Lynette Monteiro, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice, Clinical Professor (University of Ottawa), and co-founder of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic (OMC). Born in Rangoon, Burma, she was strongly influenced by her grandmothers, one who was Catholic and the other Buddhist. In 1965, she immigrated to Montreal, Canada, with her parents and brother and grew up as one of a handful of Burmese families in Canada. Moving away from the religious influences of her childhood, she found herself retaining the meditative practices of Buddhism that she learned in childhood and which seemed to surface as coping strategies in stressful situations. Through her work as a Zen practitioner and psychologist, Lynette also came to understand the intricate link between physiology and emotional states as she explored what it meant to grow up in a violent dictatorship and experience being uprooted from family and friends as a child.
After completing a graduate degree in Chemistry & Archeology, she worked for the Canadian Federal Government as an Analytical Chemist, diving into her love of ancient history and cultural change. Later she was a freelance writer and columnist for Ottawa Magazine. Returning to graduate school in 1984, she completed a Masters in Psychology, studying the neurobehavioural components of human communication disorders (stuttering) and then completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Through all her studies she maintained a close relationship with Buddhist psychological perspectives of cognitive processing.
With the advent of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, she entered into the field of Mindfulness Interventions in 2003. She is trained in MBSR, MBCT, MiCBT, Buddhist Chaplaincy, and is Certified as a Teacher of Mindful Self Compassion. Establishing the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic was an important transition from being a solitary practitioner of meditation to stepping out into community. With her partner, Dr. Frank Musten, she developed the Mindfulness program at the OMC to directly address suffering as an incongruence between who we are and who we wish to be. Focusing on values which are the base upon which mindfulness rests, a framework of values guides the heart of mindfulness skills for well-being.
As Training Director for the Professional Training Program at the OMC and a Clinical Supervisor for doctoral candidates of the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Lynette has developed a comprehensive training program for professional training in Mindfulness Interventions. Lynette’s writings on Buddhism are published at 108 Zen Books and writings on Mindfulness are found here in the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic blog. Articles in peer-reviewed journals are available on Academia.edu.
Mindfulness Starts Here: An eight-week guide to skillful living is her first book, co-authored with her partner, Frank Musten, and is the culmination of her aspiration to make the simplicity of mindfulness practices accessible to everyone. Contributions to edited books include Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness (Springer 2015) and Lotus Petals in the Snow: Voices of Canadian Buddhist Women (Sumeru Press 2015). She is co-editor of A Practitioner’s Guide to Ethics and Mindfulness Based Interventions (Springer 2017).