The Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto provides mindfulness based therapies for anxiety, depression, depressive relapse prevention, healthy eating, ADHD, diabetes and stress reduction. The Centre is one of Canada’s leading providers of professional development in mindfulness based interventions. We offer one-day workshops as well as intensive professional training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Our faculty includes physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health-care professionals. Our facilitators meet the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses from the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers, including the following:

  • In-depth personal experience of the mindfulness curriculum they teach, including all core meditation practices of the curriculum.
  • Completion of a rigorous mindfulness-based teacher training program or supervised pathway.
  • A professional qualification in mental/physical health care, education or social care, or equivalent life experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of the populations that the mindfulness-based course will be delivered to.
  • If delivering MBCT, knowledge of relevant underlying psychological processes, associated research and evidence-based practice.
  • If delivering MBCT or other mindfulness-based course with a clinical population, an appropriate professional clinical training.
  • A commitment to a personal mindfulness practice and ongoing development as a teacher through further training.


Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP is an associate professor with the University of Toronto, department of family and community medicine; cross appointed to psychiatry. She is the chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Collaborative Mental Health Network. She has a private practice in CBT and leads MBCT groups. She has been educating healthcare providers in stress reduction, CBT and mindfulness-based practices for over 20 years. She is the director of education at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.


Zindel Segal PhD C.Psych is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto – Scarborough and a Senior Scientist in the Campbell Family Research Institute at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His study of mindfulness meditation and antidepressant medication has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN Health Online and the New York Times. An author of over 10 books and 100 scientific publications, Dr. Segal’s latest publication The Mindful Way Through Depression, is a patient guide for dealing with stress and achieving mood balance  in everyday life.


Dr. Javed Alloo MD CCFP is a family physician with a community practice in Toronto. He has over a decade of experience working with people with anxiety, depression, and other chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Building on tools from CBT, he encourages bringing a mindful and compassionate approach to managing and living with these often long-term



Arpita Biswas PhD C.Psych is a registered psychologist in private practice in Toronto. She has over two decades of clinical experience in the treatment of mental health issues including anxiety, depression and trauma. Her areas of expertise include CBT and mindfulness-based interventions. She has obtained extensive training in mindfulness meditation and maintains a daily practice.



Evan Collins MD FRCPC is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s department of psychiatry and staff psychiatrist at the Toronto General Hospital where he is affiliated with the Immunodeficiency Clinic. His clinical and research interests include HIV, cancer and therapeutic mindfulness. He is trained in MBSR and MBCT, and runs groups at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre as well as the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. He also trains healthcare providers in the use of mindfulness-based interventions.


Bobby Esbin MD received his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1984. He has extensive clinical experience treating anxiety, depression, substance abuse and addiction. He has a special interest and extensive training in mindfulness-based therapy and its direct application to a variety of mental health conditions.



David Denis ND is a naturopathic doctor with a private practice in Toronto. He specializes in treating anxiety and depression using a combination of naturopathic modalities, cognitive behavioural therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. He teaches MBCT to professionals and has extensive experience offering mindfulness-based cognitive therapy groups for anxiety and



John Fleming PhD C. Psych. is a psychologist in private practice with more than 25 years of experience treating eating issues. He has studied mindfulness-based interventions for the past eight years and has a daily mindfulness practice. For over 12 years, he has co-directed a research program investigating the connection between obesity and adult ADHD. He has also assesses and treats adult ADHD.



Sarah KinsleySarah Kinsley BA (Hons), B.Ed, M.Ed C. Psych is the coordinator of the Embodied Mind stream of the Applied Mindfulness Meditation program in Continuing Education at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. She is currently working at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto as a Child and Family Therapist. She has trained with Indigenous Elders in the field of healing within Canada and abroad. Sarah has completed three Yoga Teacher Training courses, and studied with various Yogis in North America and Asia.


  M. Lee Freedman MD CM FRCP(C) is a child psychiatrist. She has over 29 years of clinical experience helping children, adolescents, parents and families with anxiety and stress-related conditions. Over the past several years, she has incorporated the teaching of mindful awareness practice to parents and children into her clinical work, and teaches mindful awareness training programs for stress reduction, mindful parenting, and mindful photography workshops.


