Upcoming Programs

COVID-19 UPDATE

As parts of the province begin to re-open, we would like to provide you with an update on the status of our programming.

When it comes to resuming our programs, we want to do so safely, following the latest public health rules and recommendations.  Our programs are typically held in-person at our offices, with 10-14 participants and two instructors in attendance.  We recognize that this program model is not currently possible, both due to the limits on gatherings and the need to maintain social distancing.  In addition, the College of Psychologists of Ontario is recommending that psychologists continue to provide services virtually, if at all possible.

Keeping this in mind, we are developing an online version of our 8-week Mindfulness-based Symptom Management program.  This program will launch in the fall.  We will offer the program using an online course delivery platform, our practice’s secure video conferencing platform, or a combination thereof.  Further details regarding scheduling, cost, and insurance coverage will be available in the near future.

While we do not yet know what the situation will be this fall, we feel that this is the best way to resume our programming while following current regulations and maintaining the safety of our participants and instructors.

If you are interested in remaining on our list to receive further details about the online fall programming, please let us know by return email.  We are also happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please note that our office is currently closed, so email via this link will be the best way to reach us.

In the interim, we strongly advise you to take the recommended precautions to ensure your own health and wellbeing. The uncertainty about the progress of COVIS-19 and its impact can be anxiety-provoking. We encourage you to reach out to your support network of family, friends, and any healthcare professionals for your self-care needs.

Community support is available through the Ottawa Distress Centre 613-238-1089 and, for health information, the Ottawa Public Health.

Thank you for your interest in our programs.

Drs. Lynette Monteiro & Frank Musten
Directors, Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic

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Information sessions for MBSM are suspended until the COVID-19 issues are resolved to our satisfaction.

When we resume face-to-face meetings, attending information sessions will be required (no charge) before attending our 8-week MBSM. Please contact us for more information.

Insurance coverage is available through your extended health care benefits (Sun Life, Great West Life, Manulife, etc.). The amount of coverage depends on the individual employer’s benefit plan. All our programs are lead by Psychologists registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the fees are typically covered by almost all insurers as a Psychological Service. Some insurers may require a physician’s referral. Please check if this is the case for your specific insurer.

Mindfulness-based Symptom Management (M4CORE) for stress, depression, anxiety are offered in February, May, and September, typically on Tuesdays or Thursdays 6-8PM with an extended day of practice after the fourth session.

Mindfulness-based Symptom Management for Pain and Chronic Illness (M4PCI) is open for registration. If you require approval from HCAI, VAC or WSIB, please contact us as soon as possible to facilitate the documentation for the program. The program will begin when there are sufficient participants (maximum 12 participants). If you qualify for WSIB or HCAI, please let us know so we can apply for treatment authorization. Contact us for more information.

Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management OSI (M4OSI) is a mindfulness program for active-service military, Veterans, and First Responders with an Operational Stress Injury (OSI). Contact us for more information. Fees for veterans (VAC) and current members of CAF are covered by Blue Cross and pre-authorization is required. Contact us for more information.

Learn more about the M4 courses here.

Mindfulness-based Symptom Management – MBSM

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Mindfulness-based Symptom Management (MBSM)

Mindfulness-based Symptom Management (M4-Core) is designed for individuals experiencing stress related to life events (relationships, work, family, depression, anxiety, loss, etc.). Over 8 weeks, each weekly session focuses on cultivating mindfulness skills through the following themes:

  • body awareness,
  • understanding our perceptions of ourselves, others, and the world,
  • cultivating tolerance of distress, and
  • transforming reactivity into respons-ability.

In the MBSM program, you will learn

  • the fundamentals of mindfulness practices
  • how to become more aware of the mind-body connection
  • mindfulness-based stress awareness and coping skills
  • how the Five Skillful Habits can support your values and how to live in line with those values
  • self-care strategies that go together with mindfulness skills

Read more about MBSM here.