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Approved MBSR Mentors

Take the time to consider each of the mentors listed below and reach out to any that seem like a good fit. You will be spending a significant amount of time in contact with your mentor (over the phone, online or in person) and you should choose carefully before proceeding. To review mentorship requirements for the MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program and to register for MBSR mentorship, visit the MBSR Mentorship page.
Michael Apollo RP

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Michael Apollo is an experienced mindfulness facilitator, registered psychotherapist, and former Program Director of the University of Toronto’s Mindfulness Meditation certificate program. Michael founded MGC, a corporate consulting firm that has been delivering mindfulness training for over a decade to executives and knowledge workers in the finance, healthcare and technology industries. Michael has completed over 33 international long-term meditation retreats with 10,000+ hours of meditation practice and holds an advanced level certification from the University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Michael is faculty at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies with a special focus on workplace mindfulness, digital MBCT/MBSR program development and professional training. Michael is passionate about advancing the field of mindfulness and is founder of Canada’s premiere mindfulness conference A Mindful Society held in Toronto, Canada.
Evan Collins MD FRCPC

Location: Toronto, Ontario

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.

Joe Flanders PhD OPQ

Location: Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Joe Flanders is the founder and director of The MindSpace Clinic in Montreal. He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Flanders is an assistant professor (professional) in the McGill University Psychology Department. He is a licensed psychologist and a member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists. At MindSpace, he offers MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction and MindfulnessBased Cognitive Therapy to individuals, groups, and organizations. Dr. Flanders works with clients in English and in French.

Tom Heah OT Reg. (BC)

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

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.

Contact tom@mindfulnessinaction.ca
Website mindfulnessinaction.ca

Allison McLay BA DCS RP

Location: Toronto, Ontario

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.

Contact Allison McLay

Gwen Morgan MA MSW RSW RP

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Gwen Morgan is an Certified MBSR and MBCT instructor, and Approved Mentor with The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and the University of San Diego, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. Gwen is also trained in Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT). She has worked as a social worker for 30 years, and came to mindfulness stress reduction through her personal practice in yoga and meditation. She began her professional training with the 7-day intensive led by Jon Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli, and has advanced training from The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, UC San Diego and the UMass Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR in hospital and community settings with a focus on diversity and reaching marginalized peoples. She was a Teaching Assistant to Susan Woods in the 6-day MBSR Intensive Training for professionals and is mentoring aspiring mindfulness teachers.

Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP

Location: Toronto, Ontario

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.

Contact Melissa Nigrini

Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP

Location: Toronto, Ontario

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 MBCT and MBSR 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 Facilitation Certificate program as well as the MBSR Facilitation Certificate program.

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Susan Woods MSW LICSW

Location: Vermont, USA

Susan Woods created the MBSR and MBCT certification programs at the MBPTI. Susan’s passion is to create professional trainings that provide depth and quality leading to best practice skills that support competency in the delivery of mindfulness-based programs. Susan has been teaching MBSR and MBCT for many years. She is a certified MBSR teacher through the Center of Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical Center where she was a teacher. Since 2005, Susan has been leading professional training programs in MBSR and MBCT and has taught at venues worldwide. She is an MBSR/MBCT mentor and supervisor, and a professional advisor on various MBCT clinical trials. Susan has presented on the clinical application of mindfulness at numerous conferences and is a published author on the training of health professionals in mindfulness-based skills. Susan is a graduate of the two-year Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA. She is a certified yoga teacher.

Contact Susan Woods
Website: www.aconsciouslife.org

Multi-Lingual MBSR Mentors

Joe Flanders PhD OPQ

Location: Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Joe Flanders is the founder and director of the MindSpace (in Montreal). He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Flanders is an assistant professor (professional) in the McGill University Psychology Department. He is a licensed psychologist and a member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists. At MindSpace, he offers MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction and MindfulnessBased Cognitive Therapy to individuals, groups, and organizations. Dr. Flanders works with clients in English and in French.

Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP

Location: Toronto, Ontario

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.

Contact Melissa Nigrini

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MBSR Mentors – UCSD

The following MBSR mentors have been approved by the Center for Mindfulness at UC San Diego. If MBSR trainees with The Centre for Mindfulness Studies choose to complete the MBSR mentorship module with one of these mentors, they must submit an Alternative Module Assessment Request along with proof of the mentorship hours completed.
Allan Barboza

Location: Costa Rica

Allan Barboza is the Founder and Director of the Centro Costarricense para Mindfulness (Costa Rican Center for Mindfulness) in Central America, a certified MBSR Teacher and a Certified Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapist. He also has been trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and along with his passion to bring mindfulness practices to the adult populations, he received the curricular training from Mindful Schools and initiated the first educational institution in Costa Rica that included in its curriculum a mindfulness-based protocol which he currently supervises. One of Allan’s main interests is to spread MBSR to Latin American communities and countries, a task that he started by translating important material to Spanish, co-teaching also in South America and becoming a Spanish speaking MBSR Mentor. His passion around contemplative practices enables him to continue to dedicate time to study, practice and investigate, and in 2013, he participated in the first mindfulness meditation oriented research in his country. As the pioneer of Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs) in Costa Rica and a committed practitioner of Zen meditation, Allan is a true supporter of maintaining the essence and the ethics around this noble practice as a way to guarantee a responsible approach to all these interventions. (Allan’s bio in Spanish)

