About Arlene Gordon

Since her first exposure to mindfulness, Arlene Gordon found the practices to be personally transformative. Realizing how much time is spent thinking about the past and worrying about the future was eye opening. Realizing the amount of tension carried in the body, and how so much suffering can be alleviated by changing the way we relate to it was so hopeful. She has since dedicated her professional work to sharing mindful awareness practice with others. It has been her great joy to join individuals of all ages, with all the challenges life presents, as they recognize and embrace the possibility of living with more ease, well being and joy.

Dr. Gordon received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1988 and maintains a private practice for adults and adolescents in Summit, N.J. and on the Upper West Side of New York City. She is currently training at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, for the treatment of trauma.... "because words are not enough!"

Arlene Gordon is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. She obtained her certification after years of personal practice, experiential trainings, retreats, and supervision at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She has facilitated more than 30 cycles of MBSR, teaching at the Chambers Center for Well Being in Morristown, NJ and at Montclair State University.

Dr Gordon developed a mindfulness course for college students, Mindfulness: Theory and Practice, which is now part of Montclair State University's Family Science and Human Development curriculum. She completed a year long Mindful Schools intensive, focusing on mindfulness with children and adolescents. She offers Mindful Teens programs for middle and high school students which may be taken as part of a group or individually.

MBSR alumni refresher course

MBSR graduate get together, open to all of us who have completed the mindfulness based stress reduction course. This is an opportunity to continue mindfulness practice or perhaps to begin again.  We will start by practicing together. We will have an opportunity to continue learning, to share experiences, and to simply be with the support of the group. Please sign up in advance below because there is limited space. 

Mindfulness and Compassion workshop

This 6 week workshop provides an opportunity for practicing, sharing and continuing to learn about mindfulness and compassion for beginning meditators, those beginning again, and those with consistent practices. Please sign up. Class size limited.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR uses meditation, yoga and inquiry as a way of training people to relate differently to stresses in their lives and in fact, relate differently to each moment of their lives. Research indicates many people who complete this program report a greater ability to cope more effectively with short and long term stressful situations; an increased ability to relax, lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms; and most importantly a greater energy and enthusiasm for life.

Please contact the Chambers Center for Well Being to sign up for the next class.

Mindfulness full day retreat

This day provides an opportunity for extended practice for those currently enrolled in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course as well as MBSR graduates. If you are a graduate, please let me know if you'd like to join.

Mindful Teens

"AS LONG AS YOU'RE BREATHING, THERE'S MORE RIGHT WITH YOU THAN WRONG WITH YOU" JON KABAT-ZINN

This workshop is intended to strengthen attention and emotion regulation, cultivate wholesome emotions like gratitude and compassion, expand the repertoire of stress management skills, and help teens integrate mindfulness into daily life. Just as we might do strength training for our bodies at the gym, consider these sessions as a form of "inner strength training". The workshop is adapted from the Learning to Breathe curriculum, by Trish Broderick. Each lesson includes age-appropriate discussion, activities, and opportunities to practice mindfulness. We use the acronym BREATH to bring attention to our Body, Reflections(thoughts), Emotions, Attention, Tenderness(being kind), and Healthy Habits. Please dress in loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and water.
This workshop is offered for teens ages 12-17yrs. Feel free to contact Dr. Gordon for more information.

New York City office opening

New location, 110 West 96th Street, Suite 1D, is open!

Private mindfulness based psychotherapy, individual and small group mindful tools training.