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I am a lifelong resident of Massachusetts and am from an Italian/Irish background. My meditation practice developed after I sat beside a dear friend as she died of a rare cancer. Her journey towards death was held in a path of love due to her meditation practice. I always told her "Italians can't meditate" given my sometimes restless temperament. She persisted and I am eternally grateful to her. I was trained in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program and wove mindfulness into my life as a parent of three young children and my psychotherapy practice. I was trained by Chris Germer and Kristen Neff in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and felt that my life personally and professionally were coming together. Teaching MSC felt like a natural next step. I feel privileged to love what I do and to share this meaningful practice.