Denise Roy, LMFT, M.Div., is an
author, a psychotherapist, a popular speaker, and a mother. Denise
speaks to thousands of people each year at schools, parenting groups, churches, and
community organizations nationwide on parenting, spirituality,
peacemaking and women's issues.
Her book, Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace (Jossey-Bass), was released in March 2007. Meditations for Mothers is an audio book by Random House Audiom, released in April 2007. It is currently available for download at iTunes or other distributors.
Here's what Publishers Weekly had to say about Momfulness:
"Roy combines her experience as a marriage and family therapist, a
spiritual director, and a mother of five in this delightful book of
meditations, a sequel to My Monastery Is a Minivan.
Roy defines momfulness as "the spiritual practice of cultivating a
mindful, compassionate, mothering presence," and outlines six spiritual
lessons: developing true presence, practicing embodiment, paying
attention, cultivating deep compassion, recognizing the sacred in all
things and understanding the value of community. Each meditation begins
with a quote, from the likes of Anne Lamott and Annie Dillard to Thich
Nhat Hanh and Teresa of Avila; each includes a reflective piece—an
essay, observation, or story—and each ends with a suggested practice.
Roy's anecdotes are fresh and her storytelling colorful and
Denise is also the author of My Monastery Is a Minivan (Loyola Press, 2001), which received the following awards:
* one of 50 Best Spiritual Books of 2001 by Spirituality & Health Magazine
* Family Life Book of the Year (2002) by the Catholic Press Association
* Finalist, ForeWord Magazine Spirituality Book of 2001.
Denise has been quoted or featured in numerous publications, including: Real
Simple, The Washington Post, Woman's Day, Redbook, First for Women, San
Jose Mercury News, The Dallas Morning News, Spirituality & Health,
The Indianapolis Star, New Age Journal, and The Tampa Tribune.
Her essays have also appeared in the following books: Your Children Will Raise You, by Eden Steinberg; I Like Being a Mom, by Theresa Borchard; The Miracle of Sons, edited by Jamie C. Miller and Jennifer Bayse Sander; Let Go, Let Miracles Happen by Kathy Cordova; and Humor for a Mom's Heart by Shari McDonald.
A licensed marriage and family therapist, Denise received a Master of
Arts in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She was also
one of the first women to receive a Master of Divinity degree at the
Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.
Denise has worked with women and women's issues for over twenty years.
She directed the Women's Center at Santa Clara University, and was a
U.S. delegate to the International Congress on Women, held in the
former Soviet Union.
Denise and her husband live in the San Francisco Bay area.
You may contact Denise Roy at her private practice at 408-248-6604, ext. 70 or by email at denise@deniseroy (dot) com