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Mindfulness and Anxiety Group

January 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Mindfulness and Anxiety Group:
A 7-week Training and Practice Experience

Michael Shiffman, PhD, LMFT

Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00 PM PST

January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10, 17, 2022

Somatically Safe via Zoom

per 7-week cycle

($50 per weekly session)

Use this link to register

This is a 7-week group that integrates mindfulness meditation, communication skills and emotional sharing.This is a hydrid group that integrates skill building, practice and here-and-now connections, and reactions to each other’s communication styles as a means for addressing anxiety. 

My theoretical orientation is present-time and mindfulness oriented, somatic and psychodynamically informed, and emphasizes relational and intersubjective processes. 

The group will start in October with 8-12 participants.

What:   Mindfulness and Anxiety Group
Where:   Zoom
When:   Seven Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00 PM PST
January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10, 17, 2022
Cost:   $350 ($50 per 90 minute session)
Contact:   Michael Shiffman, PhD, LMFT
310. 445. 2160


Mindfulness and Anxiety Group Goals:

  • To develop the basics of a mindfulness meditation practice;
  • To increase capacity for emotional regulation;
  • To increase capacity for somatic awareness (awareness of bodily sensations);
  • To express their widest range of feelings and thoughts, and to explore their emotional and somatic experience;
  • To actively engage problems, concerns and challenges that motivate group participation;
  • To put feelings into words, not actions, and express them skillfully to group members;
  • To receive and give feedback appropriately;
  • To enhance each participant’s capacity to express empathy while honoring our own needs and experience.

Mindfulness and Anxiety Group Guidelines:

  1. Regular and timely attendance is expected. Members agree to be present each week, to arrive on time, and remain throughout the entire meeting. If you cannot attend a particular meeting, please leave a message for me by phone at 310-261-5618.
  2. Confidentiality. Members will treat matters that occur in the group with utmost confidentiality. What is discussed in the group should remain in the group. This insures a safe environment for all group members to express their thoughts and feelings.
  3. Relationships. Members agree to use the group therapeutically and not socially while the group meets. There should be no contact among group members outside the group while the group meets and if such contact should occur it should be brought back and shared in the group.  After the group ends, participants have the opportunity to continue the relationships built during the group.
  4. Group process. Participating in a group can be anxiety provoking. Please share any concerns you have about the group to make your needs known. While it may feel uncomfortable to share your needs, it supports you and inspires others to do the same.
  5. Group Endings. This is a time-limited 7-week group.  Please join only if you intend to participate for the entire group.
  6. Group Distractions. Eating or audible devices should be avoided during group.
  7. Alcohol and Drugs. Please refrain from consumption of any alcohol or recreational drugs during the day the group meets.
  8. Group Fees.  Fees are charged at the time of registration for the 7-week cycle.  No refunds will be made after the group starts.

Michael Shiffman, PhD, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #122513) in private practice in Los Angeles.  Michael is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), a certified Neuroaffective Relational Model Therapist (NARM), a Level 2 PACT Couple Therapist, and is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  Michael is uniquely trained in the use of touch for trauma resolution and attachment repair.

Michael sees individuals and couples, and runs groups.  His clinical work is mindfulness based, somatically grounded and asset oriented.  He has a substantial background working with anxiety, panic, traumatic stress, substance abuse and recovery, relapse prevention, and somatic oriented therapeutic practices. He teaches mindfulness meditation, neuroaffective regulation and somatic psychotherapy

Michael received his PhD from the UCLA department of sociology.  His academic training includes conversation analysis, social movements, labor union history, gender studies, and social psychology.  His doctoral dissertation was on family trauma and posttraumatic stress among adult children of alcoholics.  He has worked in program evaluation, health care research, grant writing and has provided technical services at UCLA and through several private computer companies.

Michael began meditating in 1994 under the guidance of Shinzen Young.  He founded LA Dharma in 1999 through which he hosted a meditation group and coordinated 20 daylong retreats and two large conferences with teachers from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Center.  In 2002 he began teaching mindfulness meditation and has since taught beginning, intermediate and advanced meditation practices.  He studied with Shinzen Young and Jason Siff, and continues to practice with Rev. Hye Wol Sunim since 2002.  Michael loves to cook and is frequently happy at home in Encino California.  For more details visit his website at https://michaelshiffman.com.


January 6
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


CA United States