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“Since I have been coming to see Shelly, I am getting happier and happier every day.” 

 — S.A., Albuquerque, NM, Age 10

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Professional Testimonials:​​

"I can hardly put into words just how much taking your seminar meant to me.  I mean this from the bottom of my heart.  The combination of wisdom, heart and personal sharing that you offered was truly beautiful and inspirational to me and I learned more on a theoretical and practical level than I can express.  Please keep me posted on your teaching schedule.  I would head out to Boulder in a "New York Minute" to take one of your seminars again.  I truly look forward to learning from someone as gifted as you.  Thank you once again for all the gifts you gave me in New York City.  I'll take them with me always."

— Jim Windus, LMHC New York City, New York

“What Shelly has brought to Sage Neuroscience Center is beyond anything that we ever dreamed possible.”
— Robert Sher, Psy.D, LMFT, Director of Therapy Services, Sage Neuroscience Center, Albuquerque, NM


“Shelly is a healer.  If you are open to being transformed, she can help you find your path.”
— Bill Lucht, Professor of Psychology, Blue Ridge Community & Technical College, Martinsburg, W. VA

“It was clear to me that Shelly’s presentations were rooted in solid knowledge of the subject matter as well as firmly grounded in her experience. She practices what she preaches.”

— Elene Loecher Renewal Center Program Coordinator, Hazelden Foundation Center City, MN

“There is no doubt in my mind that Shelly is on a path toward making socially significant contributions to the welfare of others.”

— Ernest L. Rossi, PhD Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, Los Osos, CA

“Of my 30 plus years of attending trainings, Shelly is absolutely one of the best presenters.  A very gifted person!”
— R.D., Seattle, WA

“I just wanted to say that your seminar was truly excellent. You have a great gift of clarity, making complex concepts very down to earth and practical. Your discussion about mindfulness and suffering and how the techniques can help one to allow difficult emotions to pass through was really the best I have heard.  Thanks for a very valuable day!”
— Martin Cohen, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Bronx, New York

“I tried the techniques I learned from Shelly with my borderline/schizoaffective client. As my client agitatedly paced around my office, I taught her the Unified Mindfulnesss technique. Within fifteen minutes she was calm and free of the urge to self-harm.”

— Radhe Rohr, LCSW, Valentin Clinic, Wauwatosa, WI​

“I have been a practicing clinical social worker for seventeen years and I attended your conference in Frederick, MD a few months ago. I am currently a therapist at Shepherd University.  The Unified Mindfulness System techniques are some of the most effective tools I have ever used.   They are so versatile in their application and the students I work with are having dramatic success. I have attended many workshops over the years but I have never learned something so useful as I did at your workshop. I have recommended the book Break Through Pain, written by your colleague Shinzen Young, to many. Just wanted to say thanks on behalf of my clients and myself.”

— R.J., LCSW, Shephard University, Frederick, MD


"I have been meditating on and off all of my life, but recently Shelly taught me how to meditate using the "Focus on Rest" method and I have been doing it just about everyday.  At my last visit to my dentist for a cleaning, my jaw was really hurting because I had to keep my mouth open a long time.  I started meditating and found that I was able to relax and focus and my jaw stopped hurting.  The meditation put me in a totally different space and I no longer even thought about how much pain I was previously in during the cleaning.  I also used  Shelly's method of meditation when I was experiencing some migraine-like flashing lights in my eyes and the symptoms cleared up very quickly when I meditated and was able to relax through the fear."

—Jan D., O.M.D, LAc,  Los Angeles, CA


“When I share at AA meetings, I often talk about how very much you helped me to recover from alcoholism. Your words, presence and credibility allowed me to admit to my innermost self that I am an alcoholic. The mindfulness meditation that you taught me put me in conscious contact with a Power greater than myself–which provides me a daily reprieve from alcoholism. Your guidance is the foundation of my six years of sobriety. With deepest gratitude and respect, I thank you. I send you blessings every day of my life.”

— Steve M., Denver, CO


“The meditations that Shelly taught me were very effective for dealing with two painful cancer surgeries as well as a recent (2013) problem. I've had a problem with nail biting ever since I was a little boy. It's usually exacerbated by stress and changes. Shelly gave me the tools to deal with this life-long problem. In the next 60 days, I'll be able to send a picture of ten nails on two hands that are neat, trimmed and a 'normal' length.”

— Roger C., Creative Director, Laramie, WY


"Like so many other people, the idea of any dental work (even the basic teeth cleaning) is an anxious time for me. I have been using the mindfulness training from Shelly Young during my dental appointments and the time flies by.

