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 Facilitation 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.
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 an advisor with the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is certified through UCSD in facilitating MBSR and MBCT, and has completed the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation program at UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Since 2006, Tom has facilitated mindfulness-based courses for people who have mental health, substance use issues, physical and neuromuscular conditions, and the general public. He is a clinical faculty member at the School of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia, where he has been involved in research, preceptorships with students, and lectured on mindfulness applications.

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.

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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.

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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.

Rosemina Munjee RP

 Location: Toronto, Ontario  

 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. Rosemina   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.

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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.

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Rhea Plosker MC, MASc, RSW, RP
Location: Online (from Toronto, Ontario)

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.com.

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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Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)

Profession: Occupational Therapist & Psychotherapist 

Blakie Sahay (she/her) BA, BscOT., MEd., is an occupational therapist, psychotherapist, and mindfulness based program facilitator and trainor. She holds advanced certifications in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and has additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT),  and various trauma-informed approaches. At the Centre for Mindfulness Studies (Toronto, Canada), Blakie facilitates a variety of mindfulness-based group programs delivers professional development programs and mentors new mindfulness facilitators-in-training. She also provides tailored mindfulness-based workshops for various organizations and businesses from local libraries, mental health organizations to universities and large corporations. Blakie has a private occupational therapy practice working with veterans and active duty military personnel with mental health, trauma and/or addictions challenges. She is also a certified yoga teacher and is currently a student in a 2-year Dharma Meditation Teacher Training with True North Insight. Blakie has additional training in trauma informed, trauma sensitive mindfulness approaches, anti-racism training and anti-oppression therapy practice. She is part of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. 

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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.

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