Meet Megan

I am…

  • Open-minded
  • Supportive
  • Direct
  • Balanced

As the Founding Director of Louisville Mindfulness Center, mindfulness is a big part of my practice with clients.  I have found this approach calming and centering for clients who feel “scattered” or “overthink” things.  This is a simple and straightforward approach that does wonders for adults dealing with anger, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. It gives you tools for your toolbox so you are prepared to handle challenging situations as they arise.

Since this toolbox of tools is so popular with my clients – many of them refer to them as “Megan-isms” – I’ve begun referring to the toolbox as the Mindfulness Mindset™. Essentially, these are simple ways to see your situation from multiple perspectives and tools to utilize when you need them to deal with all of life’s stressors.

For the last few years, I’ve been honored to be named one of Three Best Rated Best Marriage Counselors in Louisville. My work with couples came out of my expertise in working with adults who experience anxiety and panic, are easily irritable or frustrated, or have been told they have “anger issues”.  These issues often bleed into all aspects of our lives from our relationships, parenting, work, how we view ourselves, etc. The work I do is very holistic, taking into account all areas of your life.

The last few years I’ve spent studying and learning Ericksonian Hypnosis with Dr. John Lentz at The Milton H. Erickson Institute of Jeffersonville and I am a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Ericksonian Hypnosis is a subtle art of healing to help empower the client to heal her/himself. Through the words and phrases intentionally used in therapy, it helps the client become unstuck or remove blocks and barriers they are wanting to release in order to move forward in their life. Ericksonian Hypnosis can also be done more directly through guided meditations that allow the conscious brain to relax and allow the client’s subconscious brain to identify what is best for the client. The therapist is just a facilitator in the client’s own healing. In my practice, I listen to what my clients are saying they are wanting and needing and doing my best to help them achieve those goals. To find out more about Ericksonian Hypnosis, click HERE!

I am also trained in Usui and Karuna Reiki and am a Reiki Master. Like Ericksonian Hypnosis, Reiki is another intentional healing practice that facilitates healing and empowerment for the client on a energetic level – emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. Reiki is a wildely accepted Japanese-based technique for stress reduction and relaxation promoting energy healing at a quantum level.  Reiki is used in health care settings such as  John Hopkins and Harvard, as well as Norton Healthcare and University of Louisville Cancer Center. While Reiki is often thought of as a hands-on healing approach, I use it a bit differently.  To find out more about Reiki, click HERE!

In 2022 I launched The Mindfulness Center, a groundbreaking digital space designed to promote my unique mindfulness approach globally. The Mindfulness Center was developed to offer one-of-a-kind tools that transcend the “therapy” room, making mindfulness and living an optimal life more accessible to more people around the world. The Mindfulness Center is designed to co-exist with the Louisville Mindfulness Center, each collaborating and amplifying the organization’s collective mission.

In my 20+ years of experience as a mental health expert, often working with driven, high-achieving, successful entrepreneurs, athletes, and executives, I heard many clients report feelings of being stuck in a hamster wheel, of going, going, going, with no real purpose or direction. Listening and responding to these complaints, I began to develop these simple, easy-to-use, practical tools to help clients simplify, clarify, and focus their lives. These tools, called Mindfulness Mindset™ and Awaken the Autopilot™, are more than a way of doing–they are a way of being. They help you look at life in new ways, forever reframing your approach to reality.

We’re all busy, and it’s easy to put self-care and self-optimization on the back-burner. That’s why I and The Mindfulness Center are excited to announce the development of two new short, straightforward, life-changing online courses, “The Art of Saying No,” and “Dealing With Difficult People.” These courses are self-paced, designed to be taken anywhere in the world, on your own time. Visit https://www.mindfulness-center.com to learn more.

I also have some cool PRESS you can check out: HERE!

Want to know more?

Let’s work together! I look forward to sharing all these skills and tools with you to help you live your most optimal life.

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Megan’s Bio

Born in Santa Cruz, California, and raised in Seattle, Washington, with extended stints of time in Arizona, Texas, and now Kentucky, Megan Bayles Bartley is at once the girl next door that can handle a basketball like nobody’s business (even though she doesn’t really enjoy competitive sports) and a “sage yoda” (to use the words of a client) that walks with those she helps out of the dark and into the light.

She earned her Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy (MAMFT) from the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and is the Founding Director of the Louisville Mindfulness Center – a local organization dedicated to teaching people of all ages practical ways to use mindfulness and meditation to improve their lives.

Named one of the Best Marriage Counselors in Louisville, Megan offers an out-of-the-box therapeutic approach that is both radically transformational and insanely practical. Hands-on, judgment-free and eclectic, Megan is widely informed by her ongoing passion for learning which most recently involves training in Ericksonian Hypnosis and Reiki, and a healthy dose of international travel (she’s made it to 5 continents so far!).

Oftentimes this self-proclaimed “recovering perfectionist” and die-hard “optimist realist” serves in more of a coaching role, helping clients in high pressured, high profile positions identify and move past obstacles in pursuit of optimal performance.

As a painter, entrepreneur, activist, and published author, Megan continually draws on her keen intuition in all that she does, Megan explains: “…when I listen to my gut, which I’m really good at doing, it never fails me.” Future plans include more writing and podcasts, paired with the introduction of an online curriculum to share her easy-to-use skills and tools with a broader audience.