About Dr. Laurel Herbai Schlosser
After earning my doctorate in ecopsychology in 1997, my work as a practitioner has included addiction treatment and recovery specialization, clinical crisis intervention, spiritual and life skills guidance, education and coaching, and herbal practices. Ecopsychology is my passion and I imbue all of my teaching, coaching, guidance, and emotional support both of students as well as clients based on this perspective.
My experience in academia is as extensive as my work in mental, physical, and spiritual health. During my 15 years as a senior lecturer and adjunct professor, I taught a wide range of courses at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as other New England-area colleges and universities, before working as a mental health professional in the Portland, Oregon area and eventually relocating to San Diego to focus on independent therapeutic services. My communication style is both effective as well as non-dogmatic, and allows me to reach easily across generations and cultures. Through my experiences and background as student, professor, mental health professional, and ecopsychoIogy practitioner, I have developed the ability to communicate, engage, and empathetically connect with individuals of diverse cultural, social, and religious backgrounds, including varied ages, genders (including non-binary genders), and sexual orientations.
My graduate and post-graduate research includes ancient Celtic and Megalithic studies, non-traditional fields of research, human health, dialectical thinking, educational issues, eco-rhythms, holotropic breathwork, advanced astrology, the science and art of herbalism, yoga, and tai chi.
I feel that life is a process and, as such, is better lived with at least some modicum of consciousness and sense of personal accountability. We live in a very short-sighted society that seems overwhelmed by the fast-paced environment we have created. This is especially evident in the public’s willingness to accept the current medical model of psychiatric treatment and diagnosis of mental illness disorders that may be, in fact, a direct result of our disconnection from nature. I came to this conclusion after many years' experience working within the mainstream medical model of psychiatric treatment as a mental health professional as well as a crisis and addiction specialist. In consideration of this, I believe my purpose is to help others better navigate life’s challenges and vicissitudes and that this may best be done using holistically-based mindfulness techniques and practices.