In 2002, after a career in geology, business, and education, I completed a M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy (OT). Currently, I practice OT and teach mindfulness programs at the Vancouver Coastal Mental Health and Substance Use Program. As an Advisor for the UCLA Training in Mindfulness Facilitation Program, and a Mentor for MBSR and MBCT teacher trainees at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, I enjoy the learning and growth that teaching offers. I also offer mindfulness courses to the general public in group and individual formats, and teach mindfulness classes for Langara College.
Committed to lifelong learning and a personal daily meditation practice, I regularly attend silent meditation retreats and other mindfulness and therapeutic trainings. Passionate about teaching mindfulness, I strongly believe in the ability of individuals to find their own wisdom and strength in healing. I have witnessed this healing while facilitating over 90 eight-week courses since 2006 including:
- Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention
- Mindful Way Through Smoking, and
- Introductory Mindfulness Meditation courses
Using mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques, I have worked with individuals to help improve functioning in daily activities, and manage anxiety, depression, stress, addictions and psychosis.
Through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), I completed the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation program, and am a UCLA Affiliated Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) instructor. I am also Certified MBCT and MBSR Teacher through the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute. As a Clinical Faculty member at the University of British Columbia School of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, I enjoy introducing students to the applications of mindfulness and compassion in health care.
Professional Registrations and Certifications
Member, College of Occupational Therapists of B.C.
Certified MBSR and MBCT Teacher, UCSD School of Medicine Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (www.mbpti.org/certified-teachers-coaches-directory/)
Affiliated MAPs Instructor, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
Certified Mindfulness Teacher, International Mindfulness Teachers Association
Access MBCT member
I have studied with mindfulness-based teachers including Adrianne Ross, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Diana Winston, Marvin Belzer, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Susan Woods, Saki Santorelli, Mark Lau, Patricia Rockman and Andrea Grabovac.
2017-2018 UCSD Certifications in MBSR & MBCT
2016 UCLA MAPs Teacher Training
2016 UCLA Training in Mindfulness Facilitation
2010-15 University of Massachusetts Teacher Development Intensive;
Practicum in MBSR and Training in Mind-Body Medicine
2007 Changeways MBCT Teacher Training
2005-2006 MBSR teacher training
2005 University of Toronto Certificate in Tobacco Cessation Counseling
2002 M.Sc.(OT) McMaster University
1991, 1982 M.Sc. & B.Sc.(Hons) University of British Columbia