In 2002, after a career in geology, business, education and research that spanned 18 years, I completed a M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy. I currently practice Occupational Therapy and teach mindfulness programs at the Vancouver Coastal Mental Health and Substance Use Program, am an Advisor and Mentor for trainee mindfulness facilitators attending the UCLA Training in Mindfulness Facilitation Program, and offer mindfulness based programs to the general public.
Committed to lifelong learning and a personal daily meditation practice, I regularly attend silent meditation retreats and other mindfulness-based and cognitive behavioral therapy trainings. I am very passionate about teaching mindfulness, and strongly believe in the ability of individuals to find their own inner wisdom and strength in healing. I have witnessed this healing while facilitating almost 60 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 also worked extensively with individuals to help improve functioning in daily activities, and manage anxiety, depression, stress, addictions and psychosis. I have also co-facilitated mindfulness courses for health care professionals, clients at private clinics in Vancouver. I believe in increasing access to the transformative power of mindfulness among those who have the least access.
I completed the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Training in Mindfulness Facilitation program, and am a UCLA Affiliated Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) instructor. I am a Certified MBCT and MBSR Teacher through the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute, and regularly attend teacher development courses. 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, and am also involved in mindfulness research with students and faculty at the School.
For me, the practice of mindfulness is an active engagement with life in its fullness.
Professional Registrations and Certifications
Member, College of Occupational Therapists of B.C.
Certified MBSR Teacher, UCSD School of Medicine Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute
Certified MBCT Teacher, UCSD School of Medicine Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute
Affiliated MAPs Instructor, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
Certified Mindfulness Teacher, International Mindfulness Teachers Association
I have studied with leading 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 Certification in MBSR
2017 UCSD Advanced Teacher Training Intensive in MBCT and MBSR
2016-2017 UCSD Certification in MBCT
2016 UCLA MAPs Teacher Training
2016 UCLA Training in Mindfulness Facilitation
2016 UCSD MBCT Teacher Training
2015 University of Massachusetts Teacher Development Intensive
2013 University of Massachusetts Practicum in MBSR
2010 University of Massachusetts 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