About Deborah

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Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW, has been inspired by children and families throughout her life. This passion has touched every facet of her career as a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, author, and artist. Now she has weaved experiences from her childhood growing up in El Salvador into her first book, The Magical Mindful Day.

A dedicated practitioner of mindfulness meditation for a decade, Deborah is currently an instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and of the Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT). She is also a trained Mindfulness Facilitator, having studied at the University of California Los Angeles’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, a partner of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Deborah feels equally comfortable as a teacher and a student. She has trained at some of the most widely recognized mindfulness programs in the world. Deborah completed the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) teacher certification program offered at the Compassion Institute in partnership with the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education of Stanford University (CCARE). She also attended the MBSR Teacher Training Practicum at the University of California San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. In addition, she is trained in the Mindful Schools curriculum. Deborah’s advanced professional training also includes attending workshops and seminars focusing on children’s health, emotional well-being, and development, with an emphasis on cultural diversity.

Once I learned to breathe with awareness, I felt alive and connected with everything.
— Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW

Deborah earned a master’s degree in social work with a specialization in military social work and veterans’ services from the University of Southern California and a master’s-level degree in psychology from the University Dr. José Matías Delgado, San Salvador. She has studied meditation with various Buddhist teachers in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at the Tushita Meditation Center in Dharamshala, India.

Deborah lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two daughters, and a wise cat named Thay.

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