Jean Esther, MSW, LICSW, is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Northampton MA, specializing in a mind-body approach in the healing of trauma. At the root of her work is over 40 years of training in meditation practice. She teaches in the Buddhist tradition at the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley ( in Western MA and IMS (Insight Meditation Society) in Barre, MA ( as well as across the US and Canada. In addition, she is a Continuing Ed faculty in the Smith College School of Social Work. Her work is also informed by training in Jungian Psychology, Somatic Experiencing, and physical theatre. Jean’s email is