Approved MBCT Mentors
Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Evan Collins is a psychiatrist facilitating groups in the Centre’s personal and professional programs. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He previously worked in the Immunodeficiency Clinic at the Toronto General Hospital and before that in Community Mental Health and Sexual Health. Evan began practicing mindfulness meditation in 2004, and teaching MBCT and MBSR in 2011. He has led groups for depression, anxiety, and stress; for those living with cancer, HIV and other medical illness; and for health care providers. He trains teachers in these modalities and co-wrote with Susan Woods & Patricia Rockman the book Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence and Inquiry in Action (2019) New Harbinger and co-wrote with Zindel Segal the chapter on Therapeutic Mindfulness and Depression in the Oxford Primer on Depression (2019) Oxford University Press. Aligned with the values of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies he works towards creating safe and welcoming groups for all participants.
David Denis RP
Donald Fleck MBA LICSW
Donald is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a Masters in Business Administration. He facilitates Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy groups in New York City. Over 12 years he has facilitated more than 40 MBCT groups. Donald trained in MBCT with Zindel Segal, Susan Woods, Pat Rockman, Evan Collins and Gwen Morgan, all affiliated with both the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and the UC San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. Donald is a Certified MBCT teacher and has been an Approved MBCT Mentor with MBPTI for several years. Donald has lived outside the US and brings a multi-cultural understanding to his teaching and mentoring of therapists from various backgrounds.
Donald’s current interest is in teaching MBCT as a core competency on which to base applications, for example for the treatment of Health Anxiety Tinnitus or pregnancy-related depression and anxiety. He is also working with the arts community. Donald is a leading figure in bringing MBCT to the New York area and has taken many initiatives with the professional mindfulness community in New York and beyond.
Andrea Grabovac MD FRCPC
Andrea is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and practices inpatient psychiatry at Vancouver Hospital. She has 15 years of outpatient psycho-oncology experience. Since 2006, she has facilitated group and individual MBIs for mood disorder, sexual medicine and oncology populations, using both Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and more recently Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT).
Andrea brings a unique combination of clinical expertise in psychophenomenological diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology, a clinically-informed understanding of Buddhist psychological frameworks, and experience with the stages of insight in the context of a 16 year Burmese Theravadan vipassana personal practice to the mentorship process. This amalgamation of experience allows her to clinically manage the complex interrelationship between meditation-induced altered states and primary psychopathology.
She provides annual 5-day MBCT professional trainings, co-facilitates monthly MBCT training focused on inquiry and developing clinicians’ personal practice since 2009, and is an MBCT mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness Based Program Training Institute. She is a Founding Co-Director of the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute, and trains clinicians in the delivery of MiCBT internationally.
Her academic publications explore the clinical relevance of re-contextualizing mindfulness based interventions within Buddhist psychological frameworks. She has recently co-authored competency-based guidelines for training Canadian psychiatrists in MBIs that include the need for recognition and management of unintended clinical effects of meditation practice. She is Associate Editor for Mindfulness since 2013. She has practiced and studied in the Burmese Theravada Vipassana tradition since 2002.
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.
Rhea Plosker MC, MASc, RSW, RP
Rhea Plosker MASc MC RSW RP is an Engineer, Registered Social Worker, Registered Psychotherapist, and leadership coach working in private practice in Toronto, Ontario. She provides counselling, clinical supervision and training for other therapists, and facilitates Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness for Anxiety and Transition groups. Rhea meets the requirements for a clinical supervisor as defined by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Rhea has a passion for improving accessibility and access to mindfulness-based programs for mental health. She has a particular interest in online service delivery. Rhea has supported the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in adapting and designing program curricula for online delivery, and in supporting facilitators to transition online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to being certified in facilitating Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Rhea holds certificates in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety and Depression and Solution Focused Therapy. She also has extensive training and supervision in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Narrative Therapy.
Social Work and psychotherapy is Rhea’s second career, following her first corporate career as an engineer, technology executive and consultant. She continues to work as a leadership and career coach. You can learn more about Rhea at www.inspirationsolutions.
Tom Heah OT Reg. (BC)
Tom Heah works as an occupational therapist with Vancouver Coastal Community Mental Health and Substance Use Program, and has a private practice in Vancouver, B.C. He is a faculty and mentor in MBCT and MBSR with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, and a mentor/advisor with the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. He has completed certification through UCSD in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and a year-long Training in Mindfulness Facilitation program at UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Since 2006, Tom has developed and facilitated mindfulness-based courses for people who have mental health and substance use issues, chronic pain, and neuromuscular conditions, health care professionals, college students and the general public. As a clinical faculty with the School of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia, he is involved in research and preceptorships with students, and has also lectured on mindfulness in mental health at the Masters of Social Work program at the University of British Columbia.
Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) RP
Angie Kingma is a Registered Psychotherapist, Occupational Therapist and MBCT Teacher with over 18 years of experience working in a variety of mental health and chronic pain settings. Angie has received extensive MBCT and Mindfulness Teacher training over the years through University of California San Diego (UCSD), The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and The University of Toronto. She has completed the Advanced MBCT Facilitation Certificate through the Centre and certified by the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. She loves delivering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs to a variety of populations (including clients with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, as well as teachers/educators and hospital clinicians). In addition to being on faculty here at the Centre, Angie works part-time in Ambulatory Mental Health Services at Trillium Health Partners, owns a private practice called Mindfulness for Health and is a Mentor for the online ‘A Course in Mindful Living’. She co-founded the Mindfulness Halton/Peel Professionals’ Community.
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 RP
Gwen Morgan is a registered social worker and psychotherapist with many years of experience, working in hospital and community settings. She is a certified MBCT instructor, as well as being certified in MBSR and MB-EAT. Gwen had the privilege of attending intensive trainings with Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat Zinn and other senior trainers. Currently she facilitates Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), MBSR, and groups at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and in the Community Program, which offers mindfulness to marginalized peoples and communities. Gwen mentors professionals in MBCT through their certification process and does professional training workshops and conference presentations. Gwen is an Approved Mentor with The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and with the University of San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute.
Thanh-Lan Ngô MD MSc FRCPC
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.
RoseMina Munjee RP
RoseMina Munjee is an Certified MBSR, MBCT, and MSC instructor and Approved Mentor with The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and a certified instructor of MSC for the Center for Mindful Self Compassion. Rose Mina completed her training and certification with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, The University of Toronto, and the Center for Mindful Self Compassion in San Diego. RoseMina is also a Registered Psychotherapist, Corporate Mindfulness Trainer and Coach, Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Trainer, Buddhist Studies and Spiritual Care Master’s Student at University of Toronto, Craniosacral Therapist, and a Therapeutic, Hatha, and Restorative Yoga Teacher with over 600 hours of specialized training. She has worked in Technology and Financial Services as a Project Manager, Data Scientist, and Change Management Technology Analyst, and was introduced to mindfulness based stress reduction over 18 years ago. RoseMina is also training and is involved in intensive study and practice with True North Insight as a Community Meditation/Dharma Teacher as well as studying Trauma Informed and Somatic Therapy. She has sat numerous retreats at TNI, Spirit Rock, and Insight Meditation Society and has worked in Spiritual Care and Mental Health, using mindfulness and trauma informed psychotherapy in hospital, public, corporate, and community settings with a focus on providing trauma-informed care, building equity, diversity, and inclusiveness, anti-racism, anti-oppression, and reaching marginalized peoples. She has been a Teaching Assistant to Pat Rockman at the MBSR/MBCT Intensive Training for professionals and has mentored aspiring mindfulness teachers. RoseMina identifies as BIPOC, being of South Asian descent and having immigrated from South Africa at an early age and lived in Europe and Canada, she aspires to build capacity in marginalized and underserved communities for greater access to mindfulness and yoga programs and professional training. RoseMina is currently writing and researching about mindfulness based and somatic approaches for healing from the effects of trauma related to racism, oppression, and marginalization.
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.
Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Profession: Occupational Therapist & Psychotherapist
Ian Singer MA MSW RSW
Susan Woods MSW LICSW
Location: Vermont, USA
Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a certified MBSR/MBCT teacher. She was in psychotherapy practice for many years where in addition to her clinical practice she offered the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs. Since 2005, Susan has been a leading consultant and professional trainer in MBSR and MBCT and teaches at venues worldwide. She developed the MBSR and MBCT professional certification programs at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, University of California San Diego, USA, is a senior MBSR/MBCT mentor and supervisor, and a professional advisor on mindfulness-based clinical trials. In addition, Susan was asked to consult with the Center for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, Canada to assist them in building their MBSR professional training pathway. More recently, she was part of a strategic team at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA, USA that was tasked to do a review of the center’s MBSR programs. She has presented on the clinical application of mindfulness at numerous conferences. Susan is a co-author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy – Embodied Presence and Inquiry in Practice (2019) and author of chapters in edited books on the training of health professionals in mindfulness-based skills. She is currently working on a book on MBSR scheduled to be published in 2020.