Mary Martin, PhD is a Brown University-trained teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor. She practices and has advanced training in Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (extensive training with David Treleaven). She also holds a doctorate from New York University’s School of Teaching and Learning, where she focused on Assessment and Evaluation. She has been in the orbit of the financial planning industry for two decades: writing, editing, developing curricula and assessments, and consulting on systems, processes, and operations.
Mary has been bringing mindfulness to all ages for a decade and is a firm believer that proper mindfulness instruction and skillful inquiry are necessary for optimal experience and outcomes. Although she believes almost everyone can benefit from the gold standard 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, she realizes that not everyone is interested in or able to commit to the level of time and energy required to complete it. In addition, as the part-time Learner-in-Chief with the Sudden Money Institute and the Financial Transitionist Institute, Mary understands the challenges financial planners regularly face when dealing with clients, particularly when they (the advisor and/or the client!) are going through major life transitions.
Mary created Mindfulness for Financial Planners to give planners the opportunity to learn mindfulness in a way that would be beneficial to them and their clients, through a structure and format that would be most accessible given their priorities and the demands on their attention.
Mary’s primary concern is helping people of all ages develop the inner resources they need to face challenging times and ordinary times. These resources include self-awareness, resilience, inner and outer listening, a healthy, intentional identity that is aligned with behavior, and an expansive capacity to sit with uncertainty, ambiguity, and change.
She is a frequent speaker at events for educators, parents, and financial advisors, and is the Public Member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA).