Approved MBCT Mentors
Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Evan Collins is a psychiatrist with the Immunodeficiency Clinic, Toronto General Hospital – University Health Network, and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He also serves on faculty at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, Canada. He has completed teacher training and certification in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has run groups in multiple populations including depression and anxiety, chronic illness, HIV and cancer, and healthcare worker stress and resiliency. He is a mentor with the UCSD-MBPTI and the Centre for Mindfulness Studies where he also leads training workshops. His current clinical and research interests include HIV psychiatry, and therapeutic mindfulness.
David Denis, ND
David Denis is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Psychotherapist. He is a faculty member at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies (CMS) where he teaches Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression and Anxiety. Dr. Denis is highly regarded for his professional teaching and mentoring at CMS where he trains health care providers in the delivery of MBCT. Dr. Denis has significant experience running MBCT groups having delivered over 50 groups to hundreds of patients. In addition he also teaches in the Applied Mindfulness Certificate program at the University of Toronto and is a faculty member at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where he coordinates the psychology stream of curriculum for naturopathic students.
Andréanne Elie, MD FRCPC
Andréanne has been a psychiatrist for 20 years. She has been meditating for 15 years. She is based in Montreal. She leads MBCT groups in hospital settings (since 2010) and at Mindspace clinic in Montreal (since 2016). She is a faculty member at Université de Montréal where she leads mindfulness groups for medical students. She has completed teacher training and certification in MBCT. She is also trained in CBT.
Amanda Guthrie, ND
Amanda Guthrie is a Naturopathic Doctor and Psychotherapist practicing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a faculty member at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, where she facilitates MBCT groups for depression and anxiety, as well as trains healthcare professionals in MBCT as a therapeutic modality. In addition, she uses CBT and mindfulness-based interventions with individual clients in her private practice. Amanda is also a clinical and academic faculty member at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she supervises naturopathic medical interns in the teaching clinic and is involved in teaching the psychology curriculum. Amanda has completed the Supervised MBCT Facilitation Certificate offered by the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and certified by the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work.
Allison McLay, BA DCS RP
Allison McLay 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.
Gwen Morgan, MA MSW RSW
Gwen Morgan 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.
Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Melissa Nigrini specializes in adult education and experiential learning, with over 20 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating educationprograms and curricula. Melissa has been a mindfulness meditation practitioner for over 15 years and is a certified facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery and SMART Education. At the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, she is a facilitator, trainer and mentor, as well as curriculum and faculty development lead. She is a senior instructor in the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Program at University of Toronto. She also designs and facilitates mindfulness programs for organizations. Melissa is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and provides mentorship for delivery in these languages.
Suzanne Paquette, MD
Suzanne is a psychiatrist in an adult hospital affiliated outpatient clinic where she is also in charge of the collaborative mental health care service. She is trained in CBT, DBT and MBCT and has a serious and regular meditation practice since more than 20 years. After teaching MBCT to groups since 2010 and teaching mindfulness to medical students as a clinical teacher at University of Montreal for the past year, she recently qualified as an MBCT mentor with The Centre for Mindfulness Studies.
Patricia Rockman, MD CCFP FCFP
Patricia Rockman is an associate professor with the University of Toronto, department of family and community medicine; cross appointed to psychiatry. She is the past chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Collaborative Mental Health Network. She is a medical psychotherapist and leads leads MBCT groups. She has been educating healthcare providers in stress reduction, CBT and mindfulness-based practices for over 20 years. She is a founder and the Director of Education and Clinical Services at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and the developer of the MBCT Core Facilitation Certificate Program.