Stacie L. Cooper, MA, PsyD, is a writer, editor, teen/young adult transition coach, and mindfulness (MBSR-T) and Pilates instructor. She currently works privately with teens and young adults in Orange County, CA and virtually as well using mindfulness and strengths-based approaches to life coaching and serves as the Outreach and Transition Coach for Stressed Teens.
Dr. Cooper earned both master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and has 16 years of experience as a counselor and coach with youth and young adults to help them explore, grow, earn, create, overcome, hope, and dream (e.g., Duke University’s student counseling center, Long Beach Job Corps, and an inpatient adolescent psychiatric ward in Los Angeles). Her doctoral dissertation was on the role of hope in therapy, and her enthusiasm for strengths-based approaches and prevention as well as working with adolescent girls led her to pursue a career in life coaching. As a certified instructor of MBSR-T and co-author of The Mindfulness Workbook for Self-Harm: Skills to Help You Overcome Cutting and Self-Harming Behaviors, Thoughts, and Feelings, she has led MBSR-T workshops both in middle school, high school, and community center settings in Orange County as well as online with Gina Biegel through Stressed Teens. She has also presented to parents and teens in her community on topics related to mindfulness, stress management, self-esteem, and identity.
Additionally, she is associate of the International Positive Psychology Association and has supported Girls Incorporated of Orange County since 2015 as a volunteer, career panelist/motivational speaker, keynote speaker for the Eureka summer camp for girls, and student mentor. She teaches Pilates, has been an academic and scientific editor/proofreader since 2009, and published a fiction novel (The Masks We Wear). See her website for more information: www.awareandthriving.com.