second opera, “Oroborium” is scheduled to premiere at Lincoln Center in April, 2018. For more information visit her website at http://markstarlow.com
Rev. Hye Wol Sunim was first ordained in Sri Lanka in 1977 and took robes in the Korean Zen tradition in 1984. Rev Sunim studied with Buddhist masters in Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Australia, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. He arrived in the United States in 1991 where he translates Pali texts and teaches from the early discourses of the Buddha. Rev. Sunim founded the Meditation Center for Zen Communities (MCZC) and has created a Meditation Center in Pearblossom California. He is the guiding dhamma teacher for The Insight Center.