Coming up in April we have two teleconferences being offered by two of our TCME board members. We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Char Wilkins, MSW and Cheryl Wasserman, MA, LPC, NCC. Char will be offering "Happy Food"
on April 14th and Cheryl will be leading a teleconference titled "What is Mindful Eating"
on April 24th.
is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and groups incorporating the intention and skills of mindfulness as a foundation from which to explore one’s life. She specializes in working with stress-related physical and emotional issues, with women who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma, and those who suffer with depression, anxiety and disordered eating.
Char recently had an article on mindfulness and women who have experienced childhood abuse published in one of her profession's publication, Social Work Today. In the article, Mindfulness, Women, and Child Abuse: Turning Towards What Is Difficult
, she writes about the intersection of abuse and disordered eating. She plans to publish a second article this year specifically on mindfulness and eating disorders.
Char maintains a longstanding personal meditation practice and is currently studying Qigong and Taijiquan. She writes: "Mindfulness meditation is about cultivating a gentle curiosity about yourself. Most of us go through life on "automatic pilot." Being mindful is about being less in the future and past, and more in the present moment so that your life doesn’t pass you by. It’s learning to focus your mind when and where you want it, and about becoming less judgmental and more trusting of your own wisdom so that you can make wiser choices about your life."
Char is the owner/director of A Mindful Path, LLC
which was created to provide programs that allow people the opportunity to explore ways to live more mindfully. "Mindfulness is learning to pay attention in a non-judgmental way, in the present moment to our thoughts, emotions and physical sensations, which in turn allows us the possibility of choosing how to respond rather than react to people and events in our lives. Being mindful is a way to connect your mind and body so that you can fully engage in life, enjoy each day, and take care of yourself."
is a psychotherapist who owns Alliance Therapy Associates and is a partner in Westport Wellness Group. She teaches mindfulness for the treatment of depression, anxiety and stress. She also trains other psychotherapists who wish to incorporate mindful eating into their life and professional practice.
Cheryl began meditating 30 years ago. She maintains a daily mindfulness practice in an effort to bring genuine mindfulness to her work with others, especially as applied to eating. Cheryl was put on her first diet when she was 5 years old. She describes beginning her “dieting career” of one form of suffering after another until she began her meditation practice, mentioned above.
"I began to meditate in order to deal with the stress of going back to college to get my Master’s degree in counseling with 2 young children. For the first time in almost 30 years, food and eating began to recede into the back of my mind. Without effort, weight began to fall away. As I’ve looked back on my situation, I believe that my meditation practice allowed me to see my maladaptive patterns without judgment (on my “good” days) and to get in touch with my Wiser Self to make choices informed by what my body was telling me."
In her private practice of 25 years
, Cheryl has primarily specialized in weight management. She uses a non-diet approach believing that mindful eating really helped her clients settle down to observe their relationship to food without self-recrimination.
Please join us in celebrating both of these mindful eating practitioners by attending one of their teleconferences this month.
April 14, 12 pm EST Happy Food
April 24, 1 pm EST What is Mindful Eating