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About Diana Shimkus, LCSW

Diana Shimkus, LCSW has been professionally trained through the University of Massachusetts, Medical Center from 1996 to present and has been actively studying, practicing and teaching MBSR and other mindfulness-related programs since that time.  Diana has devoted her life to the tenets of mindfulness in her personal and professional life and works diligently to offer mindfulness to all who might benefit.  

Diana also provides individual and couple’s psychotherapy through her private practice in Leucadia. Please contact her at: (760) 310-2920 to inquire further. Diana specializes in couples therapy and provides couples sessions of 75-90 minutes. If you are interested in the 45-minute contacts available through insurance only, Diana will refer you to therapists within your plan. Diana accepts several major insurances including: Aetna, Cigna, Optum, UHC and Blue Shield.

Diana offers mindfulness training to such organizations as:  Salk Institute, Vista Unified School District, Encinitas Community Center, San Dieguito Academy High School, La Costa Canyon High School, Jewish Family Services-Senior Center,  Community Resource Center, Leap to Success, Scripps Hospital, University of San Diego, American Medical Podiatrists of America,  law firms, bio-tech corporations, pharmaceutical groups, and support staff for various organizations throughout San Diego.


"I have a most heart-full aspiration to offer mindfulness in as many ways as possible to as many people as possible so that we can all benefit and contribute to greatest happiness and ease in our everyday lives.  It is my hope that you know you are not alone on the path to freedom from distress and are capable of happiness and ease in your life through mindfulness practice. There are others "just like me"  who are on this mindful path with you through the 8-week course, weekly mindfulness meditation offerings and ongoing practice.   It is my intention to offer you continuous care, instruction and support on your personal mindfulness journey now, during the course and throughout your lifetime.

I am committed to helping you find a resource, program or practice that will contribute to your well being and be of benefit to you.  There are infinite options and practices on the path to mindfulness.  Let me help you find the one that works best for you”.

Please contact Diana at: our (760) 310-2920 to begin a conversation and a life-long path to greatest happiness and freedom.



Professional Credentials

Diana holds the highest credentials from UMass Medical Center and The Center for Mindfulness in Society, Health Care and Education. 

Since 1996, Diana has taught over 70 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses.  Her life-long commitment to mindfulness and the depth of her many years of experience strongly supports Diana's mindfulness students and their success in making mindfulness a regular and lifelong part of their daily lives.



Since 1985, Diana has continued to practice as a California-licensed psychotherapist.  She is the co-director of North Coast Counseling in downtown Encinitas and maintains an active private practice in a home office in Leucadia, CA.   Diana has dedicated herself to offering psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families.  Please contact her at: or (760) 310-2920 to learn more about how to access counseling services.

Mindfulness Teaching in the Community

In 2001, Diana founded Everyday Mindfulness, a professional organization that promotes education through classes, trainings and retreats in Mindfulness meditation and its teachings. Her commitment is to assist others who wish to bring mindfulness into their daily lives.  

Diana also provides consultation and training in mindfulness practices to a variety of local organizations including health care, educational and corporate settings such as San Diego Hospice, Jenny Craig International, Magdalena Ecke YMCA, Scripps Research Institute for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, UCSD Thornton Hospital, Helix Corp., Abbott Pharmaceuticals and The Salk Institute. 

In addition, Diana has a whole-hearted passion for offering the benefits of mindfulness to those who are struggling with illness and debilitating life circumstances and who do not have access to affordable programs. These programs are offered at no charge to those who may benefit.