Laura O'Loughlin, LMSW, is a full-time therapist with a private practice in Manhattan. She is a founder of the Brooklyn Zen Center, where she is a lay leader teaching buddhist practices, ethics and meditation. She is currently completing a multiple year training program at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, offering a body-oriented, talking therapy that integrates verbal techniques with body-centered interventions in the treatment of trauma, attachment, and developmental issues. She also studied at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy and the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. Prior to her full-time therapy practice she was on the clinical staff at Payne Whitney at New York-Presbyterian, where she used mindfulness and behavioral approaches to help clients reduce stress and alleviate depression and anxiety.

Before co-founding Brooklyn Zen Center, Laura trained and lived in various Buddhist communities since 1997, including Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery and San Francisco Zen Center. She was also Director of Austin Zen Center, where she studied the interface between eastern and western psychologies. She has extensive corporate and non-profit experience working on issues affecting woman, including women’s leadership development, balancing professional and personal roles, domestic violence, and issues related to sexual orientation.

Laura’s interests and expertise are in the following areas: 

  • Helping clients overcome anxiety and depression
  • Counseling clients experiencing grief and loss
  • Helping clients to foster their self-esteem
  • Supporting clients through role and life transitions
  • Facilitating exploration of spiritual concerns and needs
  • Helping clients resolve interpersonal and relationship problems
  • Leading mindfulness and meditation practices for individuals and groups




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