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Karen Beetle, LMHC Mindfulness Meditation

Karen Beetle brings clarity and steadiness of heart to her meditation teaching. Her introduction to formal practice was the eight week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course in 1995.

Since then she has been practicing and sitting with a variety of teachers in the Vipassana tradition including Sharon Salzberg, Eric Kolvig, Michelle McDonald-Smith, Rodney Smith and Sylvia Boorstein. She has been teaching MBSR since 2006 and offers short retreats, Days of Mindfulness, a MBSR Grad class, mindfulness for kids and wilderness meditation experiences. She is a psychotherapist in private practice working with kids, teens, and adults.

Karen Beetle began to explore the interface between meditation and psychology in the early 1990’s. Her first instruction to the practice of mindfulness meditation was taking the eight week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 1995. Through this experience, she found the empowerment and support needed to begin and sustain a meditation practice. She began to sit regularly with a local group practicing insight meditation and to attend ten day silent retreats.

In 2001, she graduated from Lesley University with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. The focus of her academic studies was contemplative psychotherapy. She has also received training in expressive arts. Karen currently provides counseling to adults, children and families through the Colonie Youth Center. She has a private practice in counseling, psychotherapy, and mindfulness. Currently, she teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and leads wilderness and traditional retreats. She blogged about mindfulness for several years for the Holistic Health blog at the Times Union and taught in the graduate counseling program at the College of St. Rose. She is a licensed mental health counselor in NYS and a nationally certified counselor.

Karen relies on the practice of mindfulness, as a parent, a counselor, and as a person. She believes deeply in the ability of this practice to offer stability, resourcefulness, and joy – no matter what life is presenting in the moment. It brings her great happiness to share this practice with others.

“By cultivating mindfulness, we cultivate the capacity to be present and open in the face of all that changes in our everyday experience.” —Karen Beetle, LMHC