Therapist & Meditation Teacher

Aruna Shields (CHP, Dip: CMT)

Welcome, with all my heart I hope you find what you’re looking for. My role is to help people live happy and successful lives. I deeply care and am dedicated to the wellbeing and progress of all my clients; offering them solutions, tools and guidance in a non-judgmental environment. I’m a Clinical Mindfulness Teacher who studied Psychotherapy and Hypnosis at Master's level. I’m also certified in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy developed at Oxford University. I run a private therapy practice in LA, guide meditations in companies, produce online content and have worked in Malibu rehabs helping with addiction.

Earlier on my life journey, I achieved critical acclaim as a lead actress in Bollywood and Europe, becoming the fastest rising star on Google India (2010). Then a strong urge to meditate arose, so I left the film industry and chose another path. Half-British, half-Indian, I bridge the gap between the East and the West. My father is a descendant of Sage Mandavya Maharishi and comes from an ancient lineage of teachers who pass down meditation and timeless knowledge; my mother is English. People often ask about my name; while acting I amassed a large following under the stage name ‘Shields’, so I kept it.

My daily meditation practice is essential for me to do my work and never missed; I connect with stillness and bring it out into the world through Transcendental Meditation (TM) and advanced techniques.

What I help with

• Happiness • Success • Self-Realization • Conscious Expansion • Leadership • Anxiety • Depression • Stress • Fame • Public Speaking • Confidence • Identity Crisis • Addictions • Life Transitions • Existential Crisis • Relationships • Insomnia • Fears and Phobias • Conflict Resolution • Anger Management • PTSD • Trauma • Grief


Private Sessions

If you’re looking for a therapist that deeply cares, and you’re ready to unfold in profound ways, we may be a good fit. I have helped a wide variety of people overcome challenges and blossom; clients as diverse as war veterans, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, celebrities, musicians and house-wives have all made massive shifts and now live happier and more blissful lives. Sessions are unique, enjoyable and humorous; life is not meant to be serious, but experimental and joyful. After listening to you I will tailor sessions to suit your specific needs. We will navigate your inner world peacefully and use eclectic modes of therapy that are scientifically researched and studied. After sessions, people report feeling lighter and more able to make intuitive decisions.

My spaces are calming and beautiful. The main office is a penthouse in Koreatown and the second is in Whiting Woods, North LA. Private guest parking is available. I also see clients virtually or at meditation studios. I offer a sliding scale according to income. Sessions are strictly confidential and the identity of my therapy clients is never revealed. Feel free to contact me for further information and to book a private session.

LA office

LA office

Online Meditations

I encourage all my clients to establish a daily meditation practice of their choice; there is a large body of scientific evidence to show mindfulness meditation and Transcendental Meditation (TM) greatly improve our mental and physical health. I offer online mindfulness meditation packs which are suitable for beginners and advanced meditators. If you are interested in my meditations you can watch the trailer below or visit the video page.

Trailer for meditation pack ‘Nature Speaks’.

Unplug Meditation Studio

Unplug Meditation Studio

Education (UK)

Clinical Mindfulness Teacher (CMT)

Clinical Hypno-Psychotherapist (CHP)

Diploma: Psychotherapy & Hypnosis

Diploma: Clinical Mindfulness Teaching

Certification in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) developed by Oxford University

Certification: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Certification: Mindfulness Based Pain and Wellness (MBPW)

Degree, BA(hons): Journalism, Central Saint Martins, London

Distinction: Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Academic Scholarship: Durham Boarding School


Profile on Psychology Today, USA

Registered as a Clinical Mindfulness Teacher with the National Colleges

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The Royal Society of Medicine

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CONTACT me if you’re an individual or company wishing to book private sessions. I also welcome those wishing to brainstorm.