Meet our team

In 2007, I discovered Nonviolent Communication and began a lifelong journey of mindfulness. I became aware of how my thinking impacts what I say and do, and the ripple effects it has on others. This led me to become a certified Mindfulness Instructor with Mindful Schools, a Making Friends with Yourself Teacher, and a graduate of David Treleaven’s The Complete Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Training.

I love to work with teens as these are such formative years. Currently, I work with high school students; helping them find ways to cope with the stresses of school and life. Supporting them in becoming aware of the causes of their stress opens up a doorway to explore the skills and tools needed for increased mental well-being.

Marina Barnes

Wellness Coach, MFY Teacher, and Director of Youth Programs at CMSC

I have always been fascinated by how human nature can endure the emotional and physical battles that life may throw at a person and how they may react.

Due to this curiosity, I have dedicated my career for the past 8 years as a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in supporting a variety of different family populations varying from age range of 2- 22 years of age , and exploring different ways of helping others.

It is a desire of mine to want to help guide people who are in need of a stronger emotional foundation.

I have recently begun my journey since with Mindful Self Compassion in 2020; in supporting adolescents in navigating and establishing their place in society in a more gentle capability.


Alexandera Espinosa 

LMFT 98559

“It helped me accept a lot of things about myself I can’t control.”

“I’ve learned to appreciate more of what I have in my life.”

“I am definitely less tense / more relaxed after the mindfulness lessons.”

“I used to be less accepting of my flaws, but now I’ve learned to appreciate myself better.”