Phyllis K. Hicks, D Min, NCLPC

Instructor, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Phyllis Hicks is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher. She directs the Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute, a nonprofit in Durham, NC and offers psychotherapy, mindfulness based interventions and clinical training. For twenty-five years she has melded eastern and western understandings of psychology and contemplative practice, studying with a variety of western Vipassana teachers since 1999. She participated in professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. She has trained intensively with Gregory Kramer in the practice of Insight Dialogue since 2004 and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats internationally.  She also trains MBSR teachers to teach an eight week course in Interpersonal Mindfulness that is based on the practice of Insight Dialogue. She is a guiding teacher for Triangle Insight and faculty for Metta Programs.


  • Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from New York Theological Seminary, New York, New York (2000)
  • Masters of Divinity from the Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina (1984)
  • BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1977
  • NC Licensed Professional Counselor # 459
  • National Certified Counselor, NBCC #1998
  • Ordained Elder United Methodist Church
  • Training Residency with Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute, Durham, North Carolina, (1984-1988)
  • Residency Program at Duke Medical Center’s School of Allied Health in Pastoral Care and Counseling with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy, Durham, North Carolina (1984-85)
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