The Mindfulness Center

Private Meditation

Cultivate a balanced and powerful inner tranquility, through guided and customized meditation practice. You will discover the keys to releasing stress, anxiety, pain, grief or loss and discover peacefulness and joy.  Research shows that meditation has a powerful effect on your brain, balancing your biochemistry, improving self-regulation, moods, sleep, wellbeing and enhancing memory and cognitive

Aurora Hutchinson, M.A.

Aurora Hutchinson, M.A. teaches meditation and other wellness classes at The Mindfulness Center. She conducts corporate seminars and sees private clients seeking to learn meditation for stress management, improved health, career and family support. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology, specifically Psychopharmacology. In addition, Aurora is completing dissertation work for her Ph.D. in Psychology at American University, specializing in the Psychobiology of Healing. She has completed Meditation Teacher Training with Dr. Deborah Norris, Founder and Director of The Mindfulness Center, and is currently enrolled in TMC’s Yoga Teacher Training program. Aurora has also received training in Clinical Hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). Her passion as a scientist is not only in advancing the scientific knowledge of mind-body therapies, but also in promoting and practicing evidence-based, best practices of self-care in hospitals, wellness centers and corporate settings to empower and serve others.


60 minutes...............................
90 minutes...............................

Deborah Norris, Ph.D., C-IAYT, ERYT-500

Dr. Norris is the Co-Founder and President of The Mindfulness Center; and the Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program in the Department of Psychology at American University, where she has an appointment as Psychologist-in-Residence. She is author of In the Flow: Passion, Purpose and the Power of Mindfulness, and many other chapters and articles on mindfulness. Dr. Norris is trained extensively in mindfulness and related mind-body therapies, ranging from traditional medical and psychotherapeutic practices to holistic and integrative therapies and lifestyle practices. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialty in neurobehavioral sciences and related mind-body studies. Her studies include certification by the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and the International Alliance of Yoga Therapists. A health scientist with over 40 years of experience, Dr. Norris teaches and conducts research in mindfulness, behavioral medicine, and other complementary mind-body approaches to well-being. 

Dr. Norris is not available for appointments at this time.

Amanda Skowron, Psy.D.

Dr. Skowron specializes in mindfulness based interventions and stress management. She has a special interest in women’s health and working with college students. At TMC, Dr. Skowron oversees community and corporate programming for those interested in learning about mindfulness meditation and stress reduction. Dr. Skowron also sees individual clients and offers telehealth visits, in order to increase accessibility to meditation training.

For the last four years, Dr. Skowron has taught mindfulness and lifestyle interventions at Casey Health Institute, an integrative medical center that emphasizes mind-body interventions. Dr. Skowron graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology and sociology. She received both her Masters and Doctoral degree from the APA-Accredited clinical psychology program at La Salle University in Philadelphia where she served as Chief Extern. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh where her training focused on stress management techniques. Dr. Skowron has extensive specialized training in mindfulness-based therapeutic techniques. She has conducted research on mindfulness and published articles on postpartum depression. Her passion is to work with a clinical focus on prevention and wellness.

45 minutes.............$175


"I came to the mindfulness center in order to better deal with stress and mood swings... I walked out of there feeling relaxed and clam. I know this is going to be an ongoing process, therefore, I will definitely come back. Thanks to Aurora for her great meditation session." - F.R.