Trish Magyari, MS, CGC, MS, LCPC, RYT-200 is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, senior MBSR teacher, retreat leader, LifeForce yoga practitioner and genetic counselor based in Baltimore, MD, specializing in grief and trauma. She has a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling (1981), a second Master’s in Clinical Community Counseling (JHU, 2009), and is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Maryland. She has 39 years of meditation experience, has taught the MBSR 8-week series more than 60 times, and is trained in MBSR, MBCT and mindfulness-based psychotherapy. First trained in MBSR in 1987, she completed the UMASS MBSR Teacher Development Intensive, their highest level of training, in 2000; since then she has facilitated MBSR groups in 6 successful clinical trials at NIH, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. These studies documented MBSR as being potentially helpful for persons with chronic pain due to hereditary connective tissue disorders, for persons with arthritis, for at-risk adolescents, for adolescents who are HIV positive, and for women with complex PTSD due to childhood sexual trauma. Trish has recently writen a book chapter, "Teaching mindfulness to women with complex trauma" for the upcoming Mindfulness Techniques for Trauma Care (Guildford Press, Jan 2015). Please contact Trish for published results of these studies or the book chapter.
As a genetic counselor, Trish focuses on grief counseling, helping families and individual's adapt to chronic health conditions, and facilitating decision-making regarding genetic conditions and/or genetic testing in her private practice, now in Mt Washington. In addition, from 1997 - 2013 she trained Master's level genetic counseling students in psychosocial counseling skills, grief counseling, disability awareness, self-awareness, and self-care through the NIH/JHU Genetic Counseling Training Program as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the JHU Bloomberg School Of Public Health.
Besides Trish's academic credentials, she has studied both Eastern and Western forms of contemplative practice since adolescence and has been a longtime student of mind-body medicine. She has extensive training in many forms of meditation, yoga, guided imagery/visualization, bio-energetics, chanting, and authentic movement. Trish completed the LifeForce Yoga Level 1 Practitioner training in January 2011 and completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Baltimore Yoga Village in 2012. She is a practicing Quaker as well as a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) through which she has led a weekly Insight Meditation/mindfulness practice group for eight years as well as local retreats. Trish herself has sat many lengthy retreats, including two six-week retreats (1995 and 2007 at IMS). Retreat teachers include Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sylvia Boorstein, Sharon Saltzberg, Larry Rosenberg, Ajahn Amaro, Lama Surya Das, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh--who gave Trish the dharma name "Reverent Teaching of the Heart".
In collaboration with Diane Reibel, PhD, Trish has been leading retreats and trainings specifically for MBSR/MBCT teachers and others involved in bringing mindfulness into the world since 2004. Their successful year-long program, The Mindful Journey, supports other MBSR teachers, classroom teachers, doctors and therapists to deepen their practice both for themselves and in their work with others and is a model for this type of long-term training. The Mindful Journey includes opening and closing weekend retreats, bi-monthly day-long retreats, bi-monthly small group gatherings, weekly "buddy" meetings, and seven individual sessions with one the two teachers.
Trish and Diane also lead targeted retreats for women, including their April 2011 weekend mindfulness retreat for "Women Touched by Cancer". This retreat was for women diagnosed with cancer, women who are care-givers to persons with cancer, as well as women from hereditary cancer families.
During her year-long internship in clinical counseling at University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, Trish worked intensively with both individuals and groups with chronic health concerns using approaches steeped in positive psychology and mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She has adapted the MBSR course to be applicable to persons with chronic pain issues, for teens, and for those who have PTSD and trauma histories, frequently presenting her work at the annual UMASS MBSR conference.
In 2013, Trish was the Director of the Joy Wellness Center at Shepherds Clinic. There she oversaw the programming and operations of this large wellness center for an uninsured urban community in Baltimore City, as well as taught MBSR, Life Force Yoga, stress reduction and smoking cessation courses.
Trish has been offering professional trainings in mindfulness-based therapies, including a practicum, apprenticeship and supervision since 2004. Nearly 100 professionals have completed her 48 hour professional practicum in mindfulness-based therapies. Since 2009, Trish has been teaching the mindfulness component to first year medical students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the required Integrated Medicine course. She has also taught the MBSR course twice at the JH School of Nursing, as well as a practicum in mindfulness-based therapies for nursing faculty.
In the fall of 2014, Trish is a currently a co-creator and faculty of the 8-month program, Sacred Journey: Being Present with Aging, Illness and Dying/Death (IMCW); in private practice offering individual and group mindfulness-based therapy and MBSR; leading an MBSR intervention at JHMI for persons with migraines in an NIH funded study; developing a mindfulness-based intervention for mothers of infants in the NICU at JHMI; teaching in the Integrative Medicine course at JHMI; teaching a weekly drop-in IMCW meditation class and a weekly drop-in LFY class; and completing a chapter on Trauma-Informed Mindfulness for teachers of mindfulness-based interventions.
Trish delights in helping others to increase their sense of wholeness and well-being in the world, and to find peace and contentment in the midst of life’s difficult challenges.