Approved MBCT Mentors
Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Evan Collins recently retired as psychiatrist for the Immunodeficiency Clinic, Toronto General Hospital – University Health Network, and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He now concentrates his practice running group mindfulness programs at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, Canada where he serves as senior faculty; and, the Toronto General Hospital. He has completed teacher training and certification in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has run mindfulness groups in multiple populations including depression and anxiety, HIV, cancer, chronic illness and healthcare worker stress and resiliency. He is a mentor with the University of California, San Diego – Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute; and, the Centre for Mindfulness Studies where he also facilitates professional training workshops. His current research interests include therapeutic mindfulness.
David Denis RP
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.
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.
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.