Upcoming Programs


We are closely following developments regarding the coronavirus.
The following programs had been scheduled for the April/May/June time frame:
– Mindfulness-based Symptom Management (8-week version)
– Mindful Self-Compassion (8-week version)
– Mindful-Self Compassion (5-day version)
– any Information Sessions for the above programs
In the interest of safeguarding the health of both our program participants and our staff, we have decided to delay registrations for the above-noted programs for the time being.  Due to the evolving nature of the situation, we are unable to provide revised scheduling at this time.
We will continue to monitor any developments and advice provided by local health authorities and will update you with revised scheduling as soon as we are able.
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.
Drs. Lynette Monteiro & Frank Musten
Directors, Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic


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Information sessions for MBSM are scheduled in January, April, and August for the February-March, May-June, and September-October  programs.

Attending information sessions are 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.