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  • Laura Poppink, MFT

The Science of Character

Updated: Nov 14, 2019

Laura Hughes Poppink, MFT is a local psychotherapist who specializes in leveraging the mind-body connection to help people tap into their potential to heal and discover more aliveness and joy! After graduating from Stanford and living in Asia and Europe, Laura got her Masters in Somatic Psychology at CIIS where she loved learning about how many ancient holistic healing modalities were being "proven" by western neuroscience. She always explores the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of any "dis-ease" or challenge. After working for 5 years at a local addiction rehabilitation center and 3 years as the clinical director of an adolescent girls group home, Laura launched her private practice in Menlo Park. She works with a diverse group of clients grappling with issues of addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, life transitions, and relationship work. She feels honored and privileged every day to get to do such intimate work with clients and is constantly awed by how challenging experiences often teach us the most about our strengths and gifts as well as help make clear what truly matters in life. Laura is super grateful for her amazing husband, 12yr old son, 10yr old daughter, and naughty black lab as well as her incredible friends and inspiring Woodside community. She tries to spend lots of time in the woods and at the beach and believes laughter is definitely some of the best medicine. Laura loves all things sparkly and has a daily practice of looking for the light in the darkness! Contact Information: Cell: 650 759 7471 Email:

At the Salon: We celebrated the 6th International Character Day! We dove deep while considering what type of person we truly want to be and how focusing on gratitude and growing our individual character strengths can help us lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life while simultaneously making the world a better place for all! We learned to tap into the power of mind-body-emotional regulation tools and discover how self-awareness and practicing a growth mindset can help you become the best version of yourself. We celebrated both our and other's unique strengths and left feeling inspired and grateful for both the blessings and challenges in life!

Click here to see the salon presentation.

Click here to get the salon handout.

Click here to see the salon video.

Here is the 30,000 Days Video

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