Lee Conger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher. Due to COVID-19, all the services he offers are virtual—psychotherapy (individual and group) and Integral Qigong and Tai Chi sessions.
"Beginning in 1999, I grew increasingly captivated by the idea that '[w]e become the stories we tell each other and ourselves, producing effects that range from the ridiculous to the sublime' (Jay S. Efrans, Michael D. Lukens, Robert J. Lukens; Language, Structure and Change: Frameworks of Meaning in Psychotherapy) and found myself enthralled during conversations and conjoint studies with a community of Narrative Therapy practitioners. Through the years, clients and I have benefitted from locating problems that we humans experience as entities apart from ourselves.
Until July, 2020, Lee served as a clinician with Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC). He first affiliated with Kaiser in 1998. His earliest experiences in leading guided imagery meditations were the outcome of training in 1999 with the Southern California Society for Clinical Hypnosis (SCSCH). In 2004, Lee began facilitating weekly meditation workshops and relaxation techniques workshops for Kaiser members enrolled in the Los Angeles Medical Center Addiction Medicine Department’s Intensive Outpatient Program.
In 2011-2012, Lee completed training as a Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher with Roger Jahnke, O.M.D., through the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC). He immediately began offering instruction in IIQTC’s Tai Chi Easy™ to members of the Arroyo S.E.C.O Network of Time Banks. Based on material from his IIQTC training, he developed the curriculum “Mind-Body Recovery Techniques” and began offering those classes in 2011 at Kaiser. They continue still. (Some current students' participation dates back to 2012.)
Lee expanded his repertoire via continued studies with Jahnke (The Nine Phases of Qi Cultivation, The Seven Precious Gestures, Chinese Medicine Wheel Meditation, Microcosmic Orbit Meditation), Meg Flynn (Wang Ji Wu Sixteen Longevity Exercises, Guigen Qigong, Baduanjin Qigong aka “Eight Pieces of Brocade”) and with Susan Quon and the late Marvin Smalheiser, founder in 1977 of Tai Chi Magazine (Yang 108-Move Long Form Tai Chi). Lee has led sessions regularly at Kaiser LAMC, at the Ortiz Taylor House (Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument 1144), the Anabolic Monument (Los Angeles State Historic Park), and the Metabolic Studio. His 2014 “Intro to Tai Chi” workshop helped inaugurate Trade School Los Angeles (barter-based instruction). In 2015, Lee launched Mind-Body Los Angeles (Facebook page and Google calendar) to track and promote free, low-cost, or donation-based meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, or other so-called "complementary" practices.
"Mind-Body Recovery Techniques" (based on Integral Qigong and Tai Chi and Mindfulness Meditation), Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, 1505 N. Edgemont St., Los Angeles, CA 90027) For Kaiser members. Copay: $0. Tuesdays, 7PM. See curriculum here.
Relaxation Techniques Workshop, Intensive Outpatient (Day Treatment) Program, Kaiser Permanente LAMC Addiction Medicine, 1050 N. Edgemont St., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Tuesdays, 1:30PM. For Kaiser members. See curriculum here.
Meditation Workshop, Intensive Outpatient (Day Treatment) Program, Kaiser Permanente LAMC Addiction Medicine, 1050 N. Edgemont St., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Thursdays, 3PM. For Kaiser members. See curriculum here.
New! Fall-Winter, 2019-20: Walking Meditation, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Hospital, 2nd Floor Healing Garden, 4867 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Select Thursdays, 6:45-7:30AM. A free offering via Kaiser's Healthy Workforce Program. (Visitors to the hospital may join in.) See details and schedule here.
New! Introducing "Urban Wilderness Qigong + Native Habitat Restoration"! Select 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays, beginning 10:30AM, in a sycamore-and-yucca grotto on the "paper street" (which is to say, unpaved and undeveloped) stretch of Adelbert Ave. in Silver Lake. The format:
10:30-11:30AM Qigong (Integral Qigong and Tai Chi)
11:30AM-12:30PM Participants are encouraged to help with native habitat restoration along any one of three more or less contiguous "paper streets" and along the Corralitas Red Car Property, a startling 10-acre, 50 ft. wide by 1 mile long strip of undeveloped land where the Pacific Electric Red Car trolley ran, 1904-1955, connecting Burbank and Glendale with Downtown L.A. I will have a list of tasks, ranging from easy to strenuous, for folks to pick from.