Amanda Guthrie ND is a naturopathic doctor with a family practice in Toronto. She has a special interest in providing care for people dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and digestive health concerns. She has trained in MBCT and provides treatments that blend scientific research with holistic healing, including mindfulness-based therapies and healthy lifestyle counselling.



Darren HigginsDarren Higgins MD FRCPC is a staff psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital, a lecturer in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and has a private practice in adult psychiatry in Toronto. He leads MBCT groups at CAMH and integrates mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches in his individual and group psychotherapy work.



 sherry-picSherry Holt M.Ed C. Psych. is a private practice psychotherapist who has dedicated her career to issues of emotional well-being for over 20 years. She is Past President of the Anxiety Disorders of Canada, and is a clinical member of the Canadian Psychological Association. She has studied mindfulness for over 10 years and incorporates into her clinical practice.




Matthew MacDonaldMD CCFP is a family doctor specializing in psychotherapy. He provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to people with anxiety, depression, and general life stress. He also leads MBCT groups for anxiety and depression.




Dee (1)Dee Miron OT Reg. (Ont.)  is an occupational therapist with a special interest and background in mental health. She has taken numerous workshops and seminars related to mindfulness and mental health; including  Level 1 Certification in MBCT Facilitation from the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and training in MBCPM with Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix.



Dr. Bryan MoranBryan Moran MD CCFP is a family physician who has practised Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and trained in MBCT. He has taught healthcare providers in the area of stress reduction. He also works as a cardiovascular surgical assistant performing endoscopic vein harvesting. He has also studied with Norman Feldman and Molly Swan.



Gwen Morgan MA MSW RSW is a social worker and counsellor with over 22 years’ experience, specializing in patients living with diabetes and chronic illness. She has trained in MBCT and Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT). Gwen completed the nine-day practicum in MBSR at the University of Massachusetts and a seven-day intensive professional training in MBSR for pain and chronic illness.



Sara Marlowe MSW RSW is a clinical social worker and university lecturer. She has practised mindfulness for many years and teaches mindfulness to children, youth, and families. Sara is the author of the children’s book, No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully, described by Sharon Salzberg as “deliciously fun to read.”



Allison McLay BA DCS has 25 years of experience in psychological assessment and counselling. Her areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of learning disabilities and ADHD. She has worked in both private practice and the social service sector and currently works for the disabilities and personal counselling departments at York University. Allison practices mindfulness personally and professionally. She co-facilitates MBCT groups for anxiety/depression and training professionals.


Ian Singer

Ian Singer MSW RSW  is a senior clinical counselor at Catholic Family Services of Toronto, where he also facilitates a Mindful Practices for Stress Reduction group.  Ian began training in Insight-oriented mindfulness meditation (Vipassana) in India and Nepal in 1992 and incorporates evidence-based mindfulness interventions in his psychotherapeutic work with individual clients.



Pat SmithPat Smith MD is a family physician who works in the area of women’s reproductive health. She has practiced mindfulness for over 10 years and is currently expanding her learning and teaching to include MBCT groups.





ES208Elaine Smookler B.Mus. has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. As a professional performer, writer and teacher she has used mindfulness as the subject of her work. She is the co-author of the upcoming book, Killers, Coffins & Cadavers: A Humorous guide to Death and Dying, a comedic take on the details of death. She has contributed to a variety of publications and projects on the subject of mindfulness including: The Medical Post, Mindful Magazine, the Toronto Fringe Festival and the CBC.


shaillaShailla Vaidya MD MPH CCFP(EM) RYT is a family physician with a focused practice in Stress Reduction in Toronto, Canada. She has trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Yoga Therapy other psychotherapeutic approaches. She has practiced emergency medicine and family medicine for over 10 years.




zsuzsa-pic-150x150 copyZsuzsa Grandpierre is a psychotherapist and ADHD coach in her private practice at Bmindful Psychotherapy and Coaching Centre.  Zsuzsa initiated and co-chairs Mindfulness Ottawa (affiliate of Mindfulness Toronto), a community group that is dedicated to bringing together professionals who are interested in the practice of mindfulness. She teaches mindfulness-based courses for both clients and professionals.