MBSM Trained, Qualified and Certified Facilitators


MBSM Qualified & Certified Facilitators

Trained Facilitators have completed the fundamental programs of MBSM and may use the mindfulness approach in their professional training as therapists, coaches, meditation facilitators, etc.

Qualified Facilitators have completed supervised/mentored teaching and are considered qualified to offer the 8-week version of the MBSM program in their professional practices.

Certified Facilitators have completed additional intensive training in the OMC and are considered qualified to offer 5-day and 8-week versions MBSM programs. Some certified facilitators may also mentor facilitators-in-training.

MBSM Certified facilitators providing 8-week MBSM program in person or online. They also provide psychotherapy and/or yoga in their private practices.

Tesia Bryski, MEd, RP, is a Registered Psychotherapist and an active practitioner, student, and teacher of mindfulness and meditation. Tesia is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and teaches at various yoga studios across the city of Ottawa. More information here.

Heather Cross LL.B. is a freelance criminal defence lawyer and writer. She offers Hatha Yoga at Here and Now studio.

Margaret Dupee, PhD, is a Psychophysiologist. She teaches courses and offers individual consultations in the area of Mindfulness for Stress Management & Optimal Performance. The training incorporates neuro/biofeedback techniques to help cultivate present-moment awareness and self-regulation skills. More information here.

Sarah Good, OT Reg (Ont), is a registered Occupational Therapist. Sarah has a community-based practice in which she provides occupational therapy to adults and children in their homes, workplaces, and neighbourhoods.  She is the lead facilitator of Mindfulness for Pain and Chronic Illness Management at the OMC. More information here.

Siobhan Nearey, RP, is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa. More information here.

Marie-Andrée Papineau, RP, is a Registered Psychotherapist with a private practice in the province of Quebec. Contact: map.ocentre@gmail.com.

Corien Peeters, PHD CPsych, provides psychological services to adults and adolescents in her private practice. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist and a Trained facilitator in Mindful Self Compassion. Contact: dr.corien.peeters@gmail.com

Sheila Robertson, MSW, RSW, offers experiential workshops on mindfulness to various community, employee, volunteer and student groups. She is a certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with training in diversity/equity/inclusion, trauma-informed mindfulness practices, and experience in online teaching. Contact: sheilarober@gmail.com.

Julia Sage, MSW, RSW, is a registered social worker and psychotherapist in private practice supporting adults with symptoms of anxiety including OCD, panic & health anxiety.  She incorporates CBT, ACT, mindfulness & compassion-based approaches in her work with clients. She is a Trained mindfulness facilitator (MBSM) &  a certified yoga instructor. More Information here.

Aarathi Selvan, MA, EdM (USA), MPhil(ClPsy, India), has been teaching & training professionals to deliver MBSM in Hyderabad, India, since 2015. She incorporates mindfulness in her private practice with clients and also leads introductory programs of mindfulness in the community. More information here.


Trained, Qualified, and Certified Facilitators in the Ottawa Community
Currently offering programs or psychotherapy

Deborah Boldt, MSW, RSW, is a Qualified MBSM facilitator whose personal Mindfulness practice continues to inform her life and deepen her Structural Social Work practice.  Within an anti-oppressive framework, Deborah offers mindfulness, compassion and somatic-based approaches for Women, LGBTQIA2S and the BIPOC community focusing on Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, and Life Span Transitions. More information here.

DR. Andrew Burr, PhD, CPsych, is a psychologist in private practice at the Ottawa Anxiety and Trauma Clinic and a Certified MBSM  facilitator. He provides psychological services to adults in the area of trauma, anxiety, and depression. He also provides EMDR therapy, as well as CBT and mindfulness-based approaches.  More information here.

Craig Mackie, MA, MSW, RSW, is a Trained MBSM facilitator, a certified Transformative Mindfulness practitioner, 16 Guidelines international facilitator trainer, and has taken multiple trainings in clinical and mindfulness modalities. Craig offers mindfulness programs for youth and adults. More information here.

Guilhème Pérodeau, PhD is a Certified MBSM facilitator, Professor of psychology at the University of Quebec in Outaouais and a registered psychologist with a private practice. She uses mindfulness in her clinical training of doctoral psychology students.

Julia Sage, MSW, RSW, is a registered social worker and psychotherapist in private practice supporting adults with symptoms of anxiety including OCD, panic & health anxiety.  She incorporates CBT, ACT, mindfulness & compassion-based approaches in her work with clients. She is a trained mindfulness facilitator (MBSM) &  a certified yoga instructor. More information here about current & upcoming offerings.

Susan Veale, BSc Kin. is a Trained MBSM facilitator, Kinesiologist and owner/practitioner of Wellness Natural Health Centre in Calabogie, ON. She is a Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Reflexologist, and Reiki Master. She has co-authored two books and writes many wellness articles for various publications.  More information here.

Jane Wood, Nutritionist, CD, is a Trained MBSM facilitator who retired from the military and started her own nutrition and mindfulness practice. She strongly roots her beliefs in holistic approaches and incorporates mindfulness into her nutritional and lifestyle counselling. Jane’s practice is physically located in Pembroke, Ontario and thanks to the internet she currently has clients all over the globe.   More information here.