 Visit his website: mindfulnesscr.com

Pam Erdmann

Location: New Hampshire, USA

Pam Erdmann started working for the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1993. Before joining the CFM, Pam was the Associate Chairperson of the Counseling Psychology Department at Antioch/New England University with a private therapy practice for families and adults. After joining the CFM, she first worked in the Prison Project and then in the Stress Reduction Clinic where she worked with corporations, educators and the general public. Since 2003, she continues to design and teach teacher training courses and supervise trainees at the University of Bangor, Wales, U.K. as well as reviewing certifications and supervising teachers for Oasis for the CFM. Currently she is teaching MBSR in the County House of Correction, Marlborough, NH. In her 78th year, Pam’s great passion is training “the next generation”. Her focus continues to be helping folks bring all of themselves into the classroom: vulnerability, courage and expertise. She believes that there be a commitment to living the curriculum rather than just “showing up,” focusing on presence not perfection. Pam is totally in love with MBSR supervision and all the folks with whom she has been fortunate enough to share the journey.

Micki Fine M.Ed LPC

Location: Texas, USA

Micki Fine is the founder and director of Mindful Living in Houston, Texas. She is as passionate about spreading the practice of mindfulness as she was when she started teaching in 1995. She is credentialed as a Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (2005), holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is licensed as a professional counselor. She has been in private psychotherapy practice since 1990. Micki teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in a variety of settings including her private practice, Rice University and formerly, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for patients, faculty and staff, among others. In addition, Micki has consulted on and taught for national grants (NIDA) studying mindfulness and its effects on chemical dependency recovery and smoking cessation. Micki is the author of The Need to Please: Mindfulness Skill for Gaining Freedom from Chronic People Pleasing and Approval Seeking, which has been translated into Spanish and French.

Website: www.livingmindfully.org

Allan Goldstein

Location: California, USA

Allan Goldstein, Certified MBSR Teacher, providing MBSR Teacher Training, and MBSR Mentorship is a Senior Advisor on the Leadership Team of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Allan’s passion for supporting Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teachers through MBSR Training and MBSR Mentorship began in 1993 when he first participated in an MBSR program. Continuing to explore the foundations of MBSR and mindfulness led Allan to training programs offered by the UMass Center for Mindfulness. He established MBSR Programs of Hawaii where he joyfully lived and taught for 14 years. He Joined Dr. Steven Hickman, UC San Diego CFM Founding Director, in 2011 and was a leader in the development of the UCSD CFM Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute and MBSR Certification programs. Allan has taught MBSR extensively to groups and individuals in health care, university, Veterans Health Administration, and community settings. Allan’s strong passion, for the valuable teachings found within MBSR, continues through his teaching, professional MBSR Teacher Training programs and practicum intensives which along with mentoring current and future MBSR teachers is now Allan’s dedicated focus of work in the health-care field of mindfulness programs.

 Visit his website mbsrmentorship.com

Trish Magyari MS LCPC

Location: Maryland, USA

Trish Magyari is a Certified MBSR teacher, mindfulness-based psychotherapist and Insight Meditation teacher who has taught the MBSR course over 70 times, specializing in trauma, chronic pain, illness, disability, anxiety, depression and grief. Trish completed the UMASS MBSR Teacher Development Intensive (TDI) under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2000, as well as MBCT teacher training in 2003 and MSC teacher training in 2015. She served as Director of MBSR at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine (UM-CIM) and since 2003 has offered a professional MBSR/mindfulness-based therapy practicum, apprenticeship and supervision. Trish has developed the curriculum for and led the MBSR intervention in clinical trials at the NIH, UM-CIM, and Johns Hopkins Hospital for people with chronic pain conditions, for HIV positive urban youth, and for adults with PTSD from childhood sexual abuse. Trish is also a registered yoga teacher and certified LifeForce Yoga practitioner, specializing in yoga for anxiety, depression and PTSD. She has a passion for supporting developing teachers in reaching their professional goals and draws on her experience of providing almost 1,000 hours of one-on-one supervision to graduate counseling students at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

 Call her mobile 443-939-0232 Visit her website trishmagyari.com

Kate Mitcheom MSN CNM RYT

Location: Connecticut, USA

Kate Mitcheom has been practicing meditation since 1991 and teaching meditation since 1995. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Yale University in 1981. In 1995 and 1997 she trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., founder of the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. In 1996 she founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) at the Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven, CT, where she teaches meditation to pregnant women and their partners in the inner-city and offers MBSR for patients with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Kate has also taught Mindfulness in schools and completed training in MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) with Susan Woods in 2011. She is certified by and teaches for the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, offers consulting, conference presentations and staff development training for hospitals, health centers, schools and universities throughout Connecticut and New England. Kate completed Yoga Teacher Training with Todd Norian and has been teaching yoga for the past 15 years. She also completed a four year study in Energy Medicine with the Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences in Hartford, CT. Since 1995, she has attended approximately 15 silent meditation retreats of 7-14 days duration at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. In 2013 she completed a year long Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.
She lives in Branford, CT where she and her husband of over thirty years raised their three children. 