12:30-1:30PM Those who wish can enjoy a potluck picnic, zero(ish) waste style (with little to no plastic or styrofoam use).
Location, Plan A: Meet me outside the Ortiz Taylor House (Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #1144) at 2650 Lake View Avenue, L.A. 90039 at 10:15am sharp to hike together into the wilderness. Otherwise, find necessarily complicated directions here, along with the schedule of upcoming sessions.
Fall-Winter: Negotiations are underway with Cooperative Resources and Services Project (CRSP) for the start of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi sessions at Songs (at Los Angeles Eco-Village)
Watch for announcements about upcoming Integral Qigong and Tai Chi sessions, Tai Chi Easy™ classes, Mindfulness Meditation, and walking meditations. Possible sponsors / venues include Micheltorena Elementary School Community Garden, Silver Lake Library, Silver Lake Time Bank, Trade School Los Angeles, Ortiz Taylor House, and Corralitas Red Car Property.
November 10: Co-organized and facilitated the Definitional Ceremony "Outsider Witness Team" at the 5th Annual Los Angeles Postmodern Psychotherapists's Gathering, USC
October 10: Began offering Kaiser Healthy Workforce Walking Meditation at the Los Angeles Medical Center Hospital, 2nd Floor Healing Garden, 4867 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027. To continue on select Thursdays. See details and schedule here.
Sept. 14: Co-organized and hosted the inaugural gathering of Kaiser Complementary and Alternative Medicine (KCAM) providers: Kaiser physicians, pharmacists, social workers, and psychotherapists, who are interested in further development of integrative medicine at Los Angeles Medical Center. (The group continues to meet monthly on a volunteer basis.)
August 11: Represented Kaiser Permanente on panel / Q&A entitled “Tai Chi Program Development in Various Settings: Challenges and Strategies," at UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, 2nd Annual Symposium on the Potential of Chinese Medicine “Tai Chi for Health: From Scientific Value to Program Implementation in the US Healthcare System”
Organized an Integrative Medicine lecture series for Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Family Medicine Resident MDs, including Candace Elliott, MN, FNP-BC, PMN-BC, SEP (Tai Chi and Qigong practitioner, presenter), Hannah Kapp (certified yoga therapist), Kristin Ebbert, L.Ac. (acupuncturist), James Adams, PhD (Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, Chumash Healer, co-author with Cecilia Garcia of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West)
November 20: Introduced Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IQTC) to Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Family Medicine Resident MDs, Hospital Healing Garden
August 30: Co-organized and hosted the inaugural Los Angeles Postmodern Psychotherapists's Gathering at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (now an annual event hosted by USC).
May 26: Launched Mind-Body Los Angeles (Facebook page and Google calendar) to track and promote free, low-cost, or donation-based meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, or other so-called "complementary" practices.
March 15: Led Qigong session as a component of a self-care workshop for Los Angeles Postmodern Psychotherapists
May 23: Helped inaugurate the newly-founded Trade School Los Angeles (barter-based instruction) with an “Intro to Tai Chi” workshop that moved between the Ortiz Taylor House (Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument 1144) and the Corralitas Red Car Property in Silver Lake
April 26: Coordinated World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Observation at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center and co-taught with Meg Flynn and Walter Rodriguez
August 14: Led Guigen Qigong (Earth Element and Fire Element only) for Series Studies #1 Yellow/Red
June 19: Led Tai Chi Easy™ session for Heal One World
June 18: Was profiled at "Urban Healers: A chronicle of the every day heroes that enhance the urban collective experience"
February 3: Led Integral Qigong and Tai Chi mini-sessions at Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; as part of a special “Repair Yourself Cafe” edition of Transition Pasadena's bi-monthly Repair Cafe events
November 8: Presented at Institute for Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) Level 3 Training, La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, Montecito, CA
July 25: Began leading Integral Qigong and Tai Chi sessions, Anabolic Monument / Under Spring / Metabolic Studio, Downtown Los Angeles
March 28: Presented at Institute for Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) Level 1 Training, Wimberly, TX
October 8: Practiced Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IQTC) at Flash Mob Meditation, Pershing Square
September 20: Began Mind-Body Recovery Techniques classes, Kaiser Permanente (continuing still, as of November, 2019)
July 19: Began offering Tai Chi Easy™ classes via the Echo Park Time Bank