Janet Curry, MA, MSt, LPC, Certified MBSR Teacher, founded Stillpoint in 2006 as a private practice offering counseling and Mindfulness-Based training programs in Durango, CO and the Four Corners region.

Janet is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado; she received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University and her BA from Williams College.  One of the first 130 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers globally to have been certified by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness (CFM) in Medicine, Health Care and Society, Janet was also one of 30 Certified MBSR teachers around the world to complete the CFM’s year-long inaugural ‘Train the Trainer’ program.  The CFM is where MBSR began, and is the oldest, largest, continually running MBSR clinic and teacher training organization in the world.

An ardent practitioner, student and teacher of Mindfulness-Based Programs, in 2018 Janet completed a second Master’s degree program in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, from which she graduated with their highest mark of ‘Distinction.’

Trauma treatment is an area of personal passion and expertise.  Janet is fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), a highly effective, evidence-based treatment for trauma.  The understanding of trauma and exploration of effective treatments is evolving rapidly; thus Janet has twice completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies with the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute led by world-renowned trauma expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, MD.  She is currently engaged in the 3-year training in Somatic Experiencing, a somatic treatment approach for resolving trauma.  She is also bringing her Master’s research in Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness to the community through presentations and workshops.

Before moving to Durango in 2006, Janet began her work at a Seattle community mental health clinic. Since opening Stillpoint in early 2007, she has supported clients coping with a wide variety of mental/emotional and physical health challenges and conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, grief and loss, AIDS, addiction recovery, fibromyalgia, cancer, chronic pain, and multiple sclerosis. She has taught 34 MBSR & MBCT courses in Durango and the Four Corners area, including onsite at the Durango Cancer Center and in Telluride.   Over 600 individuals, ranging in age from 16 to 84, have participated in her courses.  Hundreds more have been introduced to mindfulness via her talks, presentations and workshops.

Other passions include theatre, music and the performing arts.  Janet is on the Board of Imaginary Friends, a local non-profit supporting Merely Players Theatre and 20 Moons Dance.  She has occasionally been spotted on stage herself.

Janet began her investigation of meditation and personal inquiry at age 16, when she enrolled in a course in Transcendental Meditation (TM). Ten years later, she was introduced to and fell in love with yoga; another decade down the road, after reading Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book on MBSR, “Full Catastrophe Living,” and ordering his guided meditations on, then, tapes, she began the practice of mindfulness meditation.  Her work today is grounded in these over three decades of personal experience, study and practice, and the privilege of offering these practices to others.  Her daily teachers include her two children, ages 19 and 23, her husband of 24 years, and the newest member of the family: Sammie the Rescue Pup.

MBSR can help you find 'home' again.
MBSR is a class about learning how to more successfully live life, and enjoy life, and share that joy with those around you. These are tools I haven't learned anywhere else. It is empowering as a health care practitioner to learn how to 'heal thyself
This class covers it all with a practical, simple and REAL approach to daily stress reduction--if/when you're ready to see yourself full-on.  I now feel I have a 'place' to just be free.
Janet's MBSR class has brought my awareness to how being kind to myself can and is changing my life - allowing more ease, peace, and joy. Janet's presence and compassion is amazing and beautiful. Thank you, Janet!