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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, 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.

Contact Tom Heah  Visit his website mindfulnessinaction.ca

Seonaigh MacPherson, Ph.D.

Location: Chilliwack, BC

Seonaigh began meditative practices over 40 years ago at the age of 19. Since then, she has amassed over 20,000 hours of practice in retreat and daily practice contexts. Throughout the 1990s, she lived and researched in the Himalayas in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, culminating in the completion of a doctoral dissertation at UBC on A Path of Learning: Indo-Tibetan Buddhism as Education. She has studied extensively with many of the leading Buddhist teachers of meditation, including the Heads of all Tibetan orders as well as over 200 hours, including private consultations, with HH the Dalai Lama. Her undergraduate university degree is in Psychology and her doctorate in comparative interdisciplinary studies in education. In the MBSR tradition, she has studied with Jon Kabat Zinn, Susan Woods, Pat Rockman, and Evan Collins. Her abiding interest throughout these varied experiences has been to integrate mindfulness and other contemplative practices into Western educational systems – formal, non-formal and informal.

Currently, Seonaigh reside in Chilliwack, BC, where she serves as Head of the Department of Adult Education at the University of the Fraser Valley. Under her leadership, the Department has introduced a range of undergraduate courses in mindfulness and wellbeing, and they are preparing to launch the first for-credit graduate certificate in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning (MBTL). Her particular interests in mindfulness are the promotion of lifelong learning, wellbeing and health, and environmental awareness.

Contact Seonaigh

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.

Contact The Centre

Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)

Profession: Occupational Therapist

Blakie is the lead at the Centre’s Guelph satellite location where she facilitates both MBCT and MBSR group as well as beginner’s mindfulness workshops and silent retreats. She also facilitates online MBCT groups with the Centre. She has worked in mental health for over 13 years. and has additional training in CBT having taught a CBT for Anxiety group for 6 years. She is a certified MBCT facilitator and now mentors new MBCT facilitators. Blakie also has a private OT practice supporting Canadian veterans with mental health and addictions challenges and assisting people with successful return to work plans.

Contact Blakie Sahay

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.

Contact Susan Woods
Website:  www.slwoods.com

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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