Lawrence Edwards, PhD
Founder, OPTIMAL MIND®
Licensed Psychotherapist (LMHC)
Board Certified Neurofeedback Senior Fellow
Certified Hypnotherapist (CHT)
Transform your mind, transform your life®
Dr. Edwards retired from clinical practice in 2021 and now continues to train people in meditation. He also mentors people on their spiritual paths related to meditation, yoga, Buddhist practices and Kundalini.
He is a Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, certified in neuro-biofeedback since 1998. For years Dr. Edwards served on the board of directors of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society and as the president. His publications include chapters on the clinical applications of biofeedback and meditation for migraines and fibromyalgia in the Barnes and Noble Health Basics series of books and articles on biofeedback and mindfulness meditation. He has worked with a former Olympic coach, using biofeedback to train elite swimmers from the US and Europe.
Dr. Edwards was awarded his PhD in Psychoeducational Processes, clinical psychology track, in 1986 by Temple University, where he was honored as a University Scholar. He was the vice-president and assistant executive director of a private Jungian psychiatric treatment center for young adults and has been in private practice since 1989, offering transpersonal psychotherapy and meditation training. In 1997 he began practicing biofeedback and neurofeedback. He was board certified in neurofeedback by the BCIA in 1998. He was on the faculty of New York Medical College as a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine from 1998-2022 when he retired. Dr. Edwards was certified in hypnosis (CHT) in 1991 by the New York Society for Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy (NYSEPH).
Dr. Edwards was recruited by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to join their staff in July 2010, as the Integrative Care Clinical Program Manager to develop an integrative care outpatient program for children. Afterwards, he returned to private practice, opening an OPTIMAL MIND® Training center in Cincinnati where he focused on offering biofeedback, neurofeedback, peak performance, mindfulness, and meditation trainings until May 2013. He then returned to New York and continued to offer these services in his Armonk office until he retired from clinical work in 2021. He continues to teach meditation and offers spiritual direction to adults.
Dr. Edwards has an extensive background in yoga, mindfulness and meditation. He has run meditation centers and an ashram (a residential meditation center) in the United States and he has taught at a variety of institutions in Canada, India and the United States. He has taught meditation internationally for over 45 years and trained teachers in numerous meditation approaches. He has offered seminars on the science and art of meditation at hospitals, universities, businesses, and professional conferences.
Dr. Edwards is the founder and director of Anam Cara Meditation located in Bedford, NY. It is dedicated to teaching meditative practices from a variety of approaches to any one who wants to gain the tremendous benefits that meditation offers. He offers twice monthly meditation sessions open to everyone via Zoom sponsored by the Anam Cara Meditation, in addition to courses and weekend retreats. He has taught thousands of people around the world to meditate. You can learn this invaluable practice and incorporate it into your daily life. Visit thesoulsjourney.com for more information about the books he’s authored and the meditation programs he offers.