About Touchstone


Our Vision & Values

The Touchstone Institute offers clinical consultation and training for therapists, especially those specializing in perinatal mental health. The Touchstone Institute was founded on the principle that secure, safe relationships are the cornerstone of quality healthcare, as well as quality training and consultation. Fostering community, building connection, and offering resources allows for lasting growth and healing for healthcare professionals as well as the clients they serve.

Meet Mara

Dr. Mara Tesler Stein is a perinatal trauma specialist and a certified EMDR therapist and consultant. Through The Touchstone Institute, and as part of her role as a faculty member of The Institute for Creative Mindfulness, Mara offers training and consultation in EMDR therapy for other perinatal mental health specialists.


In addition, Mara is trained in Brainspotting and in Clinical Hypnosis from the American Association of Clinical Hypnosis and continues to pursue advanced certification in both of these modalities. Integrating these interlocking approaches to therapy, she uses Ego-State therapy as a frame and method in her clinical practice.

About EMDR

EMDR therapy is one of the most researched and effective trauma treatments and the community is growing fast!


Whether EMDR therapy becomes your primary mode of treatment or if it just becomes part of your tool box, you will be emboldened by these trainings to be able to treat your clients more effectively.