Elisabeth Janz Mayer-Rieckh holds a Masters in Counseling and is trained as a social worker as well as a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (a brain / body oriented trauma response model). She further completed a Masters degree in Gender and Development Studies and for many years worked with humanitarian organizations in countries faced with forced displacement, including Hong Kong, Cambodia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, focusing on the plight of refugees and victims of war and trauma. Accredited as a professional counselor with the Swiss National Counseling Association and certified as a Parenting Trainer, she offered individual counseling to adults and adolescents in private practice in Geneva, and facilitated numerous parenting courses over the years.
After years of yoga and meditation practice, Elisabeth was introduced to the practice of mindfulness in 2008, when she participated in the 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. A regular mindfulness mediation practice has become a central pillar in her life ever since. She trained as a MBSR teacher with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, completing the Teacher Development Intensive course in 2011 and is continuing to engage in supervision with senior instructors from CFM. Before moving to the United States, she had been co-teaching MBSR on a regular basis in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2010, Elisabeth predominantly offers MBSR in the Westchester area of New York. She also teaches at Guilda’s Club to groups of people living with cancer and their caregivers. She shares a private practice as a mental health counselor in White Plains, NY.
Raised and educated in Austria, The Netherlands, England and Switzerland, Elisabeth is fluent in German, Dutch, English and French. The subsequent exposure to a number of countries beyond Europe have further broadened her understanding of non-western cultures, different belief systems, values and customs and helped her cultivate a cultural sensitivity that continues to inform her work with people. Motivated and inspired by her personal mindfulness meditation practice and her clinical- and somatic experiencing training, an integrated approach that recognizes the interplay of body and mind in health and illness increasingly informs and guides also her clinical work with adults.
Elisabeth is married and a mother of four children.