"The Unified Mindfulness techniques have made my time in the dental chair a lot better. I am more relaxed so pain is decreased and I can also focus on something besides what they are doing in my mouth. My state of being when I leave is much better and more conducive to a better day then my previous experiences with dental work prior to mindfulness training/practice."

—L.T., Albuquerque, NM


“I came to see Shelly wanting to shift some long standing patterns of emotional response in relationships.  I accomplished my goal and the work shifted things at such a fundamental level.  Thus I am able to meet some of the most difficult events in human life and find greater resources of presence, compassion and inner freedom instead of greater suffering.  My capacity for joy is increasing daily and the other practices that support me seem to be working so much better.   The possibility of such an endeavor was not so real until I worked with Shelly.”

— Dr. Lawrence Conlan, Boulder, CO


“I had seven sessions with Shelly over a period of three months.  When I started, I was terrified of my emotions and feared that I would end up like my mom who had been institutionalized for serious psychiatric problems. I was also terribly distraught and overwhelmed by family issues.  In my 7th session I was able to experience some powerful emotions without being overwhelmed.  That was my last session since I felt that I could work on my own.  It is now a year since I ended therapy and not only has my life continued to improve but I’m actually becoming the kind of person I’ve always wanted to be. ”

— K.L.  Boulder, CO


“Thank you for your presentation in Columbus and thanks for sharing your story.  The seminar was a life-transforming experience for me.  I have been a binge eater for almost 40 years and have struggled with unhealthy fad diets with no success.  After observing your craving demonstration and then applying it to myself, I have found that my cravings have vanished.  I have been able to eat more healthful foods, to stop when I’m full and to stop obsessing about my weight.  It was so important to recognize the feelings in my body that accompany craving. Another benefit I received from you seminar is that the pain I have in my hip after driving has nearly disappeared and I’m not stiff and limping when I get out of the car.  I continue to practice the techniques for 5 minutes, 3 times per day. Again, many thanks!”

— C.C., Columbus, Ohio


“Out of all of the therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors I have met, Shelly is the only one that really helped me deal with my negative habits, and emotional pain. And for this I will be forever grateful. I came to see Shelly after deciding that at age 42, I did not want to continue this current course of dissatisfaction with my life and the way I dealt with feelings and problems.  Shelly introduced me to the Unified Mindfulness System.  I use the techniques every day of my life now and I know that unpleasant feelings are like waves.  They come and wash over me and go.  They do not have to stay around like a cesspool, fermenting, growing and stopping my progress.  Since using these methods I have been able to conquer fears, doubts and anxieties that prohibited me from truly growing and healing.”

— Yolanda P., Albuquerque, NM


“Shelly has helped me to find peace.  I first met Shelly five months ago after reading her book, Break Out of the Sugar Prison. I have gone from hiding in my kitchen, eating until my stomach hurt to feeling absolutely no craving for sugar.  More importantly, I have conquered my obsessive behaviors and feelings of self-hatred.  All of this came about through consistent practice of the methods Shelly taught me, combined with Shelly’s compassion, care and wisdom.   Now, I see my life in a completely different light.”

— E. Y., Niwot, CO​

“The mindfulness techniques I’ve learned from Shelly are helping me with urges to drink.  They are also helping me to avoid making poor and impulsive decisions.  I can bring the methods into my daily routine at home and at work and I feel so much more comfortable and secure within myself.”

— Robert J. Cox, Denver, CO

“I carried the cross of guilt, fear, anger shame and regret.  The negative thoughts were obsessive.  I cried out for help.  Everyone heard me loud and clear.  The lifelong prescriptions read: Lithium, Thorazine, Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, Librium, Zoloft, Lorazepam and Prozac.  The side effects were always much worse than the illness.  The negative thoughts came and I took another pill. Through persistence and good luck, I met Shelly Young.  She introduced me to one of the most powerful drugs I ever encountered:  “The Unified Mindfulness System” developed by Shinzen Young. Within the first week I was hooked.  It was working and I was managing my thoughts.  It works through practice.  By practicing even when you feel good, you prepare for the bad days and they become good days.  The best news of all is that there are no side effects from The Unified Mindfulness System.”

— Marten Griego, Award winning author of Leaving the House of Tears

"A blessing came into my life when I saw a flyer for Shelly's class and then signed up for it.  This has helped me face Crohn's Disease and also chronic pain from a spinal fusion.  Many thanks to Shelly!" 

—Janice Hart, Albuquerque, NM 

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