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About Barbara

Barbara Heffernan

Barbara Heffernan, LCSW, is the founder of the Awaken Joy online coaching programs to help people transform their lives without spending years in aimless, amorphous therapy. She is a life coach, psychotherapist, Buddhist and certified mindfulness meditation instructor.

Barbara's 27 years of experience with meditation and Buddhism and her 17 years as a private practice psychotherapist give her unique positioning in the online life coaching world. Because of her first career in investment banking, she's also unusual in her deep understanding of professionals in the corporate, financial and entrepreneurial world. Further, as a mother of three children, she has profound experience with the challenges of balancing career, home life and relationship with significant other.

She is the owner and founder of Mindful Psychotherapy, LLC, a private psychotherapy practice which helps people with anxiety, trauma and life transitions. She is an EMDR Approved Consultant, and provides supervision to other therapists learning EMDR.

She has studied meditation in Buddhist, Hindu and Shamanic traditions, and she has practiced meditation for more than 25 years. She took her Buddhist refuge vows in 2011 and her Bodhisattva vows in 2015.

Barbara began teaching mindfulness and meditation within clinical settings in 2001. She has led weekend workshops and continuing education workshops for other therapists on the topic of incorporating mindfulness in their therapy.

Barbara's YouTube Channel can be found under her full name.

Barbara has a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MSW from Southern Connecticut State University.