Praxis Vermont

Praxis  /ˈpraksəs/

The process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced, embodied, or realized

Struggling with anxiety? There’s a group for that.

Join Cara Lai FitzGibbon, MSW for a six-week guided meditation and mindfulness group.

Mindfulness means paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment with kindness and curiosity. There has been extensive research indicating that practicing mindfulness has tremendous positive effects on the brain, leading to increased happiness, compassion, and self-esteem. 

This six-week group will introduce you to mindfulness through guided meditation, in-depth instruction, group discussion, a variety of interactive activities, as well as instruction for practicing at home between sessions.  We will learn self-awareness, empathy, techniques to calm and focus the mind, and mindful communication–all of which create the grounds to reduce anxiety and foster joy in daily life. 

Note that this group is based on the principles of Buddhism, but is a completely secular group, and mindfulness is a skill that requires no allegiance to any particular religion. Also note that this group may not be suitable for individuals with certain trauma histories. Please contact Cara at (802) 684-0771 or fill out this form if you have any questions, or to register.

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Praxis is a group psychotherapy practice near five corners in Essex Jct. We take all major insurance plans and accept all ages of clients.

Our Services

Individual therapy

In-school therapy


Family therapy

In-home therapy

Group therapy


Clinical Specialties


Behavioral challenges

Social skill development


Sibling conflict



Substance abuse


Our Team

Amy Paysnick, Ph.D.

Amy Paysnick, Ph.D Clinician Dr. Amy A. Paysnick is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Essex Junction, Vermont.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Skidmore College, her PhD from the University of Vermont, and completed her clinical...

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Erick Lattrell, MSW

Erick operates under the belief that mental health and wellness exists at the junction of the biological, social and psychological facets of an individual, and that a balance is needed to address the human condition. With this in mind even the most difficult of concerns to address can be a profound force for positive change in someone’s life.

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Robyn Yurcek, MSW

As a relationship focused therapist and certified life coach, Robyn focuses on inner and outer relationship issues from her theory that most people want to feel a sense of connection and belonging in their lives.

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Cyrus Patten, Ed.D, LICSW

Cyrus Patten is the Director of Praxis Behavioral Health, and sees a small number of clients. His specialties include working with teens experiencing anxiety and depression, self-harm, as well as working with GLBTQ youth.

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Cara Lai FitzGibbon, MSW

Cara Lai FitzGibbon, MSW earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Vermont and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design. She has studied and trained extensively in mindfulness, and uses a combination of mindfulness-based, somatic, narrative, and cognitive-behavioral techniques in her practice.

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We accept all major insurance providers including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Vermont Medicaid, Dr. Dynosaur, and Cigna.

For those who wish to pay privately, this is also an option.

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To make a referral, call: 802-865-3450 ext. 949

10 & 12 Pearl St. Essex Junction, VT 05452

Our Office

12 Pearl St. Essex Junction, VT 05452 Parking and entrance in the rear.