Carolina Huete-Lehman is a licensed psychotherapist, LMFT, CMT-P and Certified Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator, completed the FT3 InsightLA Facilitator Training Program. She is Latina, fluent in Spanish, born in Nicaragua. She immigrated to the Los Angeles, California at a young age in 1963, she is multicultural and bilingual, her pronouns are she, her, hers.
Carolina’s profession and education both as a psychotherapist and mindfulness meditation facilitator, as well as her personal growth, have led her to develop specialties in the areas of facilitating mindfulness meditation groups to a diverse population. She developed and provides an Aging Mindfully Meditation and Support Group for the past five years, which she started through her psychotherapy practice in the Glendale and Silverlake area of Los Angeles. Currently and for the past 23 years, she has been director of the Employee Wellness and Stress Reduction Services at Glendale Adventist Hospital, where she facilitates groups and individual stress reduction and work fatigue prevention sessions for both clinical and non clinical staff.
Carolina is a mindfulness meditation facilitator at InsightLA, facilitating some of the drop-in morning sits at the East Hollywood facility. She is also a facilitator with the Insight in Action program at InsightLA, facilitating meditation groups in Spanish to the Latino community.
Carolina’s mindfulness meditation practice began through the interest in Interpersonal Neurobiology at one of Dan Siegel MD’s study groups. It was then, approximately 16 years ago, that she met Trudy Goodman, PhD when she introduced what was then her new center InsightLA to the group. At the time her interest in meditation stemmed from her professional experience as a clinician specializing in trauma survivors treatment, Mindfulness Meditation soon became her personal spiritual path to cultivating compassion, awareness and insight. Carolina has since found a home for her mindfulness practice at InsightLA, where she has been mentored by many of the senior teachers.
Carolina has participated in all the core training courses at InsightLA such as MBSR with Christiane Wolf, PhD, Lisa Kring, LCSW, and MSC with Beth Mulligan and Lisa Kring, LCSW, Calming the Mind and Essentials of Mindfulness with Beth Sternlieb. She is a graduate of the Facilitator Training with Trudy Goodman, PhD and Maureen Shannon-Chapple, she recently completed the Dedicated to the Dharma Program with Beth Sternlieb, Eric McCollum, Allyson Pimentel, PhD and Thomas Davis.
Carolina feels fortunate to have had extensive experience and training courses with Jack Kornfield, PhD, Tara Brach, PhD, and completed the Power of Awareness certificated course. She considers a life changing experience participating in a seminar with Thich Naht Hahn at UCLA in 2005.
Carolina has attended silent retreats through InsightLA with senior teachers who continue to inspire her to follow this path of deep learning and understanding of the many facets of life with resilience and gratitude.
She continues to be a student and practitioner of mindfulness and the dharma with a beginners mind.
The following prose of a poem is a reminder of some of the insights I’ve learned through the practice of mindfulness:
‘Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing and gave it up, and took my old body and went out into the morning and sang.’ Mary Oliver