Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention in the present moment. This helps us to relate differently to such conditions as Depression and Anxiety, opening us up to possibilities for change and reducing our reactivity. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a treatment for Depression and Anxiety that examines the relationship between beliefs, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. CBT identifies thoughts as thoughts (rather than the facts we believe them to be) and challenges them, opening us to more constructive beliefs, leading to changes in moods and behaviours.
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23rd – November 25th (no group on October 21st)
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am (Sept. 23 will finish at noon)
To register: Call the Artists’ Health Centre at 416-603-5263
Patricia Rockman, MD CCFP FCFP is an associate professor with the University of Toronto, department of family and community medicine; cross appointed to psychiatry. She is the chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Collaborative Mental Health Network. She has a private practice in CBT and leads MBCT groups. She has been educating healthcare providers in stress reduction, CBT and mindfulness-based practices for over 20 years. She is the director of education at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.
Leysa Cerswell, MA is a clinical psychology PhD student, focusing on mindfulness-based interventions. She manages the social program at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, which focuses on the health of marginalized people and the front-line health care workers who serve them. She has facilitated global leadership seminars for youth in China, Kuwait, Australia, and North America; has trained mental health workers in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi; and currently facilitates MBCT groups in Toronto.