 Visit her website katemitcheom.com 

Paul Sugar

Location: Arizona, USA

Paul Sugar is the Founder and Director of the Scottsdale Institute for Health and Medicine. Paul completed the advanced MBSR teacher training in 1994 at the Center for Mindfulness pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and is a Certified MBSR instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at UCSD. He has taught over 80 8-week MBSR and MBCT programs and has delivered hundreds of mindfulness-based workshops for over the last 20 years. Paul has taught mindfulness in the healthcare, corporate, academic, sports and private sectors. In addition, he created The Attention Academy school program in 1998 which has become a seminal mindfulness in the schools study. He has also spearheaded a number of other mindfulness-based studies in the healthcare field. Paul has been practicing and teaching meditation, yoga and tai chi for over 40 years. In his role as business entrepreneur he has founded and operated a number of service related businesses in the healthcare field and serves on the Board of Directors of three mindfulness-based non-profit organizations. Beyond combining management, financial and marketing skills to maximize the growth of these organizations, Paul has applied the principles of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Peak Performance to create a uniquely effective business model.

 Visit his website stressbeaters.com

Helen Vantine PhD

Location: Georgia, USA

Helen Vantine is the founder and co-director of the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute. She has a private psychotherapy practice where she practices mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She is credentialed as an MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, and has been a teaching assistant for the CFM at the Omega Institute. She is also trained as a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy teacher through UCSD. She has taught mindfulness and MBSR extensively in corporations, health care settings, universities, and government agencies, as well as teaching over 500 individuals in MBSR courses over that past 9 years. In addition, she has led a number of supervision groups in the practice of mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Helen has had a meditation practice since 1971. For the past 20 years she has studied Buddhism, both in the Zen tradition and the Theravada tradition. She is currently enrolled in the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock. Helen believes that meditation is the fundamental practice for raising consciousness. For the past 10 years she has found that MBSR programs are an amazingly effective tool for raising consciousness by introducing meditation and mindfulness in a systematic, accessible and thoughtful manner. In addition to open enrollment courses, the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute has offered Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, an 8-week course based on MBSR targeting psychotherapists and health care professionals. This course has introduced over 250 psychotherapists to the practice of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Livia F. Walsh MS MA RN LMFT

Location: California, USA

Livia F. Walsh is a Nurse and a licensed Psychotherapist in private practice in Encinitas, California. In her 40+ years of professional practice, she pursued training in the areas of holistic/integrative health including mindfulness. She is the founder of Mindfulness For Health and Well-Being which offers programs such as Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life. She is a certified MBSR teacher, trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and the senior teaching staff.

She is a Senior Guiding Teacher and Mentor at University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Livia is also a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher at UCSD and completed her training with Kristen Neff, Chris Germer, Steve Hickman and Michelle Becker. She has integrated mindfulness in her work as a nurse and psychotherapist with patients, students/ and interns. She teaches MBI’s to the professional and clinical staffs and interns in settings including hospice, hospitals, cancer centers, senior and community centers. She has presented Mindfulness based workshops/programs to such populations as nurses, physicians, teachers, psychotherapists and clergy. She believes strongly in the mind-body connection and in an integrative approach to attaining and sustaining optimal health and well-being
Livia has taught meditation practices for over 30 years and received teachings from several teachers/masters in the Tibetan and Zen Buddhist traditions. She is ordained in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Inter-being and continues to be a student, teacher and practitioner.

Char Wilkins MSW LCSW

Location: Connecticut, USA

Char Wilkins is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindful Eating/Conscious Living (ME-CL) programs. She has been awarded teacher certification in MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA. Char specializes in working with women who have experience childhood abuse and struggle with depression, anxiety and disordered eating. As a senior trainer at UCSD Professional Training Institute, she is currently a lead facilitator for the MBSR foundational program and both ME-CL 1 & 2 trainings.  Char particularly enjoys mentoring one-on-one those teachers-in-training engaged in deepening their practice and further their teaching skills in MBSR, ME-CL or MBCT. She has had a longstanding meditation practice that includes extended yearly retreats and is currently studying Qigong and Taijiquan. An experienced facilitator and mentor she is never without her sense of humor and a few mindless moments!

 Visit her website amindfulpath.com

Personal Programs

Start: Monday, July 16, 2018
Start: Sunday, July 22, 2018
Start: Sunday, July 29, 2018
Start: Monday, July 30, 2018

Professional Development

Start: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
2018-09-12 17:30:00
Start: Monday, September 24, 2018
2018-09-24 13:30:00
Start: Friday, September 28, 2018
2018-09-28 13:30:00
Start: Saturday, September 29, 2018
2018-09-29 19:30:00