Mindfulness Training and Consulting

I provide individual mindfulness coaching, consulting services, as well as customized trainings and “unworkshops” to organizations (including schools, school boards, agencies) on mindfulness and related topics.  Why “UNworkshop”?  Simply put, “workshop” implies “work” which implies Doing — an “UNworkshop” (which I design and deliver true to the term) aligns with the non-doing aspect of mindfulness, which involves an “UNdoing” of habitual ways of thinking and doing, towards a more skillful and compassionate way of “Being” with one’s experiences and within relationships. The focus is on helping participants experience an embodied and experiential understanding of the learnings and not simply a conceptual understanding.  Regardless of the topic, unworkshops are always highly experiential and interactive, and integrate various mindfulness and yoga practices.

Past unworkshops include:

  • Introduction to mindfulness
  • Foundational Attitudes of mindfulness
  • Exploring intentionality in mindful living
  • Cultivating a sustainable daily practice
  • Trauma-informed/trauma-sensitive mindfulness
  • Cultivating space for authenticity in the workplace
  • Introduction to mindfulness for parents
  • Mindfulness for mental health professionals
  • Mindfulness for Educators
  • Preventing burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Mindful yoga and meditation classes for school staff
  • Mindfulness unworkshops for children and youth
  • Teen yoga and mindfulness meditation classes
  • Family yoga/wellness evening

These are simply ideas – unworkshops are always customized to address your needs.

My approach

When working with a client, I like to have an initial phone conversation or in-person meeting to conduct a needs assessment in order to ensure that the training/workshop components will adequately meet your team/organization’s needs.  As clinical psychologists, we are trained as evidence-based practitioners and systems thinkers.  My philosophy is to help individuals and organizations to cultivate a mindfulness lens to the work that they are already doing, to help them find their own entry point and meet them where they are, and to support the development of a sustainable mindful culture that builds on existing successes and strengths.  My intention is always to help people connect with their innate wisdom and to draw desired solutions from within.  I strive to create a space that allows for authentic and meaningful connection, felt experiential shifts, and reflective dialogue, in order to empower and help individuals experience the relevance of mindfulness and cultivate the changes they desire in a sustainable way.

Some of my past offerings and clients include:

  • Durham District School Board: 2-day mindfulness intensive training for psychologists and social workers (with Mindfulness Everyday)
  • Simcoe County District School Board:
    • 2-day mindfulness intensive training for social workers (with Karen Davis)
    • 2-day mindfulness intensive training for child and youth counsellors (with Karen Davis)
  • York Catholic District School Board:
    • Introduction to Mindfulness meditation session for educational assistants, as part of Wellness Day
    • Mindfulness UNworkshop for teachers, as part of Mental Health Symposium
    • Mindfulness UNworkshop for Professional Support Staff
  • YouthSpeak: Mindfulness Introductory UNworkshop for youth speakers
  • TMS School: Mindfulness Introductory UNworkshop for educators
  • St. Francis Xavier CS (YCDSB)
    • Family Wellness night (family yoga and mindfulness sessions for children and parents)
    • Mindful yoga class for educators
  • St. John XXIII CS (YCDSB): Mindfulness Introductory UNworkshop for staff
  • JB Tyrell Senior PS (TDSB): Mindfulness and yoga session for staff
  • Holy Spirit CS (YCDSB): Mindfulness and mental health UNworkshop for parents
  • Sir Samuel B. Steele (TDSB): Introduction to mindfulness for educators

Please feel free to contact me to further discuss your needs and how we can